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Firstly, parents do a lot of comparing with other parents in the first years, and it can be a source of worry and stress. However, the vast majority of children develop normally and achieve milestones within a normal broad range of times. Children learn from play and exploring the environment to experimenting, observing and learning problem solving skills.

Use the Personal Health Record (Red book) to record your child’s milestones from 6 months to 4.5 years. The Parents’ Evaluation of Development Status (PEDS) is included in the red book provided to the parents of every newborn in Queensland, and is designed to pick up developmental and behavioural issues in children aged from birth up to five years.

Early identification means children can be referred to services that will help ensure they reach their full potential. Check in with your paediatrician and Townsville Paediatrics.