When should I speak to our pediatrician about my baby’s development?
You can speak to your child’s pediatrician any time you have a question or concern about your child’s development. You know your own child best, so if you notice anything that seems unusual about the way your child learns, speaks, acts, or plays, don’t hesitate to bring it up to your doctor at your next appointment. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children be screened for development at 9, 18, or 30 months, or whenever a parent has a concern. Finding and diagnosing any conditions early can help you make a plan for how to support your child’s development as they grow.
Additionally, if you’re concerned about your child’s development, there are both state and federally funded early intervention programs that can help. and In most states, parents can reach out directly to developmental specialists (PT, OT, SLP) to help supplement your child’s learning. A parent's intuition is strong and if you feel there is a concern that isn't being addressed through receiving a referral, you can often self-refer to these programs and request an evaluation to assess if your child has any developmental delays or disabilities. The evaluations are always free of charge and will determine their eligibility for early intervention services. To learn more and find contact information for your state, visit the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center webpage.
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Disclaimer: The contents of this article does not constitute medical advice. If you have concerns about any health or medical condition, diagnosis, or treatment you should consult with your pediatrician or a licensed healthcare provider.