Infant development is important because it represent the future. The major prime concern of the society is to ensure an infant grow healthy and develops to become a responsible adults. If not well nurtured, infants are likely to suffer from various infectious and malnutrition diseases. In a bid to further our knowledge on infant development, each member of our class was required to visit an infant of age between 2 and 6 months and observe it with the guide of a caregiver or parent.
On my part, I visited the infant with her mother at their home for two hour and I remain impartial with my observation. The infant she was 4 months old. After inquiring from her mother, I realize that the infant eats very little solid foods as she still prefers her mother’s milk. Thus, the infant can do without solid food or take once. Nonetheless, she compensates that by drinking milk from her mother after every 3 hours. According to her mother, the infant often demand for her milk by crying when feeling hungry.
The excretory habits of the infant are irregular as explained by her mother. The infant excretory pattern depends on the amount of solid food and milk she consumed. When she takes more food and milk she excretes many times and vice versa. The infant sleeps for at least 14 hours a day. During the day the infant is active sleeps for 5 hours. At night, the infant sleep for 9 hours on two intervals. Normally the infant sleeps from 8pm to midnight and then from 1 am - 6 am in the morning.
The infant is less temperament, she exhibits (joy) positive emotion. Positive emotion reveals that the infant is less temperamental a fact that was support by her mother while comparing her with her previous children. The infant can see well with both eyes and she respond to her parents voice with a smile. I was lucky to see the infant doing a tonic neck reflex while interviewing her mother. She kept on reversing the position of her hands when her mother turned her head to the other side.