Those of you out there with newborns be sure to get them screened regularly for neurological developmental stages. It's important to monitor their progress physically to confirm the proper neurological progress. It's important you stay on top of this aspect of development so you can catch flaws early and correct them. No one wants to think their child is anything but perfect but the truth is that you have to acknowledge when something isn't right and the sooner you do so the better off the child is. If caught early you can find the proper care and help to decrease the deficit while the child is still moldable, if you wait too long their ability to rehab the deficit is substantially hindered. They are absolute sponges and much like Play Dough in the first 5 years of life, after that they have a foundation of mental and physical competence that is significantly harder to un-train. At the end of the day a birth defect isn't a reflection of your parenting it's just a fact and the sooner you acknowledge its presence the sooner you can seek treatment and provide the child with the life tools needed to be successful in life. We can't be there to take care of them forever so do them a favor and give them the skills they'll need when you're not around to do it for them anymore.
Heres a few things to look for an approximate time you should notice it:
- at 4-6 weeks: optical fixation, primitive reflexes diminish, Co-activation of muscles, Postural activation of phasic muscles, the fencer's stance.
-3 months: when face down they are head up with weight on the elbows and pelvis, Galant reflex and grasp reflex diminish, lateral grasp, foot to foot touching when on their back.
-4.5 months: tripod support (elbow, hip and opposite knee) in prone and grasping object, asymmetrical trunk lengthening.
-5-6 months: rolling (back to front only), grasping across the midline, they push up onto their hands and thighs, hand to foot coordination, most primitive reflexes should be gone at the end of 6 months.
7-9 months: rolling (front to back), quadruped position (hands and knees, 7 months), grasping a toy in quadruped in month 8, crawling by month 9, pincer grip (thumb and forefinger opposition) 9 months.
Hope this helps. For any clarification please don't hesitate to make an appointment and clarify. --Cheers