What are developmental milestones for a baby and why can they be important? More than likely, you have heard the term developmental milestones or progress during a baby’s well check up visits. Developmental milestones are essentially check points of growth for a baby. They can measure both physical and behavioral aspects of development. With that said, when a traumatic brain injury like HIE is present, certain delays might be experienced by the child. It is important for parents to speak with their child’s doctor regarding these delays.

What are Developmental Milestones?

Developmental milestones measure a host of markers for a child as they age. For example, physical development will be measured, along with language development. In addition to these categories, thinking, or cognitive skills will be assessed along with social-emotional development. All these factors, once put together, can create a profile for a child’s development. One thing that must be remembered with all of this is that there will not be one single, or perfect list for developmental milestones.

In addition, no two children will development at the precise time. As a result, the “world will not end for your child” if they do not hit every single aspect of a milestone at a certain time. If there are concerns, it is best to speak with your child’s doctor about their specific set of circumstances.  

HIE & Developmental Milestones…

Because HIE is a type of traumatic brain injury, the diagnosis can impact how a baby develops. As a result, it is a good idea to find out early on what area, or areas, of the brain have been impacted by the injury. Knowing this can help parents begin to understand some of the challenges their baby might face in the future. For example, if the area of the brain that controls speech, or motor functions is injured, delays in these areas might be present.

One more thing before we conclude, parents must remember that children are resilient in many aspects. It is important to support them and help them live the best life possible.

Thanks for reading, from your friends at HIE Resource Place.