Keywords : A descriptive cross-sectional study that was conducted in Makkah from June 2019 to October 2019
KNOWLEDGE OF SAUDI MOTHER TOWARD DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2019, Volume 6, Issue 1, Pages 388-393
Developmental milestones are a collection of objectives or indicators that a child is supposed to perform during development period. These are classified as gross motor, fine motor, verbal, cognitive, social-emotional, and behavioral. Monitoring and recognizing developmental milestones can assist providers in diagnosing delayed development more accurately, allowing for early intervention and improved results.
The term "developmental delay (DD)" refers to a delay in attaining baseline milestones in the 5 developmental domains. Early DD is associated with poor attention and behavioral issues in infants and low academic performance in school-aged children, with future mental, emotional, social, and economical implications as these children mature into adolescence .
Additionally, researches have proven that good parenting is contingent on mothers' knowledge of child development, as mothers who understand how to promote their children's growth will have more favorable results . On the other hand, insufficient understanding results in erroneous expectations and an overestimation of the rate of growth, frequently manifesting as impatience or intolerance toward the child's behavior [5, 6].
Parents often desire to participate in assessing and supervising their child's growth , and they get varying degrees of information and instruction in order to fulfill this role. While it is obvious that parents have a patchwork understanding of children development, little is known about their degree of knowledge and the factors that impact it.
The types of information that parents have access to and the reliability of the sources remain unknown. 'There is conflicting data in the literature about parental understanding of child development' . Additionally, there have been no local research on this issue in Saudi Arabia to far, indicating that this study will fill a critical need.This study is determined forevaluating the level of knowledgeof motherstowards developmental milestones.