There are a number of behaviours and stages that any child goes through regardless of whether or not they have diabetes. It is important as a parent to understand these behaviours as well as how they may impact on your child’s diabetes.
At this age your child is completely dependent on you for all care. For the first six months your child likes a regular routine built around feeding and sleeping.
Your child’s senses are very important – touching, smelling and feeling.
Your child’s physical self is all important at this stage, with self-comfort being the main focus. For example, a wet or dirty nappy will produce tears, as does being left alone when company would be more preferable.
From about 2 to 4 months of age, smiles and gurgles will reward you for your efforts with sounds and movement providing increasing pleasure.
From 6 to 10 months of age your child responds to different facial gestures, speech and interactive behaviour.
From 9 to 12 months of age your child develops more control around anger and dissatisfaction, beginning to copy behaviour and emotions. Actions become deliberate rather than reflex. For example, a cry from your child gets you to run.
Socialising has begun.