Normal Child Development Information For Our Patients in Jackson, MS

 
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Newborns

Here's what you might see your baby doing between the ages of 0 and 2 weeks old.
 
 

Reflexes

 
  • Reflexive actions: crying, grasping, yawning, swallowing, sucking, blinking, coughing, gagging, sneezing
  • Grasps whatever is placed in hand
  • Sucks whatever is placed in mouth
  • Is startled by sudden noises and movements Movement
  • Jerky, mostly uncontrolled motions
 
  • Waves arms, kicks legs, wiggles and squirms
  • Cannot turn body or support head without assistance
  • Cannot sit without support
  • May turn head from side to side while lying on back

 
 
 

Reflexes

 
  • Usually sleeps from 17 to 20 hours per day
  • Cries and fusses about 1 to 4 hours per day
 
  • Is alert and quiet about 2 to 3 hours per day
 
 
 

Sleep/Wakefulness

 
  • Usually sleeps from 17 to 20 hours per day
  • Cries and fusses about 1 to 4 hours per day
 
  • Is alert and quiet about 2 to 3 hours per day
 
 
 

Vision

 
  • Cannot focus clearly
  • Sees best at 8 to 10 inches Interactive Behaviors and Senses
  • Smiles spontaneously and unselectively
  • Discriminates between some smells
  • Begins to turn in direction of sound
  • Begins to distinguish the human voice from other sounds
 
  • Is more sensitive to high-pitched voices, especially mother's voice
  • Is best calmed by a soft, rhythmic voice
  • Cries a lot
  • Makes tiny gurgling sounds when content
  • Shows preference for the human face
 
 
 

2 Weeks Old

Here's what you might see your baby doing between the ages of 2 weeks and 2 months.
 
 

Movement

 
  • Movements gradually become smoother and more controlled
  • Lifts chin for a few seconds when lying on tummy
 
  • Cannot support head without assistance
  • Grasps whatever is placed in hand
 
 
 

Vision and Hearing

 
  • May follow some moving objects with eyes
  • Explores surroundings with eyes
  • Turns in direction of some sounds Interactive Behaviors
  • Gives more precise meaning to crying (hunger, discomfort, excitement)
  • Cries when left alone; usually stops when picked up
 
  • Makes variety of gurgling and cooing sounds when happy and content
  • Makes eye contact
  • May quiet down in response to human face
  • Responds positively to being held and comforted
  • May smile socially at familiar faces and voices, especially mother's voice
 
Remember: Each child is unique. It is therefore difficult to describe exactly what should be expected at each stage of a child's development. While certain behaviors and physical milestones tend to occur at certain ages, a wide spectrum of growth and behavior for each age is normal.

These guidelines are offered as a way of showing a general progression through the developmental stages rather than as fixed requirements for normal development at specific ages. It is perfectly natural for a child to attain some milestones earlier and other milestones later than the general trend.