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Babies learn many skills during their first year of life. They roll over, crawl, babble, and may say words.
As babies grow, they reach developmental milestones. These are skills that most babies can do at specific ages. If your baby is not growing or developing as you expect, it's normal to be concerned.
A baby may be slow to reach certain milestones. This does not mean that something is wrong. Some babies develop more slowly than others.
But in some cases a baby may have a problem. This could include hearing loss or trouble with speech. Or the baby may have poor muscle tone or trouble learning to crawl or walk.
Your doctor may want to wait and see how your baby develops. He or she may ask you to watch how your baby grows in one area.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Watch closely for changes in your baby's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: September 20, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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