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CDC and AAP Revise Guidelines for Child Developmental Milestones

The CDC in conjunction with the AAP has released new guidelines for infant and child development in the Learn The Signs. Act Early program. Prior to this, these milestones have not been revised for nearly 20 years. 

 

Worry over your baby’s development is a huge primal instinct for new moms everywhere. 

 

When should baby sit on his own? When should he start to crawl? Walk? What about sleeping through the night?

 

There are so many varying answers to these common questions because all babies are different! One thing is for absolute certain though, the AAP and CDC have never rarely wavered in their responses- until now. The updated milestones serve to help parents and caregivers understand and identify signs of developmental delays and autism sooner. 

 

What does This Change Actually Mean?

 In the past, the checklists developed by the AAP and CDC have used average-age as a benchmark for analysis of milestones. Only 50% of children were...

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Perfectly Postpartum: Understanding Your Emotions and the Role of Postpartum Hormones

The postpartum period is a time of high emotion as the body adjusts to changes in hormone levels. While hormones often fluctuate during pregnancy, the postpartum period is when there is a significant drop in estrogen and progesterone levels. This drop can lead to mood swings and depression for many women. We should note that these symptoms do not always occur and that it's normal for your mood to be up and down during this time period.

 

In general, our hormones are important because they impact how we feel, think, and act - both physically and mentally - from day-to-day. The postpartum period is a time when many people are likely to experience emotional disturbances. Women may have emotional symptoms that are related to childbirth, such as postpartum depression, anxiety, or psychosis.

 
 There are many factors that can contribute to emotional disturbances in the postpartum period. These include the physiologic changes of pregnancy and childbirth, psychologic changes...
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