What is Developmental Delay?
Developmental delay is a condition in which there is a delay in the development of a child as normally expected at her/his age. This delay in development may be observed in one or more than one areas. The areas where a child may show developmental delay are gross/fine motor activities, speech and language, social and emotional development, thinking and understanding skills. When the child displays delayed development in a majority of or in all the areas mentioned above, it is known as global developmental delay.
The first three years of the life of a child are crucial to development. Every toddler develops at her/his own pace. However, there are average time periods when a child is expected to achieve certain milestones. When the child is unable to achieve these certain milestones within the time span expected at his/her age, it is known as developmental delay.
When the child is unable to perform the following activities within the given timeframe then he needs medical help because there is a developmental delay.
At 6 months: Child does not roll over; both in the front and back, achieve head control, sit up with help and begin to babble.
At 9 months: Child does not crawl, sit without any help, respond to familiar names.
At 12-15 months: Child does not say 1-2 words, stand without any help or begin to walk.
At 2 years: Child does not speak at least 10-15 words or unable to walk.
Causes of Developmental Delay
To find an exact cause of developmental delay in a child is a hard nut to crack. The major causes are:
- Premature Birth
- Complications during pregnancy
- Genetic disorders such as Down’s syndrome or loss of hearing
- Autism Spectrum Disorders or (ASD)
Homeopathic Treatment for Developmental Delay
Homeopathic mode of treatment is highly effective as well as safe in curing diseases affecting children such as Teething, Bruxism, Height Increase and developmental delay. In homeopathy, homeopathic remedies for developmental delay are natural and safe that is why they are devoid of side-effects. Homeopathic medicine for developmental delay is chosen as per constitutional symptoms to get over developmental delay to a large extent. It leads to the normal development of the child. Delayed development, whether they are physical or mental, can be cured with ease with homeopathic remedies. While selecting the best homeopathic medicine for developmental delay, homeopathic doctor has to take into account the smallest details of the case.
Homeopathic remedies for developmental delay in children are Calcarea Phos, Calcarea Carb, Baryta Carb, Thuja, Tuberculinum, Silicea, Aethusa and Carcinosin.
Homeopathic Medicines for Developmental Delay
Calcarea Phos – Top Homeopathic Medicine for Developmental Delay
Calcarea Phos is another natural homeopathic medicine to cure developmental delay. In addition, it is also the best homeopathic medicine for brain development or who have slow mental and physical growth. I have seen excellent results in those children who delay in reaching their developmental milestones with the help of this top homeopathic remedy for developmental delay. It is ideal homeopathic medicine for thin, delicate, emaciated children along with noticeably slow progress. These children are late in learning to talk and walk, the teeth development is also slow. The posterior fontanelle may be slow to close too. The skull is thin, soft and brittle in such situations and it leads to the selection of this homeopathic medicine in developmental delay cases.
Additionally, the digestive system is also weak in such conditions where Calcarea Phos works wonder and becomes the most suitable medicine for this condition. The child that requires homeopathic medicine Calcarea Phos wants to be nursed all the time. Vomiting and colic post feeding are also present. The child may suffer from chronic diarrhea with watery, greenish and offensive stool.
Baryta Carb – Homeopathic Medicine for Developmental Delay due to Vaccination or Trauma
Baryta Carb is another suitable homeopathic remedy for developmental delay. I have also seen excellent results in children while using this homeopathic medicine. The medicine works wonderfully in children who have short stature, both physically and mentally. The children are often slow learners and dull minded where walking and speech are concerned.
Baryta Carb is an ideal homeopathic treatment for developmental delay in cases where the child is afraid of strangers. It shows excellent results there. Baryta Carb is also helpful when the child displays retarded development after vaccination or trauma. Profuse sweat with offensive odor mainly on the feet may be observed with the above mentioned symptoms in such cases. It is also the most prescribed homeopathic medicine for developmental delay in children who experience chronic tonsillitis.
Calcarea Carb – Best Homeopathic Treatment for Developmental Delay
Calcarea Carb is one of the best homeopathic remedies to treat developmental delay. It gives excellent results in children with delayed development when you prescribe Calcarea Carb. It is an ideal homeopathic remedy for children who are fat, fair and flabby in nature. Children who require this medicine are slow in learning to walk and also have slow teething as well. They are obese with a big head and large belly. In Calcarea Carb, the skin of the patient looks pale and chalky in children. That is why it is one of the prominent homeopathic medicines for developmental delay.
The other symptoms include children are dull, sluggish and lethargic in nature. Fontanelles especially the anterior one, it may also show delayed closure in children who will respond well to this homeopathic medicine for developmental delay. Another important symptom is the tendency to perspire excessively, mainly on the neck, scalp and chest. If the smell of the sweat is sour then Calcarea Carb is an ideal choice among homeopathic remedies for developmental delay.
Aethusa and Silicea – Wonderful Homeopathic Remedies for Developmental Delay in Child
Aethusa and Silicea are two wonderful homeopathic treatments that show improvement in children suffering from delayed development. Silicea is considered one of the effective homeopathic remedies for developmental delay that is suitable for children with a large head and thin legs. The fontanelles are slow to close in these children. Additional symptoms that lead to the use of this homeopathic medicine Silicea are – defective assimilation, emaciation, delay in learning to talk and walk and distended abdomen. Additionally, worm infestation may also be observed in children who are given this medicine. So it shows that it is best suited homeopathic treatment for developmental delay in children.
Aethusa is another homeopathic remedy to treat developmental delay mainly suggested in infants who are not able to hold their head. The children of this medicine cry too much and highly restless in nature. In addition, there is another prominent symptom of this medicine which is accompanied by developmental delay that is, child’s inability to digest milk. It is because the child is intolerant to milk and may vomit the milk if fed. Exhaustion, weakness and sleepiness may follow. These children may also suffer from diarrhea after consuming milk which is another feature of homeopathic medicine Aethusa.
Tuberculinum and Carcinosin – Homeopathic Remedies for Low Immunity, Autism in developmental delay cases
Homeopathic medicines Tuberculinum and Carcinosin are also prominent homeopathic remedies to cure developmental delay. They also show satisfactory results in patients. Tuberculinum is an ideal homeopathic medicine for children who are emaciated, weak and mentally deficient because of retarded development. They learn to speak late like in all the cases of developmental delay. In addition, they also catch cold and suffer from recurrent upper respiratory tract infections as well. In such situation, this homeopathic medicine relieves the symptoms in cases of developmental delay. Excessive sweating, especially at night may also present in children where Tuberculinum will be a useful homeopathic medicine for developmental delay.
Carcinosin is another homeopathic medicine to cure developmental delay and it is effective in children with blocked growth. A child who requires this medicine has a very low immunity that is why he suffers from recurrent severe infections. Children in these cases of developmental delay have difficulty in falling asleep. That is why, where the child needs to be carried around or rocked to sleep or where he especially sleeps on the abdomen. Carcinosin is an effective homeopathic remedy to treat such cases. It is also helpful in cases of autistic disease in children along with developmental delay. Such cases also display marked restless behavior and marked hyperactivity.
Note: Medicines mentioned here are for information purpose only. Kindly do not self-medicate.
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I had accomplished D. H. M. S in 2008, I have been into practice (in Rawalpindi & Islamabad) for more or less 12 years. During my practice, I have been treating acute as well as chronic disorders. I had also completed MHS (Masters of Human Sexuality) in 2014 from SAIHS. Dengue fever, Developmental Delay, Urethral Stricture, Sexual dysfunctions and disorders in males as well as females attract my attention, therefore, I love to solve these cases.
Apart from Homeopathy, I am M.A in English Literature from Punjab University. I have been teaching English at Post Graduate National College Rawalpindi for 5 years. So I am holding two noble professions. I have written more than 6000 articles on different subjects. To be more specific I have authored different websites as well.