Factors and Hazards of Infant Development

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This research is being submitted on March 10, 2013, for Melissa Shamblott’s EC100 Section 05 Foundations of Child Development course.

FACTORS AND HAZARDS OF INFANT DEVELOPMENT 2 Factors and Hazards of Infant Development
There are many factors and hazards that influence an infant’s development. Even though they are all very important I believe these three are most important. A factor I believe to be the most important is obtaining early prenatal care. Two hazards I find important to avoid are alcohol consumption and addictive drugs. In this paper I will explain the importance of these three factors and hazards.

The most important factor in an infant’s development is obtaining early prenatal care. Women should make an appointment as soon as she suspects she is pregnant (Marotz & Allen, 2012). It is not good to rely on home pregnancy tests because they are sometimes not accurate especially in the early days and weeks. A health care provider can determine if you’re pregnant or not on this visit. Also, on the visit any medical issues the mother has can be evaluated and treated (2012). As long as there is no issues mothers can be encouraged to do noncontact exercise. Exercise will help with weight gain, muscles, and believed the help with easier labor and delivery (2012). “A lack of prenatal care is often associated with an increased rate of medical complications, preterm births, low birth weight infants, fetal death, and disabilities” (p. 52).

A very important hazard to avoid in infant development is alcohol consumption. This can have serious consequences for mother and fetus (Marotz & Allen, 2012). “Mothers who consume alcohol during pregnancy have a greater risk of miscarriages, still births, premature infants, and low-birth-weight infants. The incidence of fetal death is also significantly...
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