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How important are milestones for monitoring my child’s development?

As a GP, something I get asked a lot about is children reaching milestones. We live in a world where parents have access to endless amounts of online, often conflicting, information. And whilst social media can be an incredible source of inspiration and for creating communities, it can also be an unhelpful tool for comparison. It is easy for parents to feel overwhelmed and to be confused about what their child should have “achieved” by a certain age.Some milestones are crucial, some are totally unimportant, and some are important but happen at different times. For example, while it is important for a child to be sitting at six months, whether they crawl or not is irrelevant - some children never crawl at all!
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