Physical Developmental Delays:
What to look for

Physical developmental delays are when children aren’t doing activities (like rolling over, sitting without support, or walking) that other children their age are doing. Developmental delays can be a sign of a serious health condition, so it’s important to talk with your child’s pediatrician about them.

Use this website to learn more about physical developmental delays for children ages 5 and under. The information is meant to help you start a conversation with your child’s pediatrician.

Remember, all children develop in different ways. This site can serve as a guide if you have a feeling that something is wrong. You know your child best.

If you’re worried about other developmental issues, like social, emotional, communication, or learning, learn the signs and act early. This tool only focuses on a child’s physical development.

The Physical Developmental Delays: What to Look For tool was developed by the cooperative agreement number 5 U38 OT000183, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the American Academy of Pediatrics and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.