Early Warning Signs of Developmental Delay

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Early Signs of Developmental Delay

Relying on a list of symptoms alone is not the best way to identify what your child’s problems are or what activities a child should do to resolve them. When assessing your child for potential brain imbalance it’s important to take a functional approach as well as consider early warning signs that may have been present during infancy and early childhood. The following can serve as early warning signs that a developmental delay may be present:

Extremely Low Muscle Tone

The first sign is extremely low muscle tone. This is often first observed when an infant cannot properly suckle at the breast.

Delay in Rolling Over

A child should roll over easily and to both sides at around three to five months. If this does not happen on time, it is a sign that a brain imbalance might already exist.

Digestive Problems

A child has problems with bowel movements and constipation and/or has a problem with formula, especially dairy and possibly soy-based products. He may also have reflux.

Eczema / Chronic Ear Infections

A baby or toddler develops eczema or chronic ear infections.

Not Crawling Correctly

Crawling is a commando type of crawl – arm-over-arm propulsion forward with the trunk on the ground and legs dragging. Crawling is usually seen at seven to nine months. Creeping is crawling on hands and knees with trunk off the ground. Creeping is usually seen at eight to twelve months. Anything else, such as scooting on the bottom, rolling instead of crawling, or dragging one leg, is a red flag.

Skipping Crawling Altogether / Walking Too Early

Children should be walking at eleven to thirteen months. In my experience, walking earlier or later than this age signifies a developmental delay. This is counter to conventional thinking that puts the walking window at eleven to sixteen months. The only exception is a child who was born immature could learn to walk as late as they were early to arrive – that is, if the child was one month premature, then walking at fourteen months would be considered normal.

Signs of a brain deficiency can show up early – and more and more evidence suggests that in some if not most children, it begins even before they are born. Many clues can be found when looking back at your child’s development history and pregnancy. This mother and child checklist and this preliminary developmental milestones assessment may help provide insight as to whether your child has a brain imbalance and if it is due to a left or right brain delay. These are not diagnostic tools but rather resources to help you better understand the issues and how they relate to the brain. A more thorough assessment should be conducted by a trained professional.

Dr. Robert Melillo
Dr. Robert Melillo, the creator of the Brain Balance Program(tm), is an internationally known chiropractic neurologist, professor, researcher, and expert in childhood neurological disorders.
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