Doctors unanimously agree that each child is unique and, therefore, presents their own rhythm for motor, physical and intellectual evolution and will develop their abilities in a particular speed, different from others.
Developmental milestones, such as crawling, walking and talking serve as a parameter, but the way and the age group in which each child achieves them does not interfere with how they will be in the future. Avoid the temptation of comparing your baby’s abilities with that of other children, for better or for worse. It’s not a competition over who starts talking first, for instance, that will determine if your child will be at the top of their class.
In general, setbacks only become evident after the one year mark. Even so, it’s fundamental to stay alert and always consult the pediatrician over any eventual doubts or concerns. After all, an early and precise diagnosis allows for certain treatments to be more effective and quick.
It’s worth noting how the child reacts depending on contact with other people and their environment. Do they respond to a look, a conversation, and to the touch of their parents or caregivers during playtime, feeding time or while being held? And, at six months, can they hold their head on their own and turn on their tummy? Do they respond to visual or auditory stimuli? Difficulty seeing and hearing are more easy to identify, and, if diagnosed sooner rather than later, it can be treated to prevent any future problems. Remember: premature and/or underweight babies require more attention and care during their first few months of life. Their growth, for example, should be accompanied with more frequency.
Feelings of fear, anguish, blame, anxiety and even rejection can signal a deficiency. These feelings are normal, considering the newly discovered fact and frustrated expectations. However, keep in mind that love, affection, patience and care can help any child have a happy and productive life, regardless of anything else. The family and their incessant quest for overcoming anything and for basic human rights can make independence and socialization possible.