Developmental delays at age 3 – 6 months
Difficulties in eye – hand coordination: for example when the baby does not extend his hand to grasp an object, or does not identify it.
Difficulty in lying on the tummy and raising the head: a difficulty more noticeable at this age.
Babies who don’t try to roll over: rolling usually happens between four months and six months. At this stage we do not expect full rolling over but we do expect to see attempts to do so. If no such attempts are seen, it could indicate a problem that might develop in the future.
Reflexes of balance: when we hold the baby in our arms, his head should remain in the centre, aligned with the midline, and he should be able to hold himself like that. If it doesn’t happen, there may be a problem in his balance system.
Alarm upon hearing noises: it may be the Moro reflex that has not disappeared on time – a situation requiring diagnosis.
Alarm from experiences connected to balance: when we throw the baby in the air as a game and he’s very alarmed – it should not be dismissed as “my baby doesn’t like being tossed in the air” and should be checked to see that there is not problem in the system.
Baby is alarmed and responds with dissatisfaction to different types of touch: for example, doesn’t like being naked, prefers to be only naked, or is alarmed by different types of fabric (a problem that’s also relevant to later ages).
Crying and fussiness intensifies during baby’s contacts with the environment.