What you can do

What to do if you are worried

All parents want the best for their children and sometimes worry about them. While our worries are often unfounded, it is important to take your concerns seriously. You are your child’s best expert.

If you are concerned about your baby and their development, then do listen to that concern.

Think about the way you interact with your baby

You might be concerned because you feel that your baby is not responding to you. Every baby has its own unique identity, from what they find comforting to what they find scary or agitating. Your baby’s developing character may be very different to their siblings or to other babies you know.

Watching the signals that they give you to share their feelings will help you to understand what interactions make your baby feel most comfortable.

Go back to basics. Try turning off the television or electronic mobiles, use your voice to sing to them instead. Play simple, gentle games like peek-a-boo or recite nursery rhymes. Some babies are more sensitive and withdraw if they feel overwhelmed.

Identify your concerns

Try to identify what is causing your concern. Take time to watch your baby and note when you feel most worried. Look for some of the early signs of autism.

Book an appointment with your doctor or paediatrician

If you remain concerned then it is important to share your concerns with your doctor or paediatrician.

Explore all the options that might be causing your baby to show signs of delayed development. Make sure that your infant is checked for their hearing, sight and speech to rule out any language impediments.

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