Red Flags for Speech Delays in Babies

Red Flags for Speech Delays in Babies

red flags babiesRed Flags,   Infants are equipped for speech and language development even before birth, partly due to brain readiness, partly because of auditory experiences in the uterus. Children around the world have the same sequence of early language development- Study (University of Washington). This speech language development keeps growing in the exponential pattern, way after the child is born. Each and every activity and sound around the child provide them a new experience of learning.





Every growing MONTH, the child learns new things and their response towards the environment changes. Check out the Speech & Language Milestones ( Birth-1 year).

These changes in the child’s response are very important to track your child’s growth in the speech and language development.  But if you see any of these below RED FLAGS at any of the months mentioned you should please visit your nearby Paediatrician, Audiologist and Speech Language Pathologist.


Birth to 3 months

  • Does not Startles to loud sounds.
  • Does not quiets or smiles when spoken to.
  • Do not recognize your voice and quiets if crying.
  • Does not make sounds like “gagaga..” “ kakaka” (cooing, gooing)
  • Does not Smiles when sees you.

startled baby

4 – 6 Months

  • Does not move eyes in direction of sounds.
  • Does not respond to toys that make sounds
  • Does not attend to music.
  • Does not Babble sound more speech-like with many different sounds, including, p, b, and m.
  • Different Vocalizations for excitement and displeasure is not present.
  • Does not Makes gurgling sounds when left alone and when playing with you.


7 Months – 12 Months

  • Does not seem to enjoy games like peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake.
  • Does not turn or look in direction of sounds.
  • Does not maintain eye contact when spoken to.
  • Does not recognize words for common items like “cup”, “shoe,” “juice.”
  • Does not pay attention to simple requests (“Come here,” “Want more?”).
  • Babbling does not contain both long and short groups of sounds such as “tataupup bibibibibi.”
  • Cries more often or drags you to get and keep attention instead of using few speech like words.
  • Does not imitates different speech sounds.
  • Does not say meaningful 1 or 2 words.
  • Does not respond to name call.


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