The baby is offered enough food and has no serious illness, but still has a wasted body and is withdrawn and apathetic.
Family circumstances surrounding failure to thrive often help explain the problem.
When treated early, by helping the parents or placing the baby in a caring foster home, failure-to-thrive infants show quick catch-up growth. Left untreated, most will remain small and have lasting difficulties.
Toilet training is best delayed until the months following the second birthday.
Effective training techniques include:
establishing regular toileting routines
using gentle encouragement
praising children for their effort
Developments in Hearing Can detect words that start with weak syllables 10 months Divide the speech stream into word-like units 7 – 9 months “ Screen out” sounds from non-native languages 6- 8 months Sense of musical phrasing 4 – 7 months
Brain development helps infants reach adult levels of vision skills:
2–4 months: focus and color vision
6 months: acuity, scanning & tracking
6–7 months: depth perception
Steps in Depth Perception Sensitivity to pictorial cues. Wariness of heights. 6 –7 months Sensitivity to binocular cues. 2 – 3 months Sensitivity to motion cues. Birth – 1 month
Steps in Pattern Perception Can detect objects if two-thirds of drawing is missing. 12 months Can detect patterns even if boundaries are not really present. 4 months Can detect fine-grained detail. Prefer complex patterns. 2 months Poor contrast sensitivity. Prefer large simple patterns. 3 weeks
Appearance of Checkerboards to Very Young Infants