While rare, complications can arise during birth that may lead to injuries sustained by the child. Some injuries are unavoidable, but others might arise due to negligence or poor decision-making by the professionals delivering the baby.
When a birth injury occurs, it is not immediately apparent how the condition might affect your child in the long term. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide a checklist of developmental milestones that you and your baby’s medical provider can use to confirm if their development is proceeding after a birth injury.
Six months after birth, your child should show signs of recognition toward familiar people beyond just the parents. They should also start to understand how to get their favorite toys and deny food when they are no longer hungry. Your child might start communicating by making sounds and responding to you at this stage.
Most children refer to parents with a consistent name by the one-year mark, usually “mama” or “dada.” You should also expect signs of advanced cognitive development, such as searching for items you hide beneath a blanket or other simple places.
By age three, many children tend to understand more complicated social and communicative situations. Your child might notice and join other kids at play and should be able to respond with their first name when asked.
You have every right to take action against negligent doctors who might be responsible for birth injuries incurred by your child, especially if they cause developmental issues down the line. It is important to remain calm and consult with a trusted medical provider or therapist when your child shows delayed development.