Growth and Development, Ages 2 to 5 Years
When to Call a Doctor
Although your child grows at his or her own pace, be aware of signs of a Reference developmental delay Opens New Window. The earlier you identify a delay, the better chance you have of getting the right treatment for your child that can prevent or minimize long-term problems.
In general, talk to a doctor anytime your child:
- Does not seem to be reaching developmental milestones as expected.
- Is not growing at a steady pace. Each year between ages 2 and 5 years, expect your child to gain about 3 lb (1.4 kg) to 5 lb (2.3 kg) and grow about 3 in. (7.6 cm). Although your child's height and weight are measured at routine Reference well-child exams, call your doctor if your child's growth pattern concerns you in between these visits.
- Is not able to do some of the things he or she used to do, such as talking or running.
- Makes you so angry or frustrated that you are worried about what you might do next.
- Acts overly aggressive, violent, or verbally abusive.
- Does not seem to be doing well, even though you can't pinpoint what makes you uneasy. Friends and other caregivers may also be concerned.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference August 3, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Reference Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics