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Technically speaking, an infant is a word from the Latin word “infans”
which means unable to speak. Legally an infant is any child under the
age of legal adulthood.
The difference between a newborn and an infant is when referring to a
child less than one month old they are called newborn. A newborn
includes all prematures, postmatures, and full term pregnancy delivers.
After the first month from birth, the infant will continue to be
categorized as an infant until between the ages of 12-24 months an
infant moves into the toddler stage.
During the first year of life an infant may succumb to infant mortality
by many causes, the most frequent are congenital malformation,
dehydration, infection and SIDS.
Throughout the first year of life an infant uses crying as a form of
basic instinctive communication. A crying infant can be expressing many
different feels such as boredom, discomfort, hunger, loneliness and over
Usually during infancy the recommended method of feeding is
breast feeding. If breast feeding is not option, then an infant
formula is substituted.
The ability of an infant to obtain a sucking reflex is something
they are born with and thus allows them to extract milk from
either the nipples of the breasts or the nipple of the baby
bottle. This also includes the natural born ability of rooting
to find a nipple. Historically, a wet nurse was used to feed the
infant, however, this is becoming more rare in developed
As the infant gets older, food supplements are also introduced
into the daily feeding. The selection of what type of
supplements, fresh, canned, prepackaged, or at what age vary
drastically around the world.
During their growing period, infants are seen wearing diapers
until they become toilet trained. Some infants become toilet
trained early, within the first year, however the average is
around 18 months. The 18 is also the magical number a newborn
needs of sleep per day on the average.