When Your Baby Doesn’t Seem to Reach Key Milestones

It can be very disturbing to realize that your baby isn’t reaching key milestones on time. Like if your baby fails to sit down on his own when he is expected to – and when other babies of his age have started sitting down on their own. Or if your baby fails to stand or to walk when he is expected to have started doing so (yet other babies of his age have started doing so). It can be very disturbing. You have no way of knowing whether there is a ‘big issue’ with your baby, or if he is just a slow grower, or a ‘late bloomer’ as they are often called.

Comforting yourself

One of the first things you need to do, upon realizing that your baby isn’t reaching key milestones, is to comfort yourself. The idea is to avoid panicking. If you panic, your ability to deal with the situation will be compromised. You comfort yourself by telling yourself that the situation may not be that bad. You need to tell yourself that there is a possibility that your baby is just a late bloomer. And there is also a possibility that the other babies your comparing your baby with are ‘fast growers’. Or even if your baby has an ‘issue’ there is a possibility that it one that will resolve itself (or get resolved) with time… So you just focus on comforting yourself.

Consulting a pediatrician

If your baby delays too much in reaching various milestones, you will need to consult a pediatrician. Then the pediatrician will examine the baby, and tell what the issue is, and what you need to do about it. Consulting a pediatrician can be expensive, if you are paying out of pocket. But if you are employed, and your employer gives health benefits, then chances are that your baby would be covered. If, for instance, you work for a company like Nordstrom, you will realize that, according to the Mynordstrom employee guide, your family – including your baby is probably covered by the health insurance. So you just go to the Mynordstrom employee login page, sign in, and check the extent to which you and your baby are covered. Whatever the cost, it is really important to consult a pediatrician if your baby fails to reach key milestones on time.

Helping your baby to reach the milestones

The pediatrician may advise you that there are some things you need to do, to help your baby reach the milestones. You may be advised to take your baby for certain therapies, or to buy certain medications for the baby, to help him grow in the right manner. The most important thing for you here is to cooperate with the pediatrician, so as to help your baby reach the milestones in a timely manner.