Missed Developmental Milestones May Indicate a Birth Injury
When babies and children meet certain milestones, it’s a sign that they are developing normally. Several missed milestones, however, are a cause for concern.
Below, our Philadelphia birth injury attorneys discuss what it may mean if your child misses certain developmental milestones.
What Milestones Should My Child Meet?
Babies and young children should meet certain milestones every few months. These include the following:
Two to Four Months Old
Coos and smiles
Follows people with eyes
Holds head up
Pushes up on elbows if lying on stomach
Six to Nine Months Old
Brings objects to mouth
Passes objects from hand to hand
Begins to crawl
One Year Old
Can walk unassisted or while holding onto furniture
Starts to say words
18 Months Old
Stands and walks
Eats with a spoon
Can say single words
Points to objects
If your child has missed several milestones, it does not necessarily mean that they have suffered a birth injury. It’s important for you to meet with a medical professional to determine if a birth injury is present.
Keep in mind that not all birth injuries are immediately apparent. Some birth injuries may not present symptoms until a child begins school. Usually, these are birth injuries that affect a child’s cognitive development such as ADD or ADHD.
Did Your Child Suffer a Birth Injury? We’re Here to Help
If your child suffered a birth injury due to a medical professional’s negligence, our team is here to help. Our Philadelphia birth injury team works on lawsuits every day, helping families just like yours investigate and understand the cause of their children's disabilities and obtain fair compensation for their child's preventable injuries.
Contact The Beasley Firm, LLC at (215) 866-2424 to schedule a free consultation.