Looking at these 7 early childhood signs may help you identify neurodevelopmental disorders in your child…

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How can I know whether my child is suffering from neurodevelopmental issues?

What are the early signs of neurodevelopmental disorders?

Neurodevelopmental disorders have a variety of signs and symptoms. Each disorder comes with a set of specific symptoms based on diagnostic criteria. Identifying or diagnosing a particular disorder is the work of a professional.

As a common man, you can also assess primarily whether there are any issues with your child by knowing the common and early signs of any neurodevelopmental disorder in early childhood starting from 6 months to 3 or 4 years of age.

Let’s know these 7 early childhood signs of neurodevelopmental disorders in your child…

1) No Babbling

Babbling within 6-9 months of age is a key sign of normal development.

When we interact with a baby in this phase, they generally try to communicate in their language, known as babbling.

If you notice your baby is not responding to your vocal sounds after many trials, then you may keep a close eye on his/her development.

2) No Eye Tracking

Between 3-6 months of age, a baby should be able to track objects or lights as they move. If you shift a toy from one side to another, they should be able to follow it.

If your baby is not tracking objects, toys, or lights, it might be an alarming sign of neurodevelopmental issues.

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3) Not responding to any sounds

By the age of 3 months, the baby should respond to loud sounds or your voice.

Whenever there is any sound of a calling bell, grinder, mobile, your voice, etc. the baby must respond by either babbling or eye tracking.

If your baby is not responding to any sounds, consult with a child specialist or developmental specialist as early as possible.

This may be a sign of hearing problems or neurodevelopmental issues such as autism or mental retardation.

4) Not following any instruction

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By the age of 9-12 months, the baby must respond to your instructions.

He/she may follow simple instructions like “NO” to more complex instructions.

The baby must be able to interrupt or stop his/her activities by your instructions many times.

Not responding to a few of your instructions may not be a worrying sign.

But if the baby is not responding most of the time, you should be prepared to notice other combined signs of neurodevelopmental issues.

5) Lack of interest in socialization

Socialization is an essential skill in the development process of a baby.

The baby must give smiles by the age of 5-7 months when you smile by looking at his/her face, is the first sign of it.

After 6 months onward the baby must show eagerness to be picked up by parents or relatives.

By the age of 9 months onward, the baby must be happy to see other kids playing near him/her.

By the age of 1 year, the baby should show interest in interacting with others in their language.

If by the age of 1 year, your baby doesn’t show these signs, then it is time to check for neurodevelopmental issues.

6) Prefer to be in his/her zone

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Most babies prefer to play when others are around them.

By the age of 1 year, they also notice the actions of people around them and try to follow them afterward.

If your baby is not noticing the people around them or prefers to stay in their zone, avoiding interactions with others, you should closely monitor their development.

7) Aggressiveness or irritation on high

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Being aggressive or irritated is a common sign for every child.

Because by this age they couldn’t understand what is right or wrong.

If anything doesn’t happen according to them, they may react aggressively or may irritate highly.

It’s a normal sign of development if this happens a few times per day.

But if your baby is showing these behaviors continuously and regularly in everything, then it may be an alarming sign to check and assess.

Final thought

Neurodevelopmental disorders are non-curable.

Only early intervention could make them 80-90% normal.

Knowing about the early symptoms and intervening appropriately at the right time could give more positive results.

Always prefer to consult with a developmental specialist or visit an early intervention center for proper assessment of your child.

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