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Understanding the red flags for cognitive development


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Every child attains specific skills in a predictable manner, over a period of time. These are broadly termed as ‘developmental milestones’. They in fact, indicate an interaction between a child’s developing neurological system in other words - their brain development, in relation to their surrounding environment. Missed milestones, can be observed by noticing certain ‘red flags’ in a child’s development that serve as an alarm, calling for rapid initiation of appropriate measures.1

Red flags for cognitive development
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  2. Johnson CP, Blasco PA. Infant growth and development. Pediatrics in Review. 1997;18(7):224-242.
  3. Red flags – For children birth to six years. Available from: http://healthcareathome.ca/southeast/en/care/Documents/Red-Flags-Guide.pdf. Accessed on: June 20, 2017.