Children’s Health: Developmental milestones

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Whether their child is hitting certain developmental milestones, such as walking or talking, at the appropriate time is often a factor of stress for parents. However, it is important for parents to understand that all infants and children hit these milestones at different times—there is always a range.

It is important for parents to maintain open communication with their child’s pediatrician and bring them in for the appropriate check-ups, so they can discuss their growth and development with a professional and ease any stress or worry they may be experiencing about the health of their child.

If delayed development is suspected, the sooner it is intervened, the better the outcomes. This is another reason why establishing a relationship with your child’s pediatrician and bringing your child in for regular evaluations is so important.  Your child’s pediatrician can guide you to the proper resources if further evaluation and/or therapy is needed.

Cone Health Center for Children is an excellent resource for families in the community, with an exceptional team of pediatricians, adolescent medicine specialists and other children’s health professionals. For more information on developmental milestones or to set an appointment with one of the Center’s providers, call 336-832-3150.

Spokesperson Background:

Dr. Martha Perry is an adolescent medicine specialist and the medical director of Cone Health Center for Children and the Pediatric Care Division of Cone Health Medical Group. Dr. Perry received her Doctor of Medicine from University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1999. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center and Boston Children’s Hospital from 1999 to 2002, and a fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at University of California, San Francisco and Boston Children's Hospital from 2002 to 2005. She is Board Certified in both General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.