Begin every step with the excellence of Ayurveda and don’t let developmental delays hold you back. Understand your baby’s developmental milestones with the help of an Ayurvedic developmental paediatrician. Identify, support, and get rid of developmental delay through Ayurvedic multidimensional approach.
Global Developmental Delay in Young Children
Development delay is a well-known term in our community due to its highest prevalence. Developmental delay denotes slow progression of development in the child. It refers to a broad category of illnesses where children exhibit a considerable delay in their gross motor, fine motor, language, and social domains.
Importance Of Growth And Development In A Growing Child
Growth and development is an essential part of childhood that distinguishes one from adult individuals. It starts from the period of conception and ends at maturity. Proper growth and development provide positive attributes in childhood in terms of physical, mental, and social aspects. It helps to create qualitative and quantitative changes in the overall health of the child for their functional optimacy.
Causes of Developmental Delay
- 01 Genetic factors
- 02 Environmental factors
- 03 Toxins
- 04 Malnutrition
- 05 Intrauterine infections
- 06 Lack of oxygen during delivery
- 01 Delayed milestones like sitting up, walking, crawling
- 02 Gross motor and fine motor delays
- 03 Limited reasoning skills
- 04 Poor social skills
- 05 Poor in decision making
- 06 Communication problems
Warning Signs of Developmental Delay
- Poor head control while holding
- The child over extends back and neck during holding
- Scissoring gait
- Feeding difficulties
- No response to noise, bright lights
- Absence of social smile
- Difficulty in moving eyes or following moving objects
- Poor grasp or reach for toys even at 4-5 months
- Poor neck control
- Poor hand-mouth coordination
- Inability to roll over
- Difficulty in interaction
- Inability to sit upright, even with support
- Unable to sit upright without assistance
- Poor hand-mouth coordination
- Limited ability to bear weight on legs
- Cannot make sounds
- Unable to stand without support
- Difficulty in crawling
- Lacks the ability to babble
- Difficulty in pointing to objects
- Cannot walk at 18 months of age
- Toe walking
- Reduced growth rate
- Does not speak at least 5 meaningful words
- Cannot follow simple instructions
- Cannot use the stairs as in fall off frequently
- Drools frequently
- Is not able to speak simple short sentences
Role of Ayurveda in Developmental Delay
Garbha poorva kaarana ( causes come from before conception), garbhakaleena kaarana ( causes developed during pregnancy ) prasavottara kaarana ( causes developed after delivery) are the prime factors that lead to developmental diseases of childhood. Ayurveda advises parents should do physical as well as mental cleansing through Ayurvedic bio-purificatory methods like panchakarma before conception and follow a proper diet regimen during pregnancy to avoid such developmental issues in a preventive manner.
Sanjeevanam way of approach
These causative factors will lead to Kapha dosha vitiation and further hamper Agni (digestive fire) in the newborn life. Low digestive fire plays a role in defective absorption and assimilation which will lead to Aama formulation (metabolic waste). This Aama along with weak digestive fire leads to several developmental issues in childhood.
Sanjevanam way of treatment gives preliminary importance to digestive correction as well as Aama nirharana (removal of metabolic wastes ) through bio purificatory principles of Ayurveda (Pancha karma). It helps to cleanse the channels of the child. Certain specially formulated procedure-based therapies enhance overall health and quality of life. Supportive treatments like physiotherapy, diet modifications, speech therapy, yogic practices, and counselling are provided according to the patient’s condition.
How diet is important over Developmental milestones
Toddlerhood is referred to as a period in which major cognitive, motor, social, and emotional milestones are developed. It’s based on several factors, nutrition is one among them.
Inadequate intake of main macronutrients such as fat, proteins, fibres, carbohydrates, and micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals affects in child development. This Macro as well micronutrients helps in brain growth, and cognitive as well as neurological process in the toddler age
Frequently Asked Questions
When to See a Doctor for Developmental Delay ?
With help of developmental Red flags ( warning signs for early detection), we can decide to consult with a doctor. Baby not responding to cooing, Baby not responding to hand movements., reduced eye contact. not smiling, not sitting without support, and no walking after one year are some of the developmental red flags.
Types of Developmental Delay ?
Cognitive delays, motor delays, social-emotional-behaviour delays, and speech delays are common developmental delays in childhood. Learning difficulties, speech delays, walking difficulty, difficulty in movement and coordination, speech delay, hyperactivity, inattention, and poor eye contact is commonly associated with developmental delays
Risks of Developmental Delay
- Genetic factors
- Environmental factors
- Intrauterine infections
- Lack of oxygen during delivery
At what age can you diagnose developmental delay
From 6 months onwards we can asses our child’s developmental milestones based on gross motor, Fine Motor, Social, and Language milestones.
Is ADHD a Developmental Delay
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most controversial disorders in child development. These constraints in self-regulation denote a delay in development rather than a halt in development. It means, people diagnosed with ADHD will always be improving, but they will always be behind their same-aged
Therapies for Developmental Delays
Ayurvedic bio-purificatory measures and procedure-based therapies ensure quality improvement in gross motor, fine motor, and cognitive skills. Digestive correction as well as Aaama nirharana (removal of metabolic wastes ) through Biopurificatory principles of Ayurveda (Pancha karma) are the key principles that contribute to positive outcomes in developmental delays. It helps to cleanse the channels of the child. Certain specially formulated procedure-based therapies enhance overall health and quality of life. Supportive treatments like physiotherapy, diet modifications, speech therapy, yogic practices, and counselling help to add on benefits.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Global Developmental Delay in Kerala
Sanjevanam way of treatment gives preliminary importance to digestive correction as well as Aama nirharana (removal of metabolic wastes ) through bio purificatory principles of Ayurveda (Pancha karma). Certain specially formulated procedure-based therapies enhance overall health and quality of life. Supportive treatments like physiotherapy, diet modifications, speech therapy, yogic practices, and counselling are provided according to the patient’s condition.
How to help a child with global developmental delay
Ayurveda with a multidisciplinary treatment approach ensures an improved quality of life for children with developmental delay. Sanjeevanam Ayurveda Hospital, Kakkanad, Kochi has a complete cure and care-based multidimensional approach to developmental delays. It helps to increase the quality of life as well as neurological and growth processes.
Yoga in Developmental Delay
Practise Yoga helps in the structural alignment of the spinal column, improves flexibility, and strengthens the muscles. Helps to purify the digestive system, lymphatic, cardiovascular, and pulmonary systems. It helps to nourish the brain cells which in turn increases mental clarity as well as emotional stability.
At what age can you diagnose developmental delay
Assessment of a child’s developmental milestones in terms of gross motor skills, fine motor skills, social skills, and language skills can be made starting from 6 months of age.