Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Studying | 2010-10-14

Q.

Developmental delay

When is a child''s development said to be delayed? For example, a child should begin to walk between the ages of 10 and 15 months. If he has not walked by 15 months, is he then delayed and interventions should be sought immediately?

Children develop at different rates (the milestones are a guide) and I was wondering if there was a certain time period to wait after the maximum age provided in the guides. For example, do you give the child an extra three months or 30% of the age range of a milestone before seeking help?

I do understand that if all milestones are delayed, the quicker help is sought the better. But how long can/should one wait?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

If all milestones are delayed then it is important to do a developmental assessment on the child concerned. There is a wide range of variation with some milestones in particular with walking and language development. If other milestiones especially sitting is normal then there is usually no need for any real concern. Many children only start walking at about 18 or 19 months so the timespan can be longer than 3 months with particular milestones.

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