It may be a good idea to purchase a 'Bebe Pod which is a seat that will assist baby's sitting and development.you may be overly concerned like any mom , 7 months is still early for some baby's.I think that some words with your pediatrician may be a good idea to allay your fears , or advise you on early intervention programs if he thinks it is needed ..
Has your child been evaluated for hypotonia (low tone muscles)? If needed take him to a neurologist, they'll evaluate him.
You can also be evaluated for therapy through the Early Intervention Program, call 1-800-961-4226 for a location near you. This is a government program, you pay a small fee based on your income. They will evaluate your child to see if he qualifies. They won't give you a diagnosis but they'll teach you exercises to do with him.
Our daughter was actually just diagnosed with mild hypotonia, and I would say that that is definitely one of the first things he should be evaluated for.
Was she able to reach for toys, and does she put toys in her mouth?
How old is she ? Thanks
I should mention that he does smile and laugh and track objects with his eyes, but his motor skills seem like they are not working.
My son was diagnosed with hypotonia of the abdomen and legs at 12 months old (no problems with the upper body/mouth). He sat alone at 13 months, crawled at 15 months and walked at 19 months. He is now 20 months old and his hypotonia problems will soon be all forgotten
Unfortunately we just learned that he has a pancreatic problem (he has not had normal stools in months) and very probably has cystic fibrosis, waiting for more tests. His hypotonia would be a side effect of his pancreas problems.
Don't get scarred though, most hypotonia problems are not related to any major problems, his therapist told us she has seen many babies with benigne hypotonia.
Yes, hypotonia is not uncommon and they can do much to help it. My son was delayed in some of the things you mention as well and has sensory integration disorder which is a delay of the nervous system. Motor planning is involved. I want to tell you though that through therapy, his issues are now hard to even notice at the age of eight years old. I so recommend early intervention.
If you live in the states, your child falls into the birth to 3 year old early intervention program. You need a referrel either from your doctor or your children's hospital in the area. Easy to do and then a team will come to you to assess and evaluate your child. If physical therapy is needed, then your child will have it, speech, occupational therapy etc. It is by law that this is provided and fees start at 0 dollars based on your financial status. Once your child is 3, your local public school system takes over the early intervention program. I so recommend pursuing this. If nothing is wrong, they will tell you. Otherwise, they work on correcting the problem. good luck
Does he have a head lag?
What has his pediatrician said? Milestones are so hard because it is so individualized, and most pediatricians tend to take a wait and see approach. I agree with having him evaluated by early intervention if you are concerned. Mom knows best.
But the fact that he is tracking and smiling and social is really a good sign! This is also not meant to be taken offensively, but is he a chunker? I'm being serious, because larger babies can sometimes have a harder time rolling and sitting....it's a gravity thing. :) I do hope you have your worries alleviated and that everything is just fine with your little guy. Good luck!
His head does droop down maybe 50% of the time, but then the other 50% he can look up. It seems that he can't hold his focus for very long. Any thoughts?
Talk to your pediatrician about this. Some kids do have weak muscles and there is a name for it. They do physical therapy to stregnthen the muscles. good luck