Childrens Developmental Milestones

Childrens Developmental Milestones

 

KNOWING YOUR CHILD’S MILESTONES: SIGNS of DELAYED DEVELOPMENT

 

The following brief list may help you to notice any delays or abnormalities in your child’s progress and prompt you to have them checked by a suitably qualified health care provider:

 

0-3 months:

  • not smiling by 8 weeks
  • not calming down, at least for a little while, when picked up
  • being unusually floppy or stiff
  • having different muscle tone or strength in an arm and leg on one side compared with the other side
  • having unusually ‘good’ head control due to stiff muscles
  • always holding fingers in a tight fist
  • not startled by sudden noises
  • having feeding problems beyond ‘normal’ range – find out more from your Child and Family Health nurse
  • crying for long periods, or ongoing problems settling
  • being unusually ‘good’ and not demanding
  • not watching your face when you speak to them by 3 months
  • not making sounds other than crying by 3 months.imagesJJ3UBF32

3-6 months:

  • don’t seem interested in things around them
  • don’t show delight in being with people
  • don’t seem to know parents or other familiar people.
  • don’t enjoy looking at people and bright objects
  • don’t enjoy watching people do things
  • don’t react to familiar things by smiling, cooing and excited movements
  • don’t turn their head to moderate sounds such as a normal speaking voice by 3 months
  • don’t look at their own hands and play with their fingers by 3 months.

 

6-9 months:

  • don’t open hands or straighten fingers
  • don’t kick legs
  • arms and legs are bent most of the time
  • don’t use both hands and both legs equally well
  • don’t follow activities with eyes
  • don’t make eye contact with people
  • don’t turn to look for you when you speak
  • not startled by loud noises
  • unhappy or unsettled most of the time.
  • don’t make lots of little voice sounds such as squeals or grunts
  • don’t take turns when ‘talking’ with parents
  • don’t turn their head towards a person talking by 5 months.crawl1

 

9-12 months:

  • don’t show pleasure when seeing people they know well
  • don’t make eye contact
  • cannot be comforted by a parent or close carer.
  • not starting to move around by any means
  • don’t show an interest in or reach for objects
  • don’t recognise parent or main carer
  • not interested in surroundings or new objects.
  • don’t look at and feel objects before taking them to their mouth
  • can’t hold food such as a biscuit and feed themselves
  • can’t hold a cup to drink from
  • can’t pick up items with their thumb and one finger
  • won’t bang objects together for pleasure
  • can’t roll from their back to their tummy
  • can’t sit for several minutes without using their hands for support
  • don’t stretch up arms to be picked up
  • don’t give cuddles
  • don’t copy gestures such as waving
  • don’t recognise “YES” and “NO” and move their head accordingly
  • don’t use more than 3 words

 

By 12 months:

  • can’t pull themselves up on a lounge chair
  • can’t side step around the chair whilst holding on
  • can’t push a small trolley along in a straight linewalkbaby

 

By 18 months:

  • don’t show preference for people they know well
  • don’t seem to like cuddles.
  • can’t walk – at first with feet wide apart, but as balance improves, walk with feet closer together and straighter
  • can’t walk downstairs while holding your hand
  • can’t climb on to low furniture
  • can’t place objects such as 3 small blocks on top of each other
  • can’t use a spoon right side up
  • can’t scribble with a pencil
  • can’t turn pages of a book
  • won’t try to kick a large ball if shown how
  • can’t pick up small objects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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