As a parent, you know your child more than anyone else does. Each child develops at their own pace, and while a missed milestone may not point to a more serious issue, like cerebral palsy (CP), it’s always better to understand what is causing the delays.
Below, we discuss some of the commonly missed milestones for infants with cerebral palsy.
- Poor reflexes
- Lack of muscle control
- Floppy or stiff body
- Inattentive to light or sounds
- Difficulty moving eyes
- Not smiling by three months old
- Poor muscle development
- Lack of communication (no babbling, cooing, or laughing)
- Not reaching for objects or handling them
- Not rolling over or sitting up
6 Months-1 Year
- Difficulty with physical and oral motor skills
- Poor coordination
- Inability to grasp objects
- Difficulty eating or swallowing
- Favoring one side of the body
- Muscle spasms or stiff or jerky movements
- Delayed physical, cognitive, or social development
- Not walking by one year old
- Lack of interest in socialization
What To Do If You Have Concerns Over Missed Milestones
If you have concerns over your child’s development, especially after a traumatic birth experience, it is important that you act early so that your child gets the treatment needed from an early age.
Talk with your doctor about any missed milestones you are concerned about and contact an experienced birth injury attorney who can review your case for free and determine if you have any legal options for pursuing a birth injury claim against your labor-and-delivery doctor or another negligent medical staff member.
For dedicated, personalized legal advice and representation, contact Angel Law at (503) 862-8666. We are here to assist you and your family during these trying times.