Does My Baby Need Help?
Parents are usually the first to notice if things are wrong. If you are concerned it is worth seeking professional input for your baby. The earlier treatment begins the better the results.
Reasons for concern include:
- There is a family history of developmental and neurological problems
- Baby is very difficult to calm or comfort. May need a lot of rocking, patting or movement to fall asleep
- Baby resists being handled or does not cuddle (may arch it’s back, pull away, cry or become irritable when held)
- Baby avoids eye contact and avoids intently watching the faces of parents and familiar others (in 2 month or older baby).
- Baby does not expressively communicate with face and body (facial expressions, body movements).
- Baby seems to lack interest in shared communication with parents and familiar others (lack of smile at the sound of a parent’s voice or not emotionally expressive with body, does not enjoy social play with familiar others by 3 months of age, difficulty imitating facial expressions and body movements, may make some sounds but not chaining sounds, like in babbling by 3 months of age).
- Baby seems to have digestive issues (abnormal bowel movements in amount, frequency, consistency, color or odor of stool). Testing can determine food sensitivities, food intolerances, presence of heavy metals, parasites, yeast infestation, leaky gut, vitamin or mineral deficiencies or imbalances, poor nutrient absorption.
- Baby has unpredictable sleep patterns or baby does not sleep through the night after 3 months of age.
- Highly irritable or seemingly overwhelmed by stimuli much of the time (sounds, lights, smells, tastes, textures in food, clothing textures, environmental textures, visual stimuli and/or being moved or needing a lot of movement to calm).
- Does not seek affection or attention from parents, but will use parents for physical support.
- As a 2-6 month old infant, seems to have lower muscle tone or less strength than same age/weight peers.
- Developmental milestones are delayed in the first 12 months.
Do not panic your child may have some or all of these issues and not have a serious condition. These issues can all be treated.