My Child Isn't Meeting Milestones...
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) informs parents that infants are supposed to reach certain developmental milestones in accordance with their age. For example, at six months, an infant is supposed to be able to crawl and should be able to walk around the age of one. Although some infants sometimes develop a few months faster than others, there usually isn’t a reason for a parent to be concerned unless the infant’s delays are exaggerated and prolonged.
Milestone #1: Sitting Up
One of the first delays in an infant’s motor skill development that parents need to look out for is whether the baby develops the ability to sit up on their own. If the baby isn’t able to sit up, it could be an early sign of cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that can paralyze an infant’s muscles.
If your infant still isn’t sitting up by the time they are 6 to 9 months old, you shouldn’t panic. However, it is always a good idea to have your child seen by a pediatrician if you have any concerns about their health.
Milestone #2: Walking
If a child walks abnormally, it might be a sign that they are also suffering from cerebral palsy. Sometimes an infant will suffer from muscle rigidity which can cause their foot to drag. Lack of control over muscle movement can also be assign that a child has cerebral palsy.
In other instances, the inability to walk might be an indicator of a spinal cord injury. These types of injuries can sometimes be traced to spina bifida. Nerve damage caused by a spinal cord injury can cause a child to become paralyzed.
Milestone #3: Speech
Speech difficulties can sometimes be related to different forms of brain damage. When an infant is deprived of oxygen during birth, it can cause brain damage from anoxia, hypoxia, Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE), birth asphyxia, or perinatal asphyxia. These different forms of oxygen deprivation can cause a brain hemorrhage, brain ischemia, cerebral palsy, or general brain damage, all of which could have a substantial effect on the speaking parts of the child’s brain.
Milestone #4: Motor Skills
As an infant develops their motor skills, a parent might notice their legs kicking, arms moving, and hands clasping together. As they get older, their fine motor skills will start to develop and they will gain the ability to grasp small objects. Lack of motor skills by certain ages can indicate a few different of disorders. You should have your child diagnosed by a doctor if you suspect that their motor skills have been affected by an underlying medical issue.
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