DEVELOPMENTAL RED FLAGS

Signs and Symptoms of Developmental Delays. In clinical terms, there are a few “absolute indicators,” often referred to as “red flags,” that identify the behavioral or developmental markers suggesting the need for further evaluation. For a parent, these “red flags” should serve as a catalyst prompting developmental screening to ensure that the child is on the right developmental path. If your child shows two or more of these signs, please ask your pediatric healthcare provider for an immediate evaluation. It is also highly recommended that whenever a parent suspects that there may be such concerns that you go through a Referral Process to ensure that your child gets the help he or she needs. Doctors used to (and some still do) take a “wait and see” approach, but today it is clear that early intervention is the key to the greatest possible outcomes for children with such issues. If you have concerns that your child may be showing signs of Autism check out the Red Flags of Autism link. Developmental Red Flags (1 to 3 months) Doesn’t seem to respond to loud noises Doesn’t follow moving objects with eyes by 2 to 3 months Doesn’t smile at the sound of your voice by 2 months Doesn’t grasp and hold objects by 3 months Doesn’t smile at people by 3 months Cannot support head well at 3 months Doesn’t reach for and grasp toys by 3 to 4 months Doesn’t bring objects to mouth by 4 months Doesn’t push down with legs when feet are placed on a firm surface by 4 months Has trouble moving one or both eyes in all directions Crosses eyes most of the time (occasional crossing of the eyes is normal in these first months) Developmental Red Flags (4 to 7 months) Seems very stiff, tight muscles Seems very floppy, like a rag doll Head still flops back when body is pulled to sitting position (by 5months still exhibits head lag) Shows no affection for the person who cares for them Doesn’t seem to enjoy being around people One or both eyes consistently turn in or out Persistent tearing, eye drainage, or sensitivity to light Does not respond to sounds around them Has difficulty getting objects to mouth Does not turn head to locate sounds by 4 months