Early childhood growth and development


  • Melitón Arce Academia Nacional de Medicina. Lima, Peru.




Child development, Child, Growth and development


This article describes and discusses issues related to the process of childhood growth and development, with emphasis on the early years, a period in which this process reaches critical speed on major structures and functions of the human economy. We reaffirm that this can contribute to the social availability of a generation of increasingly better adults, which
in turn will be able to contribute to building a better world and within it a society that enjoys greater prosperity. In the first chapter, we discuss the general considerations on the favorable evolution of human society based on quality of future adults, meaning the accomplishments that today’s children will gain. A second chapter mentions the basics of growth and development in the different fields and the various phenomena that occur in it. In the third we refer to lost opportunities and negative factors that can affect delaying the process and thereby result in not obtaining the expected accomplishments. In the fourth, conclusions and recommendations are presented confirming the initial conception that good early child care serves to build a better society and some recommendations are formulated to make it a good practice.


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Arce M. Early childhood growth and development. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica [Internet]. 2015 Sep. 24 [cited 2024 Jun. 19];32(3):574-8. Available from: https://rpmesp.ins.gob.pe/index.php/rpmesp/article/view/1694