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How to treat developmental delay in children?

Q: A hypothyroid mother got a baby girl who is now 3 yrs old. She is still not walking. The doctor said that it is Delayed milestones. Can you please give the solution.

A:There are several reasons why a 3 year old child has developmental delay. One of the well known causes for this is congenital hypothyroidism. Rarely maternal thyroid illnesses can be transmitted to the infant causing developmental delay. It is not clear from your statement as to what actually the child has. I suggest that the child may be shown to a pediatrician, if possible one who has a special interest in developmental pediatrics. He or she will be able to guide you to the cause and whether it has any relation with the maternal illness during pregnancy.

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