Some children develop more slowly than other children. For example, they may:
- have a delay in speech
- show signs of a hearing difficulty
- take longer to reach physical milestones, like sitting up or walking
- struggle at school
Often there is nothing to be worried about. Some children may catch up in their own time.
Sometimes, these early signs may mean your child has a difficulty or disability of some kind.
A disability can range from very mild to severe.
Get advice from a healthcare professional
If you think that your child may have a delay or a disability, make an appointment to see your GP or public health nurse as soon as possible.
If they are concerned they can refer you to the service your child needs.