Milestone delay is the delay in reaching language, thinking, social, or motor skill milestones. It is also known as developmental delay. It can be caused by multiple factors like heredity, complications during pregnancy, and premature birth. Developmental delay indicates an underlying medical condition.
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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 TMS and GC-MS reports showed negative. We started Levi Pil syrup (Levetiracetam) based on the attached EEG report. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 MRI brain. A... Read Full »
My 11-month-old baby is not able to sit. Why?
Query: Hi doctor, My baby is preterm, and the corrected age is 11 months and 6 days. He is still not sitting. When we consulted a doctor, he advised for PT. And he said, we may need to check an MRI after 15 months of age if it persists. What is your advice? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concerns. A child starts to sit without support at 8 months of age and with support at 5 months of age. So, the development is delayed in your child, and the most probable cause for this is preterm birth. The doctor has rightly said that MRI ... 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 »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. After seeing the video (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it appears that she walks with an ataxic gait. There may also be some component of spasticity (stiffness in her lower limbs). It looks a little abnormal because she is tripping and fall... Read Full »
My 18-month-old son is addicted to mobile and television and does not respond well while talking. Please help.
Query: Hello doctor, My son is 18 months old, and he is not responding to his name, but if we call him to give biscuit, he will come and get it. He is active, and if any vehicle sound is heard, he wants to go for a ride. He is eating very well. If we sign, he is listening, but he is not listening while tal... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per your description, it is quite obvious that the above phenomenon is very closely linked with excessive screen time. We do not advise screen time of more than two to four hours per day at this particular age. Reduce the screen time, and you shall see results. A ph... Read Full »
Why is my 3 year old speaking only very few words?
Query: Hello doctor, My son is 3 years old. He is not speaking like other children of the same age. He is speaking very few words. What do I do? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. He has probably not interacted verbally enough with family members and other children of his age. Presuming his hearing capacity is normal, the above mentioned might be the reason. Please interact with him more often in the form of talking to him and storytelling wh... Read Full »
How to deal with my son's behavioral problems?
Query: Hello doctor, My son is 5.5 years old with developmental delay, speech delay and poor motor skills. He is always hitting, biting and scratching other kids or me when he is upset for any reason. I do not know how to deal with this. I have tried many things, but nothing works. Also, he has a 9 year ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Young children with delayed milestones are at high risk of conditions like ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactive disorder) or autism or even behavioral problems. Probably, he needs a careful evaluation to find these problems. Having said that, try... Read Full »
My 5-year-old son's speech is not clear. Does he have autism?
Query: Hi doctor, My son is 5 years old. He was delayed in speech. Now, he started talking, but he is not clear. I consulted a doctor, and he suggested Sizodon 0.5 every day for tics. Yesterday, his preschool skills and LD were evaluated, and they said he has LD. Is there any problem with the above medic... Read Full »
Dr. Satpute Ganeshkumar Suresh
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your son is showing delayed milestone. He may have autism. Tablet Sizodone contains Risperidone that is centrally acting anticholinergic drug. It has its own side effects, but you can definitely use it if there are tics. It should be taken after consultation with a n... 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 »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your daughter is having some delay in walking. We expect them to achieve this function by 12 or 13 months. Does she recognize parents? Can she hear and say some words with meaning? As you said that her activities are normal, I presume yes. So, maybe she has a delay in... 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 f... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 abou... Read Full »