BY: Matthew Curtis | IN: Birth Injury
One of the most exciting parts of becoming a new parent is watching your child grow from an infant to a curious toddler exploring the world. Parents familiar with typical milestones can respond more quickly if they sense their child is struggling.
About 75 percent of babies meet the following scheduled milestones, which were revised in 2022 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Many other healthy babies take a little longer but catch up eventually.
Every baby grows differently, and not every difficulty signifies something serious. However, some developmental delays can be caused by birth injuries. Consistently failing to meet expected developmental milestones can indicate a serious birth injury. The sooner you know where your child needs help, the sooner you can seek that help and give your child the best possible future.
Two months may go by quickly with a new baby, or the time may drag on in a fog of sleepless nights. For many parents, both can feel true at once.
By two months of age, most babies will:
At four months, babies are twice as old as they were at two months, and their development usually shows it. They become more engaged with those around them and begin to develop more refined motor control.
By four months of age, most babies will:
Between four and six months, babies develop a wide variety of skills with impressive speed. By six months, most babies will:
Between six and nine months, babies usually begin to exhibit more personality and independence.
By nine months, most babies will:
The first year of a baby’s life is the fastest period of growth in the human lifespan. By their first birthday, many parents say their baby feels less like an infant and more like a toddler.
By 12 months, most babies will:
You may have noticed that crawling isn’t on the list. The CDC and API have observed that this behavior varies so widely that it isn’t a reliable developmental indicator. Babies who crawl typically begin anywhere between the ages of six and eleven months – and some start walking without ever learning to crawl. Babies are expected to walk by 18 months.
If you have concerns about your child’s health or development, you should first speak to your child’s doctor. Keeping a log, taking photos, or making videos can help you explain what’s happening and help them evaluate whether something is wrong.
If you suspect your child may have suffered a birth injury, don’t wait — talk to a birth injury lawyer today. An experienced attorney can help you investigate the facts and seek compensation if your child has suffered harm.
The experienced Michigan birth injury lawyers at Sommers Schwartz are dedicated to helping our clients secure the compensation they deserve. Contact us today to learn more and schedule a free consultation.
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Matthew Curtis is a senior shareholder and member of the Board of Directors at Sommers Schwartz, P.C. For the past 30 years, he has successfully litigated complex personal injury and medical malpractice cases throughout Michigan, and across the United States.