Reasons for Concern in Five Month Old Infants

It is not generally possible to tell if a young infant’s delay(s) will be of significance to later development. However, by noting these problems early and providing appropriate services the impact of delays may be minimized, skills may be enhanced, and the level of skills may be maintained.  It is important to remember that a child’s medical history can be critical in determining whether a further evaluation or therapy is needed.  A particular delay in development may require a different response depending on the infant’s previous medical and developmental course.  While for children who have no history of health problems, a "wait and see" approach may be appropriate for some delays, in high-risk infants developmental delays generally warrant more immediate attention.

If you notice any of the behaviors listed below, speak to your child’s primary care provider about your concerns.  Your child’s primary care provider can help decide if your baby needs an evaluation by a pediatric audiologist, pediatric ophthalmologist, developmental psychologist, physical/ occupational/ speech therapists, or other specialists.

It may be of concern if by five months corrected age an infant:

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