Baby Warning Signs of Developmental Retardation in Babies


Baby Community Member
18 May 2022
En iyi cevaplar
Tepki puanı

Developmental delays can affect a child's physical development, social and emotional development, communication skills, and learning abilities. As you watch your child grow and predict milestones, it's natural to wonder (and even worry) if his development is on track. Chances are they're developing just fine on their own timeline. However, if your child has a delay, it is necessary to catch it early so that it can be diagnosed and treated.

Children develop at different rates, but most follow a general timeline. Babies often reach each milestone of their development (such as rolling, sitting, walking, and speaking) at the expected age, and if they don't, they soon catch up. If your child doesn't seem to be reaching milestones for a few weeks on average, ask her doctor.

Keep in mind that if your child was born prematurely, he or she may sometimes need a little more time than other children their age to reach various developmental stages. Doctors can track a premature baby's development up to the age of 2 or 3 using birth dates instead of actual birth dates.

As a general rule, trust your instincts. If there's anything strange or wrong with the way your baby or child moves or moves, ask about it. After all, you know your little one best.

Signs of developmental delay in infants, toddlers and children

The following are possible warning signs of a problem:

up to 2 months

Does not respond to loud sounds
Doesn't track things that move
They can't hold their head when they're on their bellies
he doesn't laugh at people
Does not bring hands to mouth

up to 4 months

Doesn't track things that move
he doesn't laugh at people
Can't hold head steady
Not coughing or making a sound
Don't put the things in your hand to your mouth
Does not push down with legs when feet are placed on a hard surface
Has trouble moving one or both eyes in all directions

up to 6 months

Doesn't try to grasp what's within reach
Shows no affection towards caregivers
Does not respond to surrounding sounds
Has trouble putting things into mouth
does not make vowels
Does not roll in either direction (back to front or front to back)
Doesn't laugh or squeak
Looks so tough with tight muscles
It looks like a rag doll.

up to 9 months

Does not weight the legs when supported
Does not sit with assistance
doesn't chatter
Does not play games that involve playing back and forth
does not respond to his own name
Doesn't seem to recognize familiar people
not looking where you point
Does not transfer toys from one hand to another

up to 12 months

not scanning
Unable to stand with support
Doesn't say a word like "mama" or "daddy"
Does not use gestures such as nodding or shaking his head
doesn't point to things
They don't look for things they see you're hiding
They lose the skills they once had

up to 18 months

Does not point to show others
i can't walk
Doesn't know what familiar things are for
does not copy others
Does not introduce new words
No at least 6 words
Doesn't matter or care when a caregiver leaves or returns
They lose the skills they once had

up to 2 years

Does not use 2-word phrases (like "drink milk")
Doesn't know what to do with common items like brush or fork
Does not copy actions and words
Does not follow simple instructions
Doesn't run steady
They lose the skills they once had.

up to 3 years

Falling a lot or having trouble on stairs
Drooling or speaking that is not very clear
Cannot manipulate simple toys
does not speak in sentences
Does not understand simple instructions
Does not play pretend or persuasion
Does not want to play with other children or toys
not making eye contact
They lose the skills they once had

up to 4 years

I can't jump in place
Having trouble with scribbling
Shows no interest in interactive games or fantasies
Ignores other children or does not respond to people outside the family
Resists dressing, sleeping, and using the bathroom
I can't retell a favorite story
Does not follow 3-part instructions
Doesn't understand "same" and "different"
Doesn't use the words "I" and "you" correctly
speaking vaguely
They lose the skills they once had

up to 5 years

Does not show a wide range of emotions
Shows excessive behavior (unusual fearful, aggressive, shy or upset)
Unusually withdrawn and inactive
Easily distracted, has difficulty focusing on an activity for more than 5 minutes
Does not respond to people or only responds superficially
Does not play various games and activities
Cannot give first and last name
Not using the plural or past tense correctly
Does not talk about daily activities or experiences
does not draw
Cannot brush teeth, wash and dry hands, or undress unaided
They lose the skills they once had

What does "developmental delay" mean?

Doctors use this term when a child has not reached the wide range of developmental milestones that are considered normal. The delay may be in one or more areas: gross motor skills such as sitting and fine motor skills such as grasping and manipulating objects, communication and language skills (understanding both language and speech), self-help skills (such as toilet training and dressing) and social skills (such as making eye contact and playing with others).

How likely is my child to experience developmental delay?

Various studies have reported that between 10 and 15 percent of children under the age of 3 experience a developmental delay, such as difficulty learning, communicating, playing, or performing physical activities or practical skills.

Early intervention can make a big difference for many children with developmental delays, but one study found that only 3 percent of children receive the appropriate attention. Therefore, if you suspect your child has a developmental delay, it's important to talk about it.

Some delays disappear once the child starts school, while other problems are detected later. About 14 percent of children under the age of 17 have problems such as speech and language disorders, intellectual disability, learning difficulties, or emotional and behavioral problems.

Among children with developmental delays, about 40 percent have more than one developmental problem, and less than 2 percent have three or more developmental problems.