Assignment One: 1.1 Describe the 10 principal factors which affect children’s growth and development.
There are many factors which affect the growth and development of children. Some of these factors may only be temporary whereas many may be more permanent. Although the range is huge, from something as small as a common cold to a more serious illness such as cystic fibrosis, every one of them could, and in some instances have serious implications affecting a child’s growth and development. The ten factors being described are as follows: * Antenatal
* Health Problems
* Learning Difficulties
* Lack of stimulation and appropriate toys
* Separation or divorce of parents
* Loss or Bereavement
A description of each is below:-
As this is the period of conception there are many factors even at this very early stage in a child’s life that can affect growth and development. Things such as diet, alcohol intake, smoking, medication, generally fitness and well being are strong arguments to deter any potential mother who wishes to start a family. An example of a well known fact that many infants born to smoking mothers weigh less at birth than infants born to non-smoking mothers. All of these factors should be taken extremely seriously and will contribute to the growth and development of the child while in the women’s womb.
Prenatal and Postnatal
This is the stage when a new born is about to make an appearance into the world. A child born between 24 and 37 weeks or even earlier, is classed as premature. This may affect the child by being under developed, depending on how premature they are. Although it is proven that some unfortunate premature babies remain underdeveloped many have proved that being premature has had very little, if any side effects and have grow up to be normal healthy individuals . Unfortunate...