Physical development delay or early motor delays are described as when children do not meet the expected and required physical developmental milestones in their first months and years of life. These can be checked as they move and interact in their environment. These delays can be a sign of something more serious, so it is important to know the expected growth in children in order to detect abnormality early.

As your child grows, remember that each child develops at a different pace and the range of normal is quite wide. However, it is helpful to be aware of signs for potential developmental delays in children. These delays are can be lagged in one or more areas of emotional, mental, or physical growth. If a child experiences a delay, early treatment is the best way to help him or her make progress or even to catch up if a child experiences a delay.

The early years of a child’s life are very important phases in determining his or her health and development. Healthy development means that children have all abilities and skills expected, including physical, social, emotional, and cognitive which Proper nutrition, immunization, environment, exercise, and sleep contribute to it. As well as positive parenting practices. Delay in child development can be reaching language, thinking, and motor skills. This article will look into physical development

Developmental Milestones

Are developmental skills such as taking the first step trying to walk, smiling, waving to people, how they play, learn, speak, behave, move, crawling, and walking. Children develop at a different pace, so it’s impossible to tell exactly when a child will learn a given skill. However, the developmental milestones give a general idea of the changes to expect as a child gets older in diverse settings when providing the care that children need to be happy and healthy and to grow and develop well.

Developmental delay may be caused by a variety of factors; the cause is sometimes unknown

  • Heredity
  • Congenital disorder or problem with the pregnancy.
  • Premature birth.
  • Poor nutrition

Physical and Motor Skill Developmental Delays in Children

Motor skill developmental delays may be related to problems associated with movement skills, such as crawling or walking, stand using fingers to grasp an object. Cause includes:

  • Ataxia, a defect in muscle coordination
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Cognitive delays
  • Myopathy, a disease of the muscles
  • Deficiency of micro and macronutrients.


Children’s growth progress at different rates, but an ongoing delay or multiple delays in reaching milestones can be a sign that there may be challenges later in life. Here are some developmental limestones to watch for:

  • By 3 to 4 months

Lift head

Reach for, grasp, or hold objects

Propped up with head support.

Bring objects to his or her mouth

Push down with legs when his or her feet placed on a firm surface

  • 5 months

Roll over in either direction

  • 6 months

Sit up without support


  • By 7 months

Actively reach for objects

  • 9months

Sit up properly

Stand with support

  • 12months

Walk with support

Develop a heel-to-toe walking pattern or walks only on toes

  • 18 months

Walk without support (by 18 months)

Push a wheeled toy

In conclusion, a delay should be reported early and promptly, such as stiffness, floppy muscles, flops head when in a sitting position, has trouble getting objects into the mouth, drags one side of the body while crawling, limited movement of arms and leg. Notice any of this, check with a doctor at eDokita. eDokita is telemedicine with health professionals in providing health services to you at your own convenience.

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