It is completely natural for parents to want the very best for their child, and that is why they sometimes panic about the tiniest differences between the norms of “perfect“ development and the actual development of their child. After all, you can never be too careful with your child’s health, right? But, worrying too much about every little thing in your child’s development can cause you to be under a lot of stress, making you tired and too exhausted to notice and react as soon as possible if any signs you should really worry about appearing. Even if you do notice some of these irregularities in your little child’s behavior, don’t panic right away. The reason we are educating you on what the red flags in this age are is to help you recognize them and take your child to their pediatrician as soon as you can. If you react to these signs in time, with the help of the doctor and your help, your child should not have much problem getting back on the track with their development. Keep in mind that every child is different, and everyone is going through the stages of development differently and with a different tempo. However, it would be the best to consult your pediatrician right away if you notice any of these red-flags during your child’s first year.
Trouble moving eyes
Children up to 4 months usually have no problem moving their eyes and following moving objects such as a parent’s face while keeping eye contact. To stimulate your baby’s visual development, you can surround them with bright colors and keep adding new items to their room or their crib. But if you notice that your baby is struggling to move their eyes in the wanted direction and has difficulty making eye contact or looking at moving objects, check with your doctor to see if everything is okay.
Not making sounds
Babies usually start vocalizing and making different sounds as well as imitating sound from their surroundings until the 4th month. That way the baby is getting their vocal apparatus ready for the upcoming language development, practicing how to make certain sounds, which will later turn into words and sentences. If your baby is not trying to imitate simple sounds in their environment and they don’t make many sounds on their own (other than crying and coughing), you should consult your pediatrician for help.
Not bringing objects to mouth
Usually, around the third or the forth month, babies will grab light objects they can reach and bring them close to their mouth, trying to explore the object by licking or chewing them. Parents often worry about the sterility of the objects babies put into their mouth, so this kind of behavior might seem hazardous. But actually, it’s a necessary step in the baby’s development and a way for them to explore the objects around them. If your baby doesn’t seem to show interest into pressing objects against their lips and exploring them with their mouth by the fourth month, we recommend calling your doctor for advice.