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newborn care


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As parents we are always asking ourselves if our children are growing and developing properly. But instead of telling you all the fun milestones they will be doing, I want to give you a resource for when to speak with your pediatrician.

Speak to your doctor if your child:

2 months milestones: 

  • Doesn’t respond to loud sounds.
  • Doesn’t watch things as they move.
  • Doesn’t bring hands to their mouths. 
  • Can’t hold their head up when pushing up on their tummy.

4 months milestones:

  • Doesn’t smile at people
  • Can’t hold head steady.
  • Doesn’t coo or make sounds.
  • Doesn’t push down when feet are placed on a hard surface.
  • Has trouble moving one or both eyes in all directions.

6 months milestones:

  • Doesn’t reach for objects that are in reach.
  • Shows no affection for caregivers.
  • Doesn’t respond to sounds around him.
  • Doesn’t roll in either direction.
  • Doesn’t laugh or squeal.
  • Seems stiff with tight muscles.
  • Seems floppy like a rag doll.
  • Doesn’t make vowel sounds (“ah”, “eh”, “oh”)

9 months milestones:

  • Doesn’t bear weight on legs with support.
  • Doesn’t sit with help
  • Doesn’t babble (“mama”, “baba”, “dada”).
  • Doesn’t respond to own name.
  • Doesn’t recognize familiar people.
  • Doesn’t look where you point.
  • Doesn’t transfer toys between hands. 

12 months milestones:

  • Doesn’t crawl.
  • Can’t stand when supported.
  • Doesn’t search for things you hide.
  • Doesn’t say single words like “mama” or “dada”.
  • Doesn’t use gestures like waving or shaking head.
  • Doesn’t point to things.
  • Loses skills he once had. 

18 months milestones:

  • Doesn’t point to show things to others.
  • Can’t walk.
  • Doesn’t copy others.
  • Doesn’t gain new words.
  • Doesn’t have at least 6 words.
  • Doesn’t notice when a caregiver leaves or returns.
  • Loses skills he once had. 

2 years milestones:

  • Doesn’t use 2-word phrases.
  • Doesn’t know what common things are for, like a brush, phone, fork, spoon.
  • Doesn’t copy actions and words. 
  • Doesn’t follow simple instructions. 
  • Doesn’t walk steady. 
  • Loses skills they once had. 

3 years milestones:

  • Falls down a lot or has trouble with stairs.
  • Drools or has very unclear speech. 
  • Can’t work simple toys (peg boards, simple puzzles, turning handle).
  • Doesn’t speak sentences.
  • Doesn’t understand simple instructions.
  • Doesn’t play pretend or make believe.
  • Doesn’t want to play with other children or with toys.
  • Doesn’t make eye contact.
  • Loses skills they once had. 

4 years milestones:

  • Can’t jump in place
  • Has trouble scribbling.
  • Shows no interest in interactive games or make- believe.
  • Ignores other children or doesn’t respond to people outside the family.
  • Resists dressing, sleeping, and using the toilet.
  • Can’t retell a favorite story.
  • Doesn’t understand “same” and “different”.
  • Doesn’t use “me” and “you” correctly.
  • Speaks unclearly.
  • Loses skills they once had.

5 years milestones:

  • Doesn’t show wide range of emotions.
  • Shows extreme behaviors (unusually fearful, aggressive, shy, or sad).
  • Unusually withdrawn.
  • Is easily distracted, cannot focus on one activity for more than 5 minutes.
  • Doesn’t respond to people.
  • Can’t tell the difference between what’s real and make-believe.
  • Can’t give first and last name.
  • Doesn’t draw pictures.
  • Can’t brush teeth, wash and dry hands, or get undressed without help.
  • Loses skills they once had. 

These are simply guidelines on when to talk to your doctor. Even if your child is doing some of them it is not necessarily a sign of a problem.

CDC Developmental Milestones Link