Developmental Red Flags

Every baby develops at his or her own pace, and each developmental milestone occurs at different times for different babies—usually within the range of a few months.

Sitting, for example, may occur between 4 and 7 months of age, depending on the baby. Some babies may take a little longer to achieve this milestone, and that’s absolutely normal.

If your baby does not achieve a milestone within the expected range of time, it’s always a good idea to let his or her healthcare provider know. There may or may not be a developmental problem; if there is, the earlier it’s caught, the earlier it can be addressed.

Developmental Delays

  • Tell your baby’s doctor if you have any concerns about your baby’s development.

If your baby’s doctor identifies a developmental delay in your little one, you may be referred to a pediatric development specialist for an evaluation.

It’s normal to feel anxious about this. But follow through and make the appointment. Your baby may not have a serious delay, and the evaluator may take a “wait and see” attitude. Or he or she may recommend physical, occupational, speech-language or other therapeutic treatment.

If that’s the case, the earlier that treatment happens, the more successful it can be. Many developmental delays can be fully corrected with treatment.

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