Growth and Development

Growth and Development Clinic of Nyle Hospital

Growth and Development Clinic helps in the growth and development of children who show abnormalities after birth. Developmental disabilities in children may start anytime in their developmental period which seems to last all through the lifetime. Most of the disabilities happen before birth, while some may occur after birth due to infection, injury, or several other factors.

Some of the growth and development abnormalities include:

  • Developmental delay
  • Failure to flourish
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Feeding problems due to chronic medical issues

Many developmental disabilities occur as a result of several complex factors such as mothers behaviors (smoking and drinking) during gestation, delivery complications, premature baby, genetics, infections at pregnancy weeks, and exposure of child or mother to high degree of environmental toxins, including lead. Fetal alcohol syndrome is one of the developmental disabilities occurring due to consumption of alcohol at the gestational weeks.

The team of growth and development clinic is devoted to detect problems of children related to growth at the early stage and start with the right therapy coordinating with ophthalmologists, physiotherapists, paediatric dieticians and orthopedicians.

Growth and developmental clinic targets low birth weight babies and keeps track of their outcomes in every stage of development. The services rendered by the team include follow-up visits for meeting the developmental, medical and nutritional requirements of high-risk infants. The prime objective is to offer best quality care through proper screening, simple treatment and growth counselling.

The growth and development of a child is dependent on the partnership efforts of parents and healthcare professionals. During each well-child visit, parents are questioned by the doctor to evaluate the developmental abnormalities or delays that might seem to be highly concerning. This is termed as developmental monitoring.

Any child suspected while monitoring is subjected to developmental screening. Once confirmed that the child is influenced by developmental delay, seeking the support of healthcare professional becomes very essential. Early detection and intervention serve to improve childs ability in learning new skills and for showing better performance. This will help to reduce interventions cost over time.

Monitoring the development of healthy children does not include just the analysis of symptoms caused by certain issues, but also involves childs physical, social, emotional and mental well-being. Periodic screening of children is usually done by doctors and nurses during the well-child visits. The results are recorded and interpreted with previous or future results.

Developmental screening is done at the clinic to identify whether the child is coping with the basic learning skills as per the age, or whether the child is subjected to any developmental delays. Such screening procedure can also be carried out by other healthcare professionals, school in-charge, or community. During every clinical visit, the doctor might either mingle with the kid or ask questions to the parents for checking whether he or she speaks, learns, plays and behaves normally.