Wednesday, July 11, 2012


Each baby's rate of development is unique, with some babies able to smile or walk sooner or later than others. However, there are certain skill sets, known as "developmental milestones", that all babies should be able to reach within specified age ranges. Delayed milestones occur when children have not reached these milestones by the expected time period. For example, if the normal range for learning to walk is between 9 and 15 months, and a 20-month-old child has still not begun walking, this would be considered a developmental delay. 

Developmental milestones of Baby:

What are the risk factors for developmental delay?

Risk factors for developmental problems fall into two categories:

  • Genetic risks: Down syndrome
  • Environmental risks: Exposure to harmful agents either before or after birth; or poor maternal nutrition or infections like Measles, HIV passed from mother to baby ; or exposure to toxins like lead, drugs, etc. 
Risk factors have a cumulative impact upon development. As the number of risk factors increases, a child is put at greater risk for delayed milestones. 

What are the warning signs of delayed milestones?

There are several general "warning signs" of possible delay. These include:

  • Behavioral Warning Signs
    • Does not pay attention or stay focused on an activity for as long a time as other children of the same age
    • Focuses on unusual objects for long periods of time; enjoys this more than interacting with others
    • Avoids or rarely makes eye contact with others
    • Gets unusually frustrated when trying to do simple tasks that most children of the same age can do
    • Shows aggressive behaviors and acting out and appears to be very stubborn compared with other children
    • Displays violent behaviors on a daily basis
    • Stares into space, rocks body, or talks to self more often than other children of the same age
    • Does not seek love and approval from a caregiver or parent

  • Gross Motor Warning Signs
    • Has stiff arms and/or legs
    • Has a floppy or limp body posture compared to other children of the same age
    • Uses one side of body more than the other
    • Has a very clumsy manner compared with other children of the same age

  • Vision Warning Signs
    • Seems to have difficulty following objects or people with her eyes
    • Rubs eyes frequently
    • Turns, tilts or holds head in a strained or unusual position when trying to look at an object
    • Seems to have difficulty finding or picking up small objects dropped on the floor (after the age of 12 months)
    • Has difficulty focusing or making eye contact
    • Closes one eye when trying to look at distant objects
    • Eyes appear to be crossed or turned
    • Brings objects too close to eyes to see
    • One or both eyes appear abnormal in size or coloring

  • Hearing Warning Signs
    • Talks in a very loud or very soft voice
    • Seems to have difficulty responding when called from across the room, even when it is for something interesting
    • Turns body so that the same ear is always turned toward sound
    • Has difficulty understanding what has been said or following directions after once she has turned 3 years of age
    • Doesn't startle to loud noises
    • Ears appear small or deformed
    • Fails to develop sounds or words that would be appropriate at her age

What are early intervention services?
Early intervention services include a variety of different resources and programs that provide support to families to enhance a child's development. These services are specifically tailored to meet a child's individual needs. Services include:

  • Ayurvedic treatments
  • Panchkarma therapies
  • Yoga and Pranayama
  • Counselling the family
  • Nursing services
  • Diet therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech therapy

Ayurvedic treatments:

Delayed milestones can be treated using medicines like:
  • Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus)
  • Bala (Sida cordifolia)
  • Naagbala (Grewia hirsuta)
  • Suvarnaprashan
  • Laghu-Malini-Vasant
  • Madhu-Malini-Vasant
  • Suvarna-Malini-Vasant
  • Abhrak bhasma
  • Kumarkalyan ras
  • Kalyanak ghritam
  • Ashwagandhaarishta
  • Saraswatarishta (Suvarnayukta)
  • Jatamansi faant, etc.

Panchkarma therapies:
  • Abhyanga (massage) - with Chandanbalalakshadi tailam, Balashwagandha tailam, etc.
  • Shiropichu- with Almond oil, Brahmi tailam, etc.
  • Shirodhara- with Brahmi tailam, Vacha tailam, etc.
  • Nasya- with Panchendriya vardhan tailam, Anu tailam, etc.
  • Basti- Tiktakshir Basti/ Majja Basti/ Mustadi yapan basti

Baby should be given hygienic, healthy, light and nutritious food instead of giving outside, heavy, oily and spicy food.

Thus, delayed milestones like delayed speech, improper walking , excessive salivation etc. can be cured with Ayurveda.

VishwaCARE is specialized in Child Care and cures all such health problems.

(P.S: As every human being is different according to Ayurveda, all have different cures. So, kindly consult us or an Ayurvedic doctor before taking any herbal medicines.)

        This post is written by Dr.Jaina Patwa who is a Chief Ayurvedic practitioner based at Vile Parle, Mumbai, India. She is available as an online Ayurvedic Consultant on Skype. Skype ID - vishwacare

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  2. Dr
    My child 8 months old is showing sign of milestone delay , he is not responding to sounds, Whereas he smiles etc., What should we do , will he become healed ...kindly let me know

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