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Our grandson is showing an odd assortment of growth or milestone problems...

For example he is 19 months old and has not grasped how to turn the bottle or sippy cup up to get a drink.. instead he holds it out to one of us to hold it for him. Another is he does not wave "bye" at all. He does clap though. Does not talk, although he does "jargon". Doesn't climb onto the couch, or even try. He drools excessively, keeping his mouth "open" a lot of the time. Does not point, although just recently he started to hold his whole hand in the direction of what he wants. No kisses or hugs, although he likes kisses and hugs. Just don't know if these are signs of his mother using drugs or alcohol during pregnancy or something else? He also shows some rather poor balance.

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Asked by whytfrog at 1:14 AM on Apr. 8, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Check to see if your city has a birth to three program ( I think they are nationwide but may have different names). They can do an evaluation for free and let you know if he needs any services or therapy.

    Answer by BlooBird at 1:19 AM on Apr. 8, 2010

  • At the local recourse center you should be able to find out. ^

    Answer by jenae_gist at 1:43 AM on Apr. 8, 2010

  • Resource**

    Answer by jenae_gist at 1:44 AM on Apr. 8, 2010

  • those seem like signs of mild retardation. this may or may not be a result of neglect in the womb. there are a number of factors that can cause mild retardation, which is the hardest t detect because the babies seem normal when they are born. it could be a result of lack of oxygen during birth as well...he should live a healthy normal life though and will be able to take care of himself

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:45 AM on Apr. 8, 2010

  • He doesn't sound that bad to me. Some kids develop slow. Keeping his mouth open could be a result of bottle feeding, pacifier use, and thumb sucking. My 18 mo grandson doesn't talk much and isn't doing much more. He says up. He won't ride on anything like riding toys, he screams. He doesn't hug or kiss. He gets on the couch and can run. I got him a new sippy cup and he can't figure it out.


    Answer by Gailll at 2:04 AM on Apr. 8, 2010

  • there is something wrong there...i would do something...not quite sure to his parents..

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:03 AM on Apr. 8, 2010

  • Google early intervention and your area, or call a local special needs organization to find out who in your area does developmental evaluations for free. It will be a county/state organization that runs it. Once you get a developmental evaluation they will be able to pinpoint any delayed areas and begin therapy on those areas, if there are any. Whatever you do, make sure you take good care of yourself! It sounds like there may be some delays if there are, your grandson, and his parents, are going to need you more than ever.

    Answer by missanc at 8:21 AM on Apr. 8, 2010

  • Please visit this CDC website to review the milestones. Consult with the childs pediatrician if possible. Early intervention is very important if there is indeed a problem.

    Answer by TessaBianca at 8:37 AM on Apr. 8, 2010

  • Something isn't right. Talk to his pediatrician immediately about what's going on and discuss early intervention therapy.

    Answer by Bethsunshine at 10:05 AM on Apr. 8, 2010

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