Should I worry about her development?

Samantha - posted on 07/17/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )




My daughter was 3 months old yesterday. She has only ever rolled from her back to her side 4 times, her fists are still pretty much clenched all the time, and she doesn't really coo yet. She does smile and can hold her head up pretty well. Do we need to see a developmental pediatrician? Do I need to worry about her development? She doesn't yet really reach for toys either, and she won't fall asleep without her paci in her mouth, I am just worried. Her next checkup isn't for a month.


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Stacy - posted on 07/19/2012




No. Do not worry. My daughter was developmentally delayed. A lot of her milestones were late coming, such as sitting up, crawling and walking. She didn't walk until she was 19 months. She's 2 now, and she still doesn't want to feed herself even though she is able to. She had physical and developmental therapy, and it was very expensive and time consuming. I look back now and realize she probably didn't really need it. She's doing great now. She just needed to accomplish these things in her own time. We took her to a neurodevelpmental pediatrician for an evaluation, and they pretty much said she wasn't disciplined enough! I think these therapists take advantage of worried parents. At 3 months, it's too early to be concerned. There is no exact right age for your child to be able to do something. Every child is different and develops at his/her own pace. Relax and end enjoy this time with her. It goes by fast. :)

Stephanie - posted on 07/19/2012




Try not to stress chick, hard i know as she is your baby & u want her to hit all her milestones. & its not easy as we live in a owrld where comparison is common practice. It sounds like she is fine. All babies develop differently, some do things sooner than other, & every baby does things at their own pace. My 2nd daughter didnt smile untill almost 3 months old. She barely rolled over untill she was 7 months 7 i think in that 7 month period she rolled over once or twice if that.. i was concerned, but at 12 months she went straight to walking. She is now 2,a very active little girl & talks like an adult & is very advanced for her age. Any concerns just bring it up with your dr. good luck :)

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She sounds pretty normal to me.

I wouldn't jump up and call a doctor right away, but I would bring it up at the next appointment. My son didn't roll over from his back to his front until after he was crawling. Kids can develop in weird ways.

Samantha - posted on 07/17/2012




Thanks She does all of those things, and I was just worried about the others. I guess she is good for now :)

Cherish - posted on 07/17/2012




According the the CDC at the end of 2 months talk to the Dr if the baby:
Doesn’t respond to loud sounds
Doesn’t watch things as they move
Doesn’t smile at people
Doesn’t bring hands to mouth
Can’t hold head up when pushing up when on tummy

I would not stress out about it,when you see the Dr next month you can address your concerns.Babies develop at their own pace,and if they are close to milestones especially when they are that young,it really is not concerning.
A developmental pediatrician will not see a child that young unless something is obviously WAY off.Most of them have 6months+ long waiting lists.

Here is a link to the web site and there they have numbers to call,and if you are seriously concerned they can tell you who to call in your state so that she can get a free eval to see if she does need therapy.

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