It's normal for new parents to wonder (and sometimes even worry) whether or not their child has a developmental delay. It is not an unusual question from new parents to their pediatrician, even when there is no developmental delay at all. So, what qualifies as a developmental delay? Does your baby not rolling over at exactly six months mean he has a developmental delay? No, not necessarily.
What is a developmental delay?
Doctors use this term when babies do not reach certain developmental milestones within a broad range of time that's considered normal. But, keep in mind that babies do not all meet milestones at the same time. But, it may be time for caution if your baby is delayed in more than one area - for example, if there is a delay in gross motor skills,
What are some of the common causes of a developmental delay?
Birth injuries can unfortunately cause developmental delays in otherwise healthy children. The most common types are Cerebral Palsy and Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy. We have represented families with these injuries and can help you today. are some of the common causes.
1) Premature delivery
2) Head Trauma during delivery
3) Medications taken during pregnancy that caused damage
4) Lack of oxygen to the brain during labor and delivery
We have worked with many families who have a child with a serious developmental delay, and helped them live full lives after settlement or success in court. Wondering what experience we have in developmental delay cases? How do we go about proving negligence? Click here for a case result where we helped a young man with cerebral palsy get the help he needed to live a full life. Here's another case result where a system failure of a hospital unfortunately led to a child's birth injury, and we were able to get this healthy mom the help she needed to take care of her child.
With therapy and treatment, many children are able to lead full and healthy lives, even with a birth injury like cerebral palsy. Check out the free resources in our area that will help your child with a developmental delay. And, call us at 202-393-3320 if you think your child's birth injury was the result of medical malpractice. We can schedule a time to review your case in detail with you, and determine how we can help!
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