My daughter is 8 months old and is not developing physically. She is not even able to hold her head up. My family physician is also a homeopath and he said he's never seen this before but maybe it is a vitamin deficiency. He referred us to a doctor whom he trusts and this doctor said it is most likely not a vitamin deficiency but something more serious but he doesn't know what. I'm so scared for my daughter. We are now scheduled to see a neuropathic pediatrician. I'm just wondering if anyone has had a baby that was this delayed but turned out okay and what you did to correct the development. Any advice appreciated. Thanks.
Each state has an early intervention program to help evaluate and give physial therapy to developmentally delayed kids, regardless of the cause. It can help your daughter "catch up" or help longer term, and this is how she'll get access to future help after she starts school, if she needs it. It's free. Ask your doctor or call your hospital and talk to the NICU or social worker. Lots of preemie kids use EI. There a lot of conditions that can be helped with early aggressive help, so don't let anyone convince you to just wait. If you're worried about her, pursue it!
Depending on where you live, you might consider getting her evaluated at the closest children's hospital where you could more easily access a number of pediatric specialists.
I have a friend whose first son had 'low muscle tone'. I live in Scotland and she's in the States, so I don't know all of the ins and outs of when he did what, etc., but I do know that he was quite late in walking - close to two years old before he was walking on his own.
When I last saw him, he was 28 months old and still quite clumsy, etc. on his feet...I think perhaps the low muscle tone diagnosis came because of delays in holding up his head, sitting, etc.
He has received intensive physical therapy for over 2 years (he's 3+ now), and he's doing well. Very sweet, well adjusted, intelligent child. He is still a bit on the slow side physically, and will probably never be a star athlete, but he's getting there.
Clarity has given you good advice...I would have your daughter evaluated and get her into physical therapy. At 8 months, she should be holding up her head.
I know it's scary, but it's amazing what physical therapy can do for kids.
I also have a friend who's daughter has low muscle tone. She has had many developmental delays, but at 3 she is doing well. She has had extensive therapy since she was 6 mos. old or so, and now just attendes a special ed early childhood class at the public grade school.
She has been evaluated by everyone under the sun and no one has ever been able to give her parents a reason or a name for her delays. Her chromosomes are normal, by the way, but doctors suspect it is something genetic.