Report: Evaluate children's motor skill development

May 27, 2013 1:02:22 PM PDT
Every child is unique in developing motor skills which involve using muscles and include sitting, walking and speaking, but parents and doctors are now being urged to know the signs of what might be an obvious delay.

The report published in Pediatrics says doctors need to thoroughly evaluate young children with suggested screenings at 9, 18 and 30 months of age, and again at four years of age.

Treating any developmental issues early on may ultimately improve the child's ability to catch up.

For example, a 9-month-old baby should be able to roll to both sides, sit well without support and grasp objects.

At 18 months, that child should be able to walk, sit and stand on its own.

Again, if a baby is several months off experts say there is no need to get overly concerned, but do mention any observations to the pediatrician.