Do you have a new baby in the house? It is so exciting to see your newborn grow and develop. But did you know that it can be straightforward for parents to miss some of the early signs of problems in their child’s development? This informative blog post will help you spot potential issues in your baby’s health before they become serious, like when they start crying when held, show decreased responsiveness, or fail to gain weight.
What to Look Out For In the Early Stages of your Baby’s Life:
- Does your baby frequently cry when held?
- Is your baby breathing right?
- Are you concerned that your baby is not growing properly?
- Does your baby seem to be less responsive than others?
- Developing Cognitive Symptoms
- Is your baby not gaining weight?
- Are you concerned that your baby is not babbling yet?
- A sudden increase in head size?
- Does your baby stop rolling over?
- Is your baby’s hand shape-changing?
- Does your baby seem uncoordinated?
- A change in eating preferences?
- Do you notice that your baby is easily startled?
- Are you concerned that your baby has a difficult time processing information?
- Does your baby seem to be turning his head away more than usual?
- Is your baby missing milestones?
- Does your baby seem to have something wrong with his eyes?
- Does your baby have a difficult time swallowing?
- Does your baby seem to be in pain?
- Does your baby have unusual sleep patterns?
1. Does your baby frequently cry when held?
Babies are not born howling with laughter; instead, they scream for their first few weeks of life. But if your baby is crying more than usual or seems to be in pain when you hold him, then you should take him to the doctor. The doctor will need to examine your baby and may recommend additional tests.
2. Is your baby breathing right?
If you notice that your baby is breathing unusually quickly or slowly, then this could be because of his sleep, but it could also be a sign that something else is wrong. If your baby is having trouble feeding because he cannot breathe properly or seems to stop breathing when asleep, then you should take him to the doctor.
3. Are you concerned that your baby is not growing properly?
Sometimes, with newborns, it can be difficult to tell if they are gradually beginning to lose weight. One way to avoid confusion is by watching your baby’s tummy. If it seems less rounded than before, then you should notify the doctor.
4. Does your baby seem to be less responsive than others?
All babies are different in terms of how soon they start smiling at their parents or responding to stimulation. But if your baby does not respond to his name after two years, it is time for a visit to the doctor.
5. Developing Cognitive Symptoms
Moebius syndrome is a condition that causes lack of facial movement and is caused by damage to the nerves in the face. It can have serious consequences for normal development, causing the child to have trouble eating, speaking, hearing, and seeing.
Other developmental problems such as Cerebral Palsy and Transient Epilepsy can also cause a change in your child’s behavior or vision. It is important to visit the doctor if you notice these symptoms while your baby is still young.
6. Is your baby not gaining weight?
Some babies are naturally thin, but you should still watch out for sudden weight loss. This could be a sign of an underlying problem, such as a genetic disease or an intestinal disease.
7. Are you concerned that your baby is not babbling yet?
Babies generally begin to babble around six months. However, if your baby doesn’t babble by the end of the year, this may be a sign of a speech delay. Talk to your doctor about this issue so he can rule out any potential problems.
8. A sudden increase in head size?
The head of your baby is growing within the first six weeks. If you notice that his head seems larger than before, then call the doctor. Some babies do not stop growing until they are two years old.
9. Does your baby stop rolling over?
Babies usually start rolling over around two months. If you notice that your baby suddenly has problems rolling over, this could be a sign of spinal misalignment (your doctor may need to X-ray the problem).
10. Is your baby’s hand shape-changing?
The panel of experts at BabyCenter Africa can’t stress enough how important it is for you to spot even the smallest of issues in your child’s development. One such issue is when your baby’s hand shape changes (which could signify a calcium deficiency).
11. Does your baby seem uncoordinated?
Your baby should be able to sit up and stand at around six and nine months, respectively. If your baby is having trouble with these skills, this could signify a problem with his neurological development. You should notify the doctor .
12. A change in eating preferences?
Your baby’s eating habits will develop as he grows. If your baby does not pick up on new tastes at the right place, then this is a good indication that something is wrong.
13. Do you notice that your baby is easily startled?
Newborns can be very prone to suddenly startled reactions. But this usually decreases as they grow older and should not occur beyond the age of two years.
14. Are you concerned that your baby has a difficult time processing information?
Babies are born with very different thought processes than adults. If you notice that he seems to have conversations only with the same people over and over again, then talk to the doctor about it.
15. Does your baby seem to be turning his head away more than usual?
Newborns often turn their heads away from familiar faces, but this should not last longer than two years of age.
16. Is your baby missing milestones?
There are always children who grow and develop quicker than others. Parents must watch out for sudden changes in their child’s development that do not seem normal. This would be a sign that your child is missing developmental milestones. If you are concerned, then speak to your doctor.
17. Does your baby seem to have something wrong with his eyes?
Your baby will have his first eye exam during the early stages of development. However, if you notice that your child seems to have problems keeping focus or has difficulty looking at certain objects, this could be a sign of more serious conditions.
18. Does your baby have a difficult time swallowing?
If you feel a problem with your child’s swallowing, it is important to talk with the doctor right away. Your child may have a condition called pyloric stenosis.
19. Does your baby seem to be in pain?
Newborns can be susceptible to touch, so they often cry when being held, changed, or touched in any way. If you notice that your child seems to have pain in any area, this could be a sign of an underlying condition. It would help if you talked with the doctor immediately.
20. Does your baby have unusual sleep patterns?
Newborns love to sleep, and they generally need around 16 hours of sleep a day. But if you notice that your child is waking up too early or staying awake at night for longer periods , it could be a sign of an underlying problem. Talk to the doctor about it.
It is impossible to preemptively screen for any developmental condition, nor is it possible to predict what problems your child may develop in the future. It is important to keep an eye out for changes in your child’s development, even if you cannot immediately identify them.