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Why doesn't my 2-year-old son sit and walk on his own?

Q: My 2-year-old son does not sit independently and has not started walking. His head is not in control. He has also not started talking properly. He speaks only small words. He is very clever and has a good memory. If we teach him anything once, he can recall the same even after a month. But, then why is his development delayed?

A:Your description indicates that there is a Global Developmental Delay in your child. A child of 2 years should be able to go up the stairs and combine 2 words while speaking. More important than the medicines is an urgent need for Evaluation. It is very important you consult a child neurologist and get him examined. The cause for the disability needs to be determined. He should further be undergoing intensive occupational therapy and exercises and other intervention programmes.

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