When to see a Developmental Pediatrician

Developmental PediatricianThe one thing any parent want for their new born is for the child to grow up healthy and at the same developmental rate as any other child.  There are numerous literature about what to expect when a child reaches certain ages and developmental stages.  Of course these are just guides, and it is expected that the child’s development can be a little above or below these milestones.

One thing that would greatly help is if you would keep notes of your observations of your children.  It can be very difficult to remember each and every observation that you notice.  Make notes on the date, time, and the general environment that the child is in.  Even better, if you can, try to capture these behaviors on video.  This can easily be done with your cell phone’s cam or a camcorder.  Showing these to your pediatrician later on will help them tremendously in seeing what it giving you a cause of concern.

What should a parent do however, if it is being noticed that there is a significant delay in the child’s development?  This is something that is difficult for the parents to accept and they could spend weeks and months pretending that there is nothing wrong.  This is important for parents to realize that this is something that should not be ignored. The best thing to do for a child is to be evaluated by a developmental pediatrician as soon as possible.  Early intervention will give the child the best chance at catching up in terms of development, and may completely eliminate any symptoms later on.

So how do you know if your child needs to see a developmental pediatrician? There are signs that your child may need to be evaluated.  Knowing these signs will help you become aware and will give you some indication if your child might need a little help.  Again please be patient when you observe these symptoms and do not panic.  Some children are just a little behind so I do hope knowing these will not be a cause of paranoia to parents.  Give your child time but maybe it might be best to see a developmental pediatrician if the symptoms seem obvious very noticeable for the parents.

One of the first symptoms that parents notice is the inability of the child to make eye contact.  This does not immediately indicate a problem, but usually a baby begins to follow bright objects or lights at around 3 months.  When a child shows little or no interest in these, or if a child does not point to people or things showing recognition, this could possibly mean a cognitive disorder or possibly autism.

Another symptom that is commonly reported is the child’s inability to respond when their name is called.  This can sometimes be due to a problem with the ear itself, or maybe receptive language problems.  Language problems can occur both with and without autism.

For children who are one year old and above, speech development should be monitored.  By their first year, the child should have a wide range of sounds, even when they babble.  Watch out for pronunciations of B, D, M, N and P.  This age is also the time when a child typically says “mama” and “dada”, even without knowing what they mean.

The symptoms discussed above may be an indication of brain developmental problems.  At the same time it may also very well be signs of problems with specific systems, such as problems specifically with the eyes and ears, and not necessarily related to brain development.  If your child has been diagnosed as having ADHD, it is best to look for the best ADHD doctors in NJ or some other specialist.  It might be difficult to form conclusions on your own so it would be best to seek professional help.


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