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There are many factors that contribute to development and behaviour of a child.

Medical conditions or illness
Some of these may be:
• Medical- This could be either short term, e.g an illness or Long term eg a disability.
• Environment- This could be the home environment and their rules. Poverty.
• Diet- There may be intolerance or an allergy that may affect the development of a child or their behaviour
• Family dynamics- If there has been a recent divorce, new baby or transitions.
• Outside influences- This could be this such as peer, or television.
Medical illness either short term ones or long term ones can contribute to the well-being and behaviours of children.

Short term illness can cause irritation or tiredness which in turn will have a diverse effect on the child. In this case it is wise to make the chid as comfortable as possible and see to his needs. If this illness has occurred in your care then medical advice may be sort after with parental consent.
Long term illness or disability can cause frustration or lack of understanding. In either situation empathy must be shown. To combat this we as practitioners must work in partnership with parents to create a safe and effective environment, following their routines and guidance to ensure the development for their unique child. No medication must be given unless parental consent is given and in some cases direction or training form a medical profession. All medicines must be recorded and signed by parent to acknowledge. All practitioners with in my setting have an up to date First aid qualification.
Understanding can be gained by researching the illness or disability to aid with improvement on the environment or routines.
Environmental factors
The environment can change the way our bodies work. For example, drug and alcohol abuse can affect the way in which our brains function and how or when we meet developmental milestones. Poverty can also play a big part in our...