Child Development: Why Isn’t My Child Reaching His Milestones?
Nothing delights parents than the realisation that their munchkins are achieving all their infant development milestones quickly. Any delays may lead to a lot of stress and worry. Don’t worry moms and dads; chances are that they are just taking their own time to grow. Appreciate that children are unique, each one with their special child development timetables. In the end, the majority will talk, walk, and socialise normally.
When my nephew was almost 14 months old, he could not talk like his age mates. His parents were on the verge of going insane and sick with worry. No one had ever heard the usual cheerful babble made by healthy children his age. In fact, most babies in the family could form words by the time they were 5-7 months.
Sick with worry, the parents tried consulting with speech pathologists. One suggested a radical solution; the specialist recommended putting him in daycares to foster interactions with other kids. The transformation was quick and sudden. In just six months the once-mute kid was speaking like some young diplomat. All happened without any interventions.
Experts agree that to achieve an infant milestone different supporting skills must merge, and rate of this assemblage varies from child to child. Sometimes interventions are called for if complex conditions exist, which demand for professional help and treatments.
It is rarely the case, and herein we explain, how to know if the delays in child development are normal or require interventions.
They Are Late to Walk
According to experts babies should start crawling on their own by the time they are 7-8 months. At about 9-11 months, they should have accomplished the most anticipated infant milestone, walking without support. But don’t expect them to jump or scale the stairs just yet. Such complex skills come after 16-24 months.
Despite these estimates, in reality, some babies will be at the extremes. Research has shown that early starters begin crawling at only 5 months. For the late bloomers, crawling can happen at 11 months. Also, most babies start walking without support at 9 months to 17 months.
While the infant development milestones can delay, if the progress is regrettably slow, seek expert advice from a paediatrician. The baby might have a low muscle tone, corrected through strengthening exercises. Additionally, doctors can assess if there is a severe underlying genetic disorder affecting the child’s motor skills. When in doubt, consult widely, but don’t stress, they will walk eventually.
A baby’s scribbles are perfect pieces of art to their parents. However, not all children can write or grasp things at the same rate. From research, most babies can build blocks from 10-19 months, and scribbling can happen from 10-21 months.
When you take them to kindergarten, their motors skills should have developed sufficiently. At school, if they experience any problem with their hand coordination, teachers will spot this quickly and alert you. However, it does not always indicate an underlying problem. Your child may just be interested in playing sports and not necessarily the arts.
The most probable cause for the delays in hand coordination mostly results from lack of enough muscle tone in the fingers. Fortunately, treatments and exercises can correct this with ease.
Parents typically hear the syllables “ba-ba or ma-ma” when the baby is about 7-12 months. Most babies can say about ten words after their first birthday, usually at 18 months. Until they are five years, they can acquire any language quickly, and learn almost 7 words per day. Speech development is often complicated and can be influenced by numerous issues such as poor muscle coordination, breathing problems, autism and mental retardation.
Don’t Want to Socialise
A critical aspect of child development is the acquisition of social skills. Children need to socialise to learn more quickly, and it is vital for their wellbeing. If your child is shy, there is no need to expose him to strangers, in an attempt to help him out. Just play with him or her, and gradually encourage interactions with other kids. Also don’t push them too much eventually they will grow out of their shyness.
It is critical to consult with other parents and doctors once you encounter challenges. For instance, consult if the child’s speech progress is slow because the factors affecting language are complex and diverse. However, don’t worry, most kids who have infant development problems early on in life, turn out fine.