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These ‘Red Flag Signs’ for early childhood detection of developmental delay are taken from Centre For Disease Control(CDC), Atlanta. 

At 2 Months:

o Doesn’t respond to loud sounds 

o Doesn’t watch things as they move 

o Doesn’t smile at people 

o Doesn’t bring hands to mouth 

o Can’t hold head up when pushing up when on tummy


At 4 months:

o Doesn’t watch things as they move 

o Doesn’t smile at people 

o Can’t hold head steady 

o Doesn’t coo or make sounds 

o Doesn’t bring things to mouth 

o Doesn’t push down with legs when feet are placed on a hard surface 

o Has trouble moving one or both eyes in all directions


At 6 months:

o Doesn’t try to get things that are in reach 

o Shows no affection for caregivers 

o Doesn’t respond to sounds around him 

o Has difficulty getting things to mouth 

o Doesn’t make vowel sounds (“ah”, “eh”, “oh”) 

o Doesn’t roll over in either direction 

o Doesn’t laugh or make squealing sounds 

o Seems very stiff, with tight muscles 

o Seems very floppy, like a rag doll


At 9 months:

o Doesn’t bear weight on legs with support 

o Doesn’t sit with help 

o Doesn’t babble (“mama”, “baba”, “dada”) 

o Doesn’t play any games involving back-and-forth play 

o Doesn’t respond to own name 

o Doesn’t seem to recognize familiar people 

o Doesn’t look where you point 

o Doesn’t transfer toys from one hand to the other


At 1 year:

o Doesn’t crawl 

o Can’t stand when supported 

o Doesn’t search for things that she sees you hide. 

o Doesn’t say single words like “mama” or “dada” 

o Doesn’t learn gestures like waving or shaking head 

o Doesn’t point to things 

o Loses skills he once had


At 18 months:

o Doesn’t point to show things to others 

o Can’t walk 

o Doesn’t know what familiar things are for 

o Doesn’t copy others 

o Doesn’t gain new words 

o Doesn’t have at least 6 words 

o Doesn’t notice or mind when a caregiver leaves or returns 

o Loses skills he once had


At 2 years:

o Doesn’t use 2-word phrases (for example, “drink milk”) 

o Doesn’t know what to do with common things, like a brush, phone, fork, spoon 

o Doesn’t copy actions and words 

o Doesn’t follow simple instructions 

o Doesn’t walk steadily 

o Loses skills she once had


At 3 years:

o Falls down a lot or has trouble with stairs 

o Drools or has very unclear speech 

o Can’t work simple toys (such as peg boards, simple puzzles, turning handle) 

o Doesn’t speak in sentences 

o Doesn’t understand simple instructions 

o Doesn’t play pretend or make-believe 

o Doesn’t want to play with other children or with toys 

o Doesn’t make eye contact 

o Loses skills he once had

Posted On: 01/07/2018

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