How can you tell if your baby is slow?
They can’t support their head well and don’t reach or grasp at objects. They haven’t begun to babble. They cross their eyes most of the time. (eye crossing is normal in infants less than 3 months.)
What causes slow baby development?
Causes of Developmental Delay
Genetic or hereditary conditions like Down syndrome. Metabolic disorders like phenylketonuria (PKU) Trauma to the brain, such as shaken baby syndrome. Severe psychosocial trauma, such as post-traumatic stress disorder.
How do I know if my baby is behind developmentally?
Exhibiting some of the following signs can mean that your child has delays in developing certain fine or gross motor functions: floppy or loose trunk and limbs. stiff arms and legs. limited movement in arms and legs.
What are examples of developmental delays?
Long-term developmental delays are also called developmental disabilities. Examples include learning disabilities, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder. Usually health professionals use the term ‘developmental delay’ only until they can work out what’s causing the delay.
When should I be concerned about baby milestones?
Talk to your health visitor or GP if:
They aren’t holding their head up by 3-4 months. They aren’t sitting up on their own at 10 months. They don’t use both legs or arms and by 12 months don’t like supporting their own weight. They seem way behind other babies of the same age in milestones.
What are signs of autism in babies?
Recognizing signs of autism
- May not keep eye contact or makes little or no eye contact.
- Shows no or less response to a parent’s smile or other facial expressions.
- May not look at objects or events a parent is looking at or pointing to.
- May not point to objects or events to get a parent to look at them.
Is my baby lazy or delayed?
If you suspect that your baby or toddler has a motor skills delay, here are some signs to watch out for: Does not reach for, grasp, or hold objects by 3 or 4 months old. Does not roll over in either direction by 5 months. Cannot sit up without help by 6 months.
What is delayed milestone?
A delayed milestone is when a child has not reached a significant stage at the predicted age.
How common is developmental delay?
About one in six children in the U.S. have one or more developmental disabilities or other developmental delays. Milestones, screening, causes and risk factors, and living with a disability.
Can developmental delay look like autism?
Conditions That Can Be Mistaken for Autism. These include: Speech delays, hearing problems, or other developmental delays: Developmental delays are when your child doesn’t do things doctors expect kids their age to be able to do. These can include language, speech, or hearing problems.
How can I help my baby reach milestones?
Try giving baby a quick massage after changing her diaper. Sing a little song to baby as you change her diaper or play some music. Tickle her toes and smile at baby. If you’re sitting to fold laundry or to talk to friends in a living room, let baby lie down near you free of any equipment so she can explore.
When should I be concerned about my baby not crawling?
Contact your pediatrician if by 3 to 6 months, your child isn’t wriggling her legs, seems to flop in your arms, or she doesn’t put her feet down when you try to support her in a standing position.