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Delayed Milestones

Information About Delayed Milestones

We Have to Know about the Delayed Milestones

  • Delayed growth involves poor or abnormally slow gains in weight or height in a child younger than 5 years old

Could be dangerous, if the answer is YES for any one of the following questions

  • Delayed development in maturity?

Causes of Delayed Milestones

  • Genetics, nutrition, infections, chronic diseases, and psychosocial health

Signs & Symptoms of Delayed Milestones

  • Stunted growth
  • Lagging behind in the school or daycare center

Medical advice for Delayed Milestones

  • If you notice developmental delays or believe psychosocial issues may be contributing to a child’s delayed growth, contact your doctor

Risk factors of Delayed Milestones

  • History of neglect
  • Housing and food instability
  • Ethnic and linguistic minority

Treatment for Delayed Milestones

  • Regular monitoring of the child’s physical and mental milestones
  • Correction of deformities wherever possible
  • Balanced diet
  • Supervised physical activities

Self-care for Delayed Milestones

  • For slow weight gain caused by a lack of calories, try feeding the child on demand and increasing the sucking time. Also
  • Prepare formula exactly according to directions. Do not dilute ready-to-feed formula, and try increasing the amount offered to the child

Investigations for Delayed Milestones

  • Blood tests
  • Stool studies (to check for a malabsorption)
  • X-rays to determine bone age and to look for fractures
 Delayed Milestones
Delayed Milestones