Were you exposed to risk factors during your pregnancy that placed your child at risk? Is your child demonstrating signs of developmental delay? Is your child missing developmental milestones? Is your child within growth chart expectations for height and weight? Do you suspect your child may have cerebral palsy?

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Signs of Developmental Delay

MyChild Kit No. 121WO – Signs of Developmental Delay includes:

  • MyChild Cerebral Palsy Risk Factor Checklist
  • Screens, Tests and Evaluations to Rule Out, or Confirm, Cerebral Palsy
  • About Developmental Milestones
  • Developmental Milestone Charts:
    • By the end of 2 months
    • By the end of 4 months
    • By the end of 6 months
    • By the end of 9 months
    • By the end of 1 year
    • By the end of 18 months
    • By the end of 2 years
    • By the end of 3 years
    • By the end of 4 years
    • By the end of 5 years

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About developmental delay

Doctors look for visible signs of brain injury when they evaluate children for cerebral palsy. Development delay, which occurs when an infant does not reach a milestone at the expected time, is often the first sign in most children. Doctors will also look for anatomic signs, such as evidence of excessively stiff or loose limbs. Radiological signs of cerebral palsy are visible in the brain through neuroimaging techniques like MRIs, CT scans, and cranial ultrasound.

Certain milestones are reached at predictable times. Reaching these milestones later than expected does not necessarily indicate cause for concern; many infants develop at their own pace. However, delay does suggest the possibility of a problem, especially when combined with other risk factors and anatomic or radiological signs.

Examples of milestones important for motor development include:

  • Smiling at around six weeks
  • Rolling onto back at around four months
  • Reaching for toys at three to four months
  • Sitting without assistance at six to seven months
  • Walking at 10 to 14 months

If developmental delay is suspected the ensuing evaluation is broken into two parts:

  • Developmental screening is used to detect whether possible impairment of the child’s development exists. Doctors ask parents questions and interact with the child to gauge capabilities, reflexes and responses. If delay is detected, the process moves onto the second part.
  • Developmental evaluation is performed by a specialist, such as a developmental psychologist, developmental pediatrician, or pediatric neurologist. It is a very thorough exam used to determine whether the child is lagging behind. Tests may be performed at this stage to rule out conditions, or to diagnose.

If you suspect your child may have cerebral palsy, or is showing signs for cerebral palsy, order Kit No. 121WO to help understand developmental delay and the process to rule out, or confirm, a cerebral palsy diagnosis.

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