The changes babies and toddlers go through are made up of different skills, like walking and talking. These skills, or Developmental Milestones, usually happen by certain ages.
Although each child is special and develops at his or her own pace, watching to see when your child reaches these milestones can help you know how your child is developing.
Did your baby have an extended stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) due to complications?
Do you have questions about your baby's future developmental needs?
"Infants born too early are at higher risk than full-term babies for medical and developmental complications, which can affect the growing baby and family well into childhood."
- New Perspectives on Premature Infants and their Parents, Zero to Three - November 2003, Vol. 24 No. 2
Premature infants often require special care after leaving the NICU. Early intervention programs pay careful attention to your baby\'s ability to eat, sleep, make eye contact, and respond to your love and attention. Behaviors to watch for as your infant plays and interacts:
When I need a break, I may:
To help me calm down and rest, you may:
To calm myself, I may:
When I want to play again, I may:
A hearing screening is very important to your baby. Hearing loss happens to 3 out of 1,000 babies. It is one of the most common birth disabilities. Language learning starts at birth. If your baby can't, hear learning language is hard. A hearing test lets you catch the problem early. If you find hearing loss early, your baby can get help. If you start before your baby is 6 months old, he or she may learn language like babies who do not have hearing loss.
Texas Early Detection Hearing & Intervention (TEDHI) Protocol
To ensure that all infants and toddlers with hearing loss are identified as early as possible and provided with timely and appropriate audiological, educational, and medical intervention, an early hearing detection and intervention (EHDI) program is essential. Here are some forms to assist in detection: