What are signs of abnormal development in a 6 month old child?
Q: My son is 6 months old and has been, thus far, achieving his milestones in time. Two days after he was born (by caesarean section), the nursing staff in the nursing home mentioned to my wife that our son had breathing difficulties immediately after birth and apparently, it was quite a while before he had taken in his first breath, assisted by oxygen and suction tube administered by the neonatologist. When we sought information from the Obstetrician and the Neonatologist, independently, both were unanimous in saying that although our child had indeed had a respiratory problem on birth, it was a temporary trauma faced by the child after birth (on coming out of the cosy comfort of his mothers womb into a big, bad world was how the Obstetrician had put it!), which would not be of any further significance in the future. The matter ended there. Yesterday, we had taken our child to another paediatrician for an unrelated problem. He examined our child and asked us if there had been any delay in his taking the first breath after birth, although adding almost in the same breath that there was no problem with our child. This has caused my wife and me some concern since we are not quite sure as to what observation may have prompted the good doctor into asking such a question. My question is, what may be the implications of a delayed first breath and how can any such resulting problem manifest in a child? What may be the red flags that we, as parents, should be aware of?
A:Red flags for 6 month old child are: