Paul Catalana, MD, of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine at Greenville, explains the new pediatric developmental milestones table from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
First, here’s a little background.
This new developmental surveillance checklist identifies behaviors that 75% of children are expected to display at a particular age. In the past, developmental milestones were based on behaviors that only 50% of children were expected to exhibit at a certain age.
Also, over the last several years, various resources have offered different timelines in regards to when children should meet milestones. This revised guideline offers one tool for pediatricians to use for surveillance.
Dr. Catalana walks us through the changes.
All in all, this update should improve a physician’s ability to speak with parents of young children in a more reliable and consistent way when discussing developmental milestones. Here’s how:
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