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  • MAMA PLUS - How can I be sure my new born is growing at the expected rate?

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    Perhaps your six month old has not rolled over yet, but the child development chart shows that some babies start rolling over at five months. Or possibly your neighbor's eleven month old is walking, but your thirteen month old has not attempted to walk.

    Maybe you are worried that your baby's development is not where it should be and wonder what this means for his or her future. Comparing your baby's development to other infants or to norms on developmental charts should be avoided. Instead it is important to know that babies develop at different rates and should only be compared to their individual milestones from the previous week or month.

    Infant development is divided into four categories:

    · Social: How your baby interacts to the human face and voice. Examples include learning to smile and coo. A social delay may indicate a problem with vision or hearing or with emotional or intellectual development.

    · Language: Receptive language development (how well baby actually understands) is a better gauge of progress than expressive language development (how well baby actually speaks). Slow language development can indicate a vision or hearing problem and should be evaluated.

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  • MAMA PLUS - What are "Baby Blues" and how can I deal with them?

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    Having a baby can be both exhilarating and exhausting. It can bring much joy, but it can also challenge you in ways you never expected. Soon after giving birth, many women feel weepy and moody. You may be blessed with a beautiful baby and a loving partner, yet you find yourself crying over things that usually wouldn't bother you.

    Approximately 70-80% of all new mothers experience some negative feelings or mood swings after the birth of their child. Often the symptoms of "baby blues" will hit forcefully within four to five days after the birth of the baby, although depending on how the birth of the baby went, they may be noticeable earlier.

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