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Is your little one meeting his/her Milestones?
Developmental Milestones are markers of neurological development in the baby and young child. A baby is born with a very basic nervous system consisting primarily of primitive reflexes and autonomic control of the major organ systems. Because their brains are not developed, babies cannot conciously control their actions. The appearance of a series of skills at a particular age means that your baby's nervous sytem and brain are developing. If a child's abilities are within a predicted level for their age, then it is considered that the child is developing within normal guidelines. It is a concern if a child does not meet expected developmental milestones on time as it is indicative that their nervous system may not be developing as it should.
Developmental Milestones are categorized into 5 areas:
Gross Motor Skills
Fine Motor Skills
Gross Motor Skills are where the brain is able to tell the supporting muscles of the spine to work and the big muscles of the body to move. They are important for your baby to hold their head up on their own, sit up with and without support, crawl, stand, walk, and for older children to climb, run, hop, etc.
Fine Motor Skills occur when the brain is able to control the small muscles of the hands and voice box. Because of fine motor control, your baby will be able to feed herself finger food, turn pages of a book, and eventually be able to write and draw.
Social Skills tend to kick in early with your baby's first smile around 2 months of age. HIgher brain function (especially on the right side of the brain) deals with emotional connection and social interaction with others. Eye contact is part of this important milestone, as well as playing with their hands and feet, playing with others (ie peek-a-boo), and pointing.
Communication Skills relate to the development of vocabulary and is dependent on being able to hear in order to develop properly. Babies will start communicating with coos and laughs and then graduate to one syllable words ("ma"), which then morphs into 2 syllable words ("mama") and then phrases.
Adaptive Skills are similar to Fine Motor Skills, but include cognitive elements in each task. These include holding their own bottle, eating with utensils, identifying colors, copying a circle.
Dr.Zummo and Dr. Barnhart are board certified in chiropractic and have certifications in pediatrics and prenatal. We assess the Developmental Milestones of all children coming into our practice to ensure that their nervous systems are developing on track. We recommend all newborns have a wellness checkup as soon after birth as possible, so that we can determine if there are interferences in the nervous system which could affect neurologic function and developement. We advises that babies come in monthly for wellness visits in order to check that their developmental milestones are being met in all 5 categories.
If your baby or child has not met a developmental milestone on time or has a problem with autism, ADHD, dyslexia or other neurobehavioral or learning disorders, it is advisable for them to have a comprehensive nervous system scan and examination with our Doctors.
If your baby or child suffers with any of the following symptoms, Please Call (281) 980-3399