The Doctors reveal when you can expect to your child to reach certain growth milestones.
… Will Children Shed Their Baby Fat?
Baby fat, or brown fat, comprises 5 percent of an infant’s mass. It burns calories for heat and keeps babies warm. One pound of stored body fat contains 3,500 calories of potential energy reserves, which comes in handy when babies start scooting across the floor! Babies should shed their baby fat by age 3.
… Will Children Start to Lose Their Baby Teeth?
The average age for kids to lose their first tooth is 6, but but sometimes it happens as early as age 4 or as late as age 8. By age 12 or 13, most children will have lost all of their baby teeth.
… Should Children Start Visiting the Dentist?
Visit your pediatrician when your child’s first tooth comes in. The first official dental visit should be at 3 years of age, and followed by cleanings every six months.
… Should Kids Transition from a Crib to a Bed?
“A toddler is usually able to make the switch when he or she can climb over the rails [of the crib] and get out,” pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears says. “That’s usually between ages 2 and 3, or when they reach 35 inches in height.”
Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears demonstrates how to help your toddler transition to a bed!
… Should Girls Start Shaving Their Legs?
Girls usually enter puberty between ages 11 and 13, but it can start as early as age 6. Fluctuating hormones create changes in their bodies, and one such change is the development of hair on their legs.
One battle most moms and daughters can relate to is when a girl is allowed to start shaving her legs.
“Girls start to look at their friends or their peers for clues for whether or not they should shave, or when they start to wear their bras,” OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says. “It’s really a social thing. Really, it’s harmless.”
… Should Kids Get a Cell Phone?
A person’s brain is not considered fully developed until age 20. Studies have shown that children who use cell phones before the age of 20 are five times more likely to develop brain cancer and tumors on their auditory nerve than those who do not. When held against the ear, radiation from a handheld cellular device can penetrate up to 5 inches of a child's brain and up to 2 inches of an adult brain.