J.R. asks from Reading, PA on April 19, 2007
My 7 Month Old Has Developmental Isusse
My 7 month old is very under weight for his age, he was born 4lbs 6oz at 37 weeks. He is now 7 months and weights 11lbs 6oz. The doctors say he his gaining his own weight on his on time and that right now there is no concerns, but my concerns is That he looks and acts like a 4 month old, doesnt hold his head up, doesnt sit up on his own, doesnt hold toys for more then a min, doesnt move a toy from one Hand to another, doesnt do da "dadada","Mamamama","babababa" sounds, he's just like a 4 month old. Who else has had or has this same problems with there child and what would your advice or experience be for my situation...
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My son is going to start physical therpy soon and this is my first time having a infant do P.T. does anyone know what am I looking at when he gets P.T.? What kind of things they will do with him. He'll get P.T. Once a week but i am still waiting for an appiontment for the therpist to set up so he can start.
V.B. answers from York on April 20, 2007
Have you learned infant massage? WellSpan offers classes, as do many doulas and massage therapists. Another good resource for physical therapy is Yoga for the Special Child. The author's daughter had Down's Syndrome and the yoga really helped her both physically and mentally. Also, babywearing with a sling or other carrier is wonderful for baby's development. I have a hotsling pouch which my baby just loves.
Best of luck to you and yours!
B.B. answers from Philadelphia on April 19, 2007
Good luck, Jayda. My daughter is in early intervention---it's free in most counties, but you may really need to advocate, esp if there's a delay in getting an evaluation--it's worth it, the physical and occupational therapists are wonderful. Not all the pediatricians "get" this. In addition to Early Intervention, you need to make an appt to see a developmental pediatrician: CHOP/Children's Hospital, in Phila, is the best, and it has a long waiting list, you might call the developmental clinic right away for an appt. There's also dev clinics at St Christopher's in Phila, and other good children's hospitals have them too. Another option is Shriners Hospital in North Philadelphia, which has a very good reputation (and is a free service, too). These appts are important: EI doesn't get at the medical issues, they just fix what they see. My daughter has hypotonia (low tone), and we've been learning about these different avenues. EI has been wonderful, but we needed to get a diagnosis, and that's where the developmental pediatricians helped.
And go with your instincts in getting help. It can be bureaucratic to deal with these systems, but they do incredible work. Hugs to you, and the baby.
M.G. answers from Pittsburgh on April 19, 2007
My daughter, Ashleigh, started Early Intervention when she was 20 months old. She did not walk. She had PT once a week along with development & later speech was added. This was all done in our home. Birth to 3 is normally done in the home. I am in Butler Co.
I would definately look into EI. It was so worth it. Ash walked at 25 months old & that we credit her wonderful physical therapist. Ash had to learn how to do everything like climbing on chairs, climbing onto the couch, etc.
Ashleigh did not sit up on her own. She barely spoke. She had problems with her left side. Her left side is the weaker side.
Ashleigh is now 6 & her speech is normal. Her ability to walk, jump, run is still delayed. Any questions, please ask.
C.S. answers from Philadelphia on April 20, 2007
If I were you, I would get a second opinion or have him evaluated. Mother's seem to know best! If there is a developmental delay it is best to intervene early. Early Intervention programs always say "the earlier the better." There are a lot of resources out there for developmental delays. My daughter is small too. When I was pregnant, I had to go for an ultrasound almost everyweek because she was measuring weeks behind where she should have been. My quad screen was positive for Downs but she came out fine. She is only in the 3rd percentile for weight. At 2 months she was 6 pounds. We are about to go to her 3 month check up today. I hope everything goes well! He may just need more time to reach his milestones and he may just catch up because infant development is so varied. Is he rolling over yet?? Good Luck!
J.B. answers from Allentown on April 19, 2007
I currently provide childcare to a set of 1yo twins. They are about 3mo. behind developmentally. The mom has a physical therapist coming to her house and working with them and they are catching up.
I would suggest you contact your pediatrician about your concerns and ask for the phone number of the agency in your area that handles evaluations. I would have your child evaluated for physical therapy, occupational therapy. It is possible that all he needs is some one on one with a therapist in order to catch up.
I just noticed you have someone coming out to evaluate him. They will work on having him hold his head up, laying on his stomach, sitting up and so on.
T.J. answers from Allentown on April 20, 2007
2 of my children have developmental delays. Both experienced poor growth. They see a developmental pediatricion, she is more educated in those matters than a regular doctor. Dr. Seneft of Good Shepard in Allentown is where my children go. I give my children a protein based formula which helps with growth. They had a protein defeciency which turned up in a blood test. Get another opinion!!! Don't waste any time!!!
G.E. answers from Reading on April 20, 2007
I had a similar situation with my daughter as well. She was born at 32 weeks at 4.2 pounds and was in the neonatal unit for almost three weeks. When she came home she had a heart monitor since she was having episodes of apnea. She too was developmentally delayed except for speech. My pediatrician finally at 9 months old had recommended me to Theraplay, which is a service that may evaluate your son's gross motor skills, fine motor skills and speech. After exhausting my insurance benefits there, I had learned about Early Intervention Services, which are offered by each County. At that time, it was Bucks County Early Intervention Services for me. They will come to your home and evaluate whether your son qualifies for services i.e. he has to be a certain percentage delayed according to their standards in order to qualify for services. My daugher qualified for both gross and fine motor skills services. The gross motor therapist was simply wonderful and came to my home frequently for roughly 1 1/2 years and the fine motor specialist came to my home for 3 months. By the time my daughter was roughly three years old, she no longer qualified for these services since there were no longer needed. My daughter is now 6 1/2 years old and you would never know that she was ever developmentally delayed. She is right up there with the others in everything that she does. I'm so proud of her. I will tell you though that to obtain these type of services there is alot of paperwork, phone calls, referrals, and constant "hounding" on your part to make this happen. The overall result though is so worth it. Good luck to you. Your son will shine.
M.L. answers from Johnstown on April 20, 2007
I would call up your local early intervention unit. I had them out for my son because he was very delayed in several areas. They will set up an appt. and come out and evaluate your son. If he is really delayed they'll start some probably physical or occupational therapy with him til he gets caught up. They had my son from about 27 months til 3 and he really was almost caught up by 3. If you need help finding the number just send me a message and I'll help you out. Good Luck!