Developmental Delay

Baby Developmental Delay, Physiotherapy treatment for baby with neurological disorders in London
Baby Neuro physiotherapist

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If your child is diagnosed with a neurological disorder, physiotherapy can help a lot to improve his condition. Our specialised neuro physiotherapists in London will make a full assessment of the child’s strengths and weaknesses in order to develop with you an effective rehabilitation plan that will help improvement on a long term basis. The aim is to help your child achieve full potential through a fun, enjoyable and educational rehabilitation. It is very important for the rehabilitation to include fun games and not to be considered as work, so the child can learn faster and be more attentive during the sessions. Our neuro-physiotherapist in London will show you the exercises and games to do with your child in-between sessions, as the parental involvement is very important for the rehabilitation to be successful.

The Neuro physiotherapist at Excellence Physiotherapy London have years of experience working with babies and children with developmental delay or neurological disorders. We offer home visits in London, in order for the treatment to take place in the child’s familiar environment, so they can see the sessions as fun and participate as much as possible. However, if you prefer for your child to be seen at the practice, we offer sessions at the Light Centre practice Belgravia near Victoria station.

What are the normal baby’s Milestones?

During their first three years of life, children have to learn a variety of new skills as part of their neuromotor development. This development happens in stages, and although it varies from baby to baby, the development follows a broad schedule called Developmental Milestones. Different children might learn the same skill months apart, and this is still considered normal in terms of schedule. It is only when these skills don’t develop as expected, that we should be concerned about the baby’s development.

The general schedule is as below

A 3 months old baby should be able to:

  • Raise their head while lying on their stomach
  • Hold their head up when picked up from lying on their back
  • Open and close their hands
  • Bring their hands to their mouth
  • Reach and grasp toys

At 7 months, baby should be able to:

  • Roll over to their back or their belly on both sides
  • Pull their self to sit down
  • Sit when assisted
  • Bring objects to their mouth
  • Push down with their legs when their feet are placed on a firm surface

At 12 months, a baby should be able to:

  • Sit unaided
  • Crawl
  • Use their hands for support when toppling forward or sideways
  • Stand with support
  • Move from one position to another
  • Walk aided by holding on to objects or being held by someone

A 24 months, a child should be able to:

  • Stand unaided
  • Walk unaided
  • Walk up and down stairs holding on
  • Kick or throw a ball

At 36 months, a child should be able to:

  • Walk and climb stairs without falling frequently
  • Manipulate small objects
  • Run
  • Climb on furniture without difficulty

How do I know if my baby has developmental delay?

If your child isn’t able to perform the activities described above within the given timeframe, it is important that you consult your doctor or our physiotherapist to ensure that you child doesn’t have any neurological problems. The doctor or our physiotherapist will be able to perform a complete check-up and give you a diagnosis.

What should I do if my baby doesn’t walk or crawl?

If neurological disorders have been ruled out, physiotherapy can help treat developmental delay and help the child meet the Developmental Milestones. Treatment will help them improve their sensory and motor skills through different fun exercises and games, focusing on improving balance, strength, flexibility and endurance.

We are covered by most health insurances and are Bupa recognised and axa ppp recognised

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