Some parents will receive a diagnosis after their child's birth. This could be due to:
- a problem that developed before birth
- a problem during birth, for example if the baby did not get enough oxygen, or was born too early
- a childhood illness or physical accident during early childhood
Although some conditions are easy to diagnose, other parents may never receive a diagnosis, or may be told their child has ‘global developmental delay'. This is a difficult term to make sense of, but it indicates that a child will take more time to reach milestones in many areas of their development.
We received the diagnosis when she was 2 years old. They told us it was global developmental delay - which basically means they haven't got a clue.
In some cases it may be that you as a parent, or a professional working with your child, becomes aware that your child is not developing in the same way as other children their age. For some parents getting a diagnosis can be a struggle, but getting the support of your health visitor and GP is often the first step to getting help. Your GP should be able to refer you to a local paediatrician, a doctor who specialises in working with children who are ill or disabled.