Developmental milestones are times when a newborn or child should do certain things - roll over, sit up, walk, form sentences of 2-3 words, etc. Its not just pediatricians, child neurologists, neuropsychologists and other experts who use developmental milestones as a tool to help diagnose cerebral palsy and other conditions - most of the time its parents and grandparents who sense something is wrong or that a child has some disability because he is not meeting these milestones on time.
Medical malpractice, usually some form of injury to a child's brain around the time of birth, sometimes from lack of oxygen, or infection or extreme prematurity, can certainly cause a child to be developmentally delayed. Sometimes this can be diagnosed shortly after birth, other times, parents may not know the true cause of their child's injury.
Many times, an injury to the brain means a person cannot control certain muscles, so its important to look at your child's gross motor skills - sitting up, holding her head up, crawling and walking are examples. If your child has trouble with these or can't do them at the time she should be able to, talk to her doctor about it. And keep a journal of what your child can do and what she struggles with, plus take pictures or video. It will help you remember everything and give the best information to your doctor.
If you think your child is not meeting developmental milestones, it may just be that she is developing at her own pace. But if you suspect a birth injury or trauma or difficult labor played a part in causing developmental delay, take action to get all the information today.