Allergies and developmental delays?

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Registered: 08-03-2007
Allergies and developmental delays?
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Mon, 04-28-2008 - 1:50pm

Greetings. I have just started visiting your site, as I suspected my son may be mildly developmentally delayed. He is 1 year old and is yet to walk, sit up on his own, or say his first word.


My husband just took DS to the ped. for his 1 year appointment, and the dr. verified that DS was functioning at a 10 month old level. However, according to DH, the dr. did not seem concerned and said that children with severe allergies often take longer to develop. DS was tested for allergies a month ago and has severe food allergies, and also enviromental allergies to cats and dust, and we suspect seasonal allergies as well. He is currently on Zyrtec for those.


I was wondering if anyone on this board knows why allergies might delay development. I wasn't the one in the doctor's office so I wasn't able to ask the question. I thought maybe the ladies on this board might be knowledgeable in this area.


Also, even though the doctor wasn't concerned, I was wondering if anyone had some good ideas about activities I might do with my son to encourage him to speak, sit up, walk. Know of any good websites with activity ideas that would be appropriate for this age?


Thanks for your help!

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Mommy to Birthday Boy Ian Taiwai (born 4/26/07).
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Mon, 04-28-2008 - 2:25pm
Hi there. I don't know much about allergies so I hope someone will have some suggestions there. It does seem to me that even with a 2 mo delay he should be sitting. it might be wothwhile to have him evaluated by early intervention in your state to see if they feel he qualifies for any services that might help his development. Your little guy is adorable! Kari
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Mon, 04-28-2008 - 2:52pm

Thanks for your reply.


Ian can sit on his own when I put him down sitting, but he doesn't sit up from a lying position. He also doesn't crawl, or more specifically, he doesn't know he can crawl. He scoots around his crib all night (and wakes himself up by bonking his head on the crib!), but doesn't scoot around when he's awake yet. We keep waiting!


You're probably right, I should check with an early intervention person just to be on the safe side. I even know someone at church who is involved in that, so that will make it easy for me!


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Mon, 04-28-2008 - 3:12pm

Another welcome ~


I agree with Kari - even at a 10 month level your son should be sitting up.

Jan & Matthew (11) - mild hypotonia, apraxia, dysarthria, autism

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Mon, 04-28-2008 - 3:34pm

thanks for the advice. i'll have to look up that book too. that's a good point about not first leaping to drugs or what the parents did wrong, but to look for the cause. i'm very information-focused, so that sits quite well with me. :)


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Mon, 04-28-2008 - 4:42pm

Hi -


I agree that he should be able to figure out how to sit himself by 1 year.

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Mon, 04-28-2008 - 5:33pm

Marina,


Thanks for your informative response. I will talk to my doctor about it. We have a follow-up appointment in a few weeks, and this time I'm going, not my husband. From everyone's response, it makes me think I'd better be safe than sorry and press the issue a little more.

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Mommy to Birthday Boy Ian Taiwai (born 4/26/07).
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Sun, 05-04-2008 - 3:26pm

I have never heard of allergies interfering with development unless maybe a food allergy would interfere with growth.


Both of my kids were in Early Intervention for motor and speech delays.

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Mon, 05-05-2008 - 3:32pm

thanks for the info and perspective.


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