What Causes Developmental Delay?

Developmental delay can have many different causes, such as genetic causes (like Down Syndrome), or complications of pregnancy and birth (like prematurity or infections). Often, however, the specific cause is unknown. Some causes can be easily reversed if caught early enough, such as hearing loss from chronic ear infections.

Can Developmental Delay Be Prevented?

Since there are so many different conditions that can lead to developmental delays, there isn’t one “right way” to prevent developmental delay. What’s important is to be aware of when your baby should be reaching developmental milestones and to consult your pediatrician if you think there may be a problem. Early intervention is key in helping your child overcome any developmental delays.

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American Academy of Pediatrics

Developmental Delay Resources (DDR)

First Signs 

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
Learn the Signs. Act Early (with checklists for Developmental Milestones)


National Center of Medical Home Initiatives for Children with Special Needs

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