Child growth and child development is an aspect of healthcare as well as parenting that has always been shrouded in mysteries. There are a lot of misunderstandings and misconceptions about child growth development. Here are some of the top misconceptions held by many people across the globe about child development and growth.
Infants and young children are not affected by stress
This misconception could not be more wrong. Infants and young children are more susceptible to stress in their home environment than adults. Even though they cannot understand social settings and human language completely, they can easily be affected adversely due to stress and negative emotions in the family or caregiving environment. These adverse effects not only affect the growth and development of the child but also have lifelong impacts on the individual itself.
Individuals are what they are born with
It is true that genes play a big role in the making of an individual but it is not everything. The environment in which they have been raised, the experiences that they have hard and many other factors greatly contribute in the overall development of the individual. Whether they can cope up with stress, substance abuse or any other issue can be traced back to their childhood stages. It is important to remember that young kids are capable of learning from their environment. When they are young, they are not able to to differentiate good from bad and they simply absorb whatever is going on in their environment. Because of this, it is often possible that the trauma and the fears they had as a child would have a lifelong impact on them.
Children stop learning after the age of 3
This is completely wrong. Individuals learn throughout the lifetime. Even if we are talking specifically about child growth and development, it should be remembered that until the age of 3 the child still has not learnt social skills, emotional skills and various other cognitive capacities that are required for a successful individual. The concept of ‘earlier is better than later’ does not apply to raising a child. Forcing a child to learn something at the age of 3 when it should be taught at the age of 5 or 6 would do more harm than good.
Emotional neglect is not a thing
Untrue. Emotional neglect is as damaging for a child as physical neglect or abuse. Just because the wounds are not visible does not mean that they don’t exist. Children are unable to express what they need and want in a precise manner. They need to be given proper attention and care for complete and successful development. It is often seen in the case of emotionally neglected children that they develop serious cognitive deficiencies and impairments.
Not receiving proper attention and medical help prevents the condition to be diagnosed in time and leads to lifelong health complications. It is extremely important to give your child what it needs now then regretting it later because children grow up fast.