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Baby Milestones

Achievements like rolling over, crawling, sitting up, and walking during the baby's growth period are said to be baby milestones. These milestones are used to check if the baby's growth and development are healthy.

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When can we expect baby to use sippy cups?

Query: Hello doctor, I would like to know the signs to notice in a baby when he or she is ready for a sippy cup. What are the milestones that a baby needs to meet before they can be ready for a sippy cup? Explain the reason for each milestone or give examples for each milestone and why it is important for ...  Read Full »

Dr. Parmar Vishal Himatlal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to For sippy cup baby should have developed some gross motor and fine motor milestone. Baby should be able to sit without support so that it reduces the chance of aspirations and better suck swallow co-ordinations. For fine motor milestone, he or she should able to deve...  Read Full »

My one-and-a-half-year-old nephew is facing difficulties in sitting straight. Kindly suggest some tips.

Query: Hello doctor, My one-and-a-half-year-old nephew seems to be facing difficulties in sitting and has not attempted to stand up or walk. Whenever he sits, he bends forward. Could you kindly suggest what to do?  Read Full »

Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understood your concern. I suggest you encourage proper sitting posture of the child. You can encourage the child to maintain a good posture while sitting. Ensure they sit on a supportive chair or surface with their back straight and shoulders rel...  Read Full »

My 15-months-old baby is having difficulty in standing. Should I be concerned?

Query: Hi doctor, My child is 15 months old. He is not standing well. He does crawl and pulls up his knees. When I try to stand him up, he is reluctant and seems to be scared and cries when standing. I am worried. Should I be concerned? Do I need to check his hips? Had appointments with a doctor and he nev...  Read Full »

Dr. Amit Kumar Modi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Most babies take their first steps by their first birthday. Most toddlers have walking unaided, often with uneven steps. Do not worry, if your baby takes a little longer time. Some children do not walk until they are 17 months or 18 months old. You should stimulate the ...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for the unsteady gait of my daughter?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter was a late walker. She started to walk when she was 18 months old. Now, at 20 months, it feels like she is still very unsteady and her gait is weird. I have attached a link to a video of how she walks. Please see it. Is there a real reason to be concerned or is it normal af...  Read Full »

Dr. Nene Devavrat Harihar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to After seeing the video (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it appears that she walks with anataxic gait. There may also be some component of spasticity (stiffness in her lower limbs). It looks a little abnormal because she is tripping and falling. This c...  Read Full »

Why do infants get constipated easily?

Query: Hello doctor, My 8-month-old son is having eczema issues since he was around 2 months old. I presume because of allergies. We have tried many things to find what causes his issues, but still have not got it to go away long term. My main concern is that he has had issues with digestion for the past ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is not unusual for infants to have constipation and milk protein allergies are also not that uncommon. You can try Similac has a product by the name of Similac Alimentum; they are broken down milk proteins. You can also try soy milk. You have to be very careful ab...  Read Full »

My kid suffers from a developmental delay. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, My kid has a developmental delay. He is missing his milestones. He is 1 year 10 months. He does not walk or kneel or speak yet. His transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and gas chromatography - mass spectrometry (GC-MS) reports showed negative. We started Levi Pil syrup (Levetiracetam)...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concerns. Regarding the prescription of Levetiracetam, it is completely right as there is evidence of absence seizures indicated by EEG (electroencephalogram). Regarding developmental delay, there is a need for magnetic resonance ima...  Read Full »

Why is my 1.8-year-old baby not crawling yet?

Query: Hi doctor, My baby girl is 1.8 years old. All her activities are normal. But, she did not crawl yet. She can sit in bed from a lying position and stand by holding something for 10 minutes. She is not stepping forward. Why?  Read Full »

Dr. Nagasirisha Naredla

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 1. Your daughter is having some delay in walking. We expect them to achieve this function by 12 or 13 months. 2. Does she recognize parents? Can she hear and say some words with meaning? As you said that her activities are normal, I presume yes. 3. So, maybe she has ...  Read Full »

Why did not my 5-month-old daughter roll from yesterday?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter is 5 months old. She started rolling at her fifth month birthday. She rolled for two or three days. But, she did not roll since yesterday. Is this normal?  Read Full »

Dr. Deepak Patel

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 1. A baby starts to roll or turn on its back at 5 months of age. Since your child has started to roll at 5 months, this is absolutely normal for this age. 2. In initial days, the movements are a bit slow which the child picks in a few days. So, you should not worry ...  Read Full »

My baby was diagnosed with HIE 2 and has normal imaging reports and hearing tests, but he makes less eye contact. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My baby does not make any eye contact. Only sometimes he will make eye contact with us. Sometimes he smiles and makes sounds during eye contact but sometimes no reaction. When he needs milk he makes eye contact and cries sometimes. But he looks into a mobile video call and his toys and...  Read Full »

Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. In general, babies develop at different rates and exhibit varying behaviors, and it is normal for them to have different levels of eye contact and responsiveness at different times. Some babies may make more eye con...  Read Full »

Does a fall cause brain and IQ damage in a baby?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter of 6 months old had a fall yesterday from 20 inches height. She had a hit on the backside of her head. She cried loudly and I immediately applied lot of water on the backside of her head. She became fine within a minute and she is totally fine now. Will it affect her intellige...  Read Full »

Dr. Alok Rathi

Answer: Hi,Welcome to from height does cause injury, a known fact.Human body has protective mechanisms against such accidents. One is bony skull, which prevents force to hit brain inside. It is not that effective in children. Next is fluid inside the skull surrounding brain does prevent fro...  Read Full »

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