One of the most important milestones in Your Child’s development is being able to identify the body part that hurts.
By the first year or so, Your Child’s sense of body awareness is now developed enough that Your Child can identify the part of the body they feel pain. Children are also able to tell what object has caused the pain, and they will point to the object. This is a hugely important milestone because it helps adults and doctors to better care for children who feel sick and hurt.
How to support this development
Teach Your Child how to identify pains using gestures and sign language paired with simple words such as “ouch” or “boo-boo”. Also, teach Your Child how to identify different body parts by pointing at them and saying the words.
Note: All children develop differently and at their own pace. For children born preterm, the referred timeframe for achieving the various developmental milestones might be incorrect.
Sources: The information and graphs about when children reach specific milestones are taken from various sources, including the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Denver Developmental Screening Test, and the State Institute of Early Childhood Research, Germany (IFP).
Ketsupa Jirakarn (Mental health specialist) (13 June 2021)