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When should you call the doctor about missed milestones in your 3-month-old?

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Every baby is a little different. Don’t be alarmed if your 3-month-old misses a milestone, especially if he or she was born prematurely. However, do call your pediatrician if your baby hasn’t done the following things by three months:

  • Responded to noises
  • Followed people or objects with his or her eyes
  • Smiled
  • Reached for objects

From: Baby Development: Your 3-month-old WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

University of Maryland Medical Center: ''Moro reflex - Overview.''

Bond, AH. McFarland & Company, 2008. Margaret Mahler: A Biography of the Psychoanalyst,

Feigelman S. ''The first year,'' in Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton BF, eds. , 18 ed, Saunders Elsevier, 2007. Nelson Textbook of Pediatricsth

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: ''Important Milestones: By the End of Three Months.''

Curtis, GB, MD, MPH, and Schuler, J, , Da Capo Press, 2005. Your Baby’s First Year Week by Week

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 16, 2019

SOURCES:

University of Maryland Medical Center: ''Moro reflex - Overview.''

Bond, AH. McFarland & Company, 2008. Margaret Mahler: A Biography of the Psychoanalyst,

Feigelman S. ''The first year,'' in Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton BF, eds. , 18 ed, Saunders Elsevier, 2007. Nelson Textbook of Pediatricsth

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: ''Important Milestones: By the End of Three Months.''

Curtis, GB, MD, MPH, and Schuler, J, , Da Capo Press, 2005. Your Baby’s First Year Week by Week

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 16, 2019

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