Signs of Developmental DelayWhile all children develop at different rates, there’s a general timeline of where your baby should fall at each stage of its life. The slight delays shouldn’t cause too much concern early on, but if you notice that they’re beginning to miss many important milestones within months of the average, it’s time to call your physician. You can never be too cautious with your baby. Here are some developmental delays to look out for in the first year:

2+ Months

  • Your child cannot hold his head up when you pick them up from the lying down position.
  • When cradled in your arms, you notice they are overextending their back and neck.
  • When lifting by the baby’s frame, they stiffen or cross their legs.

3 – 6 Months

  • By 3 or 4 months, can’t grasp for toys, support his head well, or able to bring objects to his mouth. Also, still has Moro reflex (when they fall backward, they throw arms and legs out quickly and then contract them and begin to cry)
  • By 6 months, can’t sit up with help, only reaches with one hand, or can’t roll over in either direction.

7 – 9 Months

  • By 7 months, your child has poor head control, is unable to get object in their mouth or isn’t reaching for objects at all, and doesn’t bear any weight on his legs.
  • By 9 months, if your child still cannot sit independently.

10 – 12 Months

  • After 10 months, your child crawls in a lopsided manner (pushing off with one hand and leg while letting the opposite limbs drag along)
  • After 12 months, they cannot crawl or stand with some support from you.

What to Do

As mentioned, if you only notice a few of these delays throughout the growing process and don’t believe it to be significant, there’s probably no need to worry.

However, you’re a parent and you probably worry about your child all the time. Contacting your doctor or pediatric physician as soon as you’re concerned is the right move. You’ll want to catch any possible issue as early as possible in order to diagnose it and begin treatment.

Also, if you’re undecided as to whether or not you should seek professional advice, it’s best to trust your instincts as a parent. If you want to be cautious, simply give your doctor a call, explain the symptoms, and ask for advice on what the next steps should be.

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