Red Flags to Look Out For During the First Year of Your Child's Development

Red Flags to Look Out For During the First Year of Your Child’s Development

There are certain signs to look out for during your child’s years of development, that can indicate problems he may face in the future. There might be some underlying cause, which could be an early sign for a developmental delay or a hint that your infant is not growing as expected. 
These early signs are usually ignored or overlooked by parents. That is until they become prominent enough to hamper the child’s active participation in life-related activities that are essential for growth and development.
Here are some red flags for development which may indicate that there is some underlying problem which is causing distortions in the typical developmental process. You can look for the following signs to see if your baby is developing correctly.
0 to 3 Months
  • Feeding difficulties
  • Turning head to one side only
  • Strong preference for posture
  • Falt back or head
  • Decreased movement in one side of the body
  • Arching of the body or back
  • Stiff or floppy body
  • Premature baby
  • Lack of social smiles
4 to 6 Months
  • Arching of the body
  • Keeping hands clenched tightly
  • Shifting weight unevenly or putting weight on only one side of the body
  • Limited movements exhibited
  • Limited toy preference
  • Does not make eye contact
7 to 9 Months
  • Inability to bring hands together
  • Unable to sit upright
  • Difficulty in bearing weight on hands or arms
  • Does not show interest in moving and exploring the surroundings
  • Asymmetrical use of body
  • Sitting with wide legs or W-Sitting
  • Self-involved
  • Does not interact a lot with family members
10 to 12 Months
  • Lack of variability in movement
  • Lack of desire to move
  • Strong preference for using one side of the body
  • Consistent asymmetrical movement pattern
  • Consistently moving on toes
  • Struggling with grasping and releasing objects
  • Lack of interaction with others in the family
  • Repetitive behaviour pattern
If your child is struggling with these difficulties, then you should immediately reach out to a paediatrician, occupational therapist, child psychiatrist, or child neurologist. Identifying the cause behind these uneven developmental patterns at an early age can be very useful in treating the child and preventing secondary challenges in the future.
Dr.Varnita Khanna 
Occupational Therapist 

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