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Causes Of Developmental Delay
Many factors: Developmental delays often just are without much possible explanation. Other times there can be predisposition because of genetics, prematurity, toxin exposure, intrauterine problems, and disease/illness. Interactions with your child of all kinds help development. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
We expect babies and children to be able to do certain things by certain ages. We know not every child is the same, and also have to take into account things like prematurity. For instance, most babies are pulling up on furniture and attempting to take a first step around their first birthday. If they get to 15-16 months and aren't doing it, we say that's a delayed ...Read more
Many causes of delay: There can be many causes for developmental delays. Examples of this would be prematurity, genetic conditions, exposure to drugs, alcohol, lead, or maternal infections. Lack of stimulation can also lead to delays, such as infants who are left in their cribs or infant seats for hours at a time with no interaction. ...Read more
Started when younger: Gross motor delay doesn't start as a teen. Such delays would've been noticed and diagnosed long before (hopefully). However, if there is a loss of gross motor skill then a neurologist must be consulted to look into new onset neurological/neurosurgical problems - sooner rather than later. ...Read more
Delayed development: There are many kinds and many underlying causes, but the bottom line is this: a child can have difficulty learning to talk, a child can have difficulty learning to understand, or any combination of both. What is done about it depends both on the cause and the individual child. For instance, if the delay is because of impaired hearing, then improving the hearing will help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What to look for: Really looking for problems with behavior, emotions, social relations that can be caused by with a child seeming to have not developed age appropriate skills in a certain area (use of language, movement, visual processing) where the child's abilities are consistent with someone much younger. Many times such issues are confusing and difficult to pinpoint, so best to see a pediatrician. ...Read more
Depends on age: Each age of child has a set of milestones associated with it. So we look to match up milestones with the appropriate baby's age. When we see a missing milestone, we look for grouping and associations. For example, we might see a motor ( muscle movement ) delay in a baby and find an associated change in muscle tone. Delay can be gross motor, fine motor, social, speech, communication. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Developmental delays: There is a difference between the two. GDD is a delay in two or more of language, motor, vision, thinking and social skills. Pervasive developmental delays describe a group of disorders, such as Autism and Asperger's, that describe primarily delays of socialization, imagination, and communication. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Problematic Maybe: Studies have shown that most kids follow a pattern of advancing skills regarding use of various muscles.There is a tremendous range of time, so a child may walk as early as 7-8 mos and as late as 18-20 mos and still be in the "normal" range. When these advancements are delayed, longer than the expected latest normal time, we worry about problems. ...Read more
Each developmental: domain has a range of ages at which typically-developing infants & toddlers reach expected milestones. Screening for these is on firstsigns.org. Not attaining a milestone by the age at which 90% of children do so is a delay. The trajectory of development over time is more important than reaching a milestone at a single point in time. Developmental surveillance is, therefore,recommended by the AAP. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Good question: Retardation indicates a low IQ and expected problems meeting milestones. Mentally retarded individuals do have developmental delay. Developmental delay can exist alone and means one is not meeting milestones on time. Pt, ot, speech are therapies than can improve developmental delay. Mental impairment is a lot of different diagnosis...Bipolar, dementia, retardation, schizophrenia, etc ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there a new diagnosis of cerebral palsy with global developmental delay and mental retardation?
Just new terminology: The conditions you describe have been known for many decades. Europe has had specific centers dedicated to spastics for many years. There have been special clinics developed in the us for children with special needs - most due to conditions such as mental retardation and cerebral palsy. We are now using words that are less threatening such as global developmental delay and mrcp. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Specific testing: All children develop at different rates. Some learn to talk early (especially girls), some late, and some regress in language. Some develop rapid motor skills while others are much slower. Special testing can be done at school age to measure learning ability and to establish a scale of aptitude. This can then be used to quantify mental impairment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Loss of motor neuron: The brain has areas where the nerves that issue working signals to the muscles are located. For these nerves to grow and mature after conception, they need nutrients (oxygen, protein, carbohydrates) all brought to them by the normal flow of blood to their location. This is assured when blood flow in the placenta & brain is normal. Nerves die if nutrients are cut off, and this causes motor problems. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Rate of disable. : Theoretically, 100% people get disabled due to degenerative process if people live long enough. However, for those who are less than retired age, injury or medical disorder should not mean disabled, especially chronic degenerative process. It is possible for temporally disabled and should be able to return to work after treatment or after modified work load or type. ...Read more
Lack of advances: Motor delay can be fine and/or gross motor delay, and gets evaluated at every pe. It starts with the baby not reaching for things, not holding their head up, and as they get older, the child will not manipulate objects well and will not stand or walk. Definitely a concern! ...Read more
Intraventricular del: IVCD can be caused by anatomic or physiologic factors which would slow electrical conduction in the ventricles. Scar tissue, infiltration of abnormal tissue, electrolyte abnormality, ischemia, infarction and lots of things can cause intraventricular conduction delay. ...Read more
Cause Unknown: Risk factors include genetics, pre-/perinatal factors, neuroanatomical abnormalities, & environmental factors. No single gene can account for autism. There seems to be multiple genes involved. Possibly maternal gestational diabetes, maternal/paternal age over 30, bleeding after first trimester, use of prescription medication during pregnancy, & meconium in the amniotic fluid but not conclusive. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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