It is important that doctors and you yourself use, among other things, motor developmental milestones to compare your child’s developmental progress with the progress of a typical child. Why? This is because studies show that delayed or absent achievement of motor developmental milestones is a consistent early feature of CP. When a child does not meet motor developmental milestones, a physician should examine why.
Specific motor milestones to watch include:
- Volitional rolling (a skill that a baby should acquire between four to six months of age),
- Sitting (a skill that a baby should acquire between seven to nine months),
- Crawling (watch for delayed or abnormal crawling),
- Walking (a skill that a baby should acquire between 15 to 18 months).
Paradoxically, precocious development (e.g., early rolling [one to two months] or standing), also is in some cases an early feature of CP.
If you observe problems with your kid’s development, you can always request more screening for CP.
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