Signs of Developmental Delay

After every successful child birth the concern of every parent turns to the developmental status of the child. It is not unusual to see parents getting worried about their children reaching their developmental milestones. This is even more a heart – ache for mothers who underwent premature deliveries to see their children lagging behind their peers when it comes to reaching milestones. Let us go through a quick tour of the possible signs of delayed development in the first three months after birth in this article.

Gross Motor and Sensory Development

Floppy limbs and excessively loose trunk may be a sign of developmental delay. Also look for the limbs if they are very stiff while changing the dress and the movement is also very limited. If the child cannot maintain a position on his tummy it can indicate a delay in the development of the gross motor and sensory skills.

Fine Motor Skills and Vision

The arms and legs either floppy or very stiff when the baby is moved while dressing and changing is an obvious reason for the parent to have a visit to the pediatrician’s office and get the child checked for a developmental delay. If the child does not follow moving objects or does not notice hands and if the eyes either cross or turns out may be an early indication of a delayed development in vision.

Language and speech skills

If the babbling of the child is very limited or it does not babble at all it may indicate a delayed development in the language skills. Similarly if the child does not respond to very loud noises it is better to get him examined by a pediatrician.

Cognitive and social skills

Make sure to get the child examined by a pediatrician if he does not pay attention to new faces or if he does not smile. This might indicate a delay in the development of cognitive, social and emotional skills.

General guidelines

A few activities that can be noticed in a child`s daily routine such as a difficulty in sucking and feeding, heavy breathing or troubled breathing that can disturb his sleep, does not feel comforted if held or persistently turning the head to only one side while sleeping may also indicate a developmental delay.

Each child develops in his or her own timeline and is very unique. Hence it is very difficult to compare the development of one child with other. The bottom line is, as a mother trust your intuitions. If you feel in your heart of hearts that there is something wrong with your baby, better fix an appointment with your doctor right away!