Henry Joseph Hasson, MD Pediatric Neurologist Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Education: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
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Host: Kid is nine months old, what would you say you will look for to say that this kid is probably a normal kid? Henry Joseph Hasson: So at this point they should really start being, start developing their language. Now you will say language, of a nine month old, how much language do they have? They actually have a lot more than we realize. They will start indicating their wants, they'll start pulling for things or start showing you what they are interested in, and they'll start looking at you, and they start really babbling more, in fact, some children will even start knowing who their father is, and start saying dad or mama for their mother, and these are good signs, again you don't have to worry if the child is not doing yet at this point, because it's early, but in the next few month the child should really start doing it. The other thing that at nine month old, they should be really be sitting up. They should be able to control their truck, hold them self, look around the room, they should reach for things that have interested them, and they will cry when they are upset and they should be able to consoled when someone they recognize comes in and helps them. Host: Do they fear strangers? Henry Joseph Hasson: That time develop at this point. They start really recognizing who they know, and who they don't know. A lot of times, a stranger will come in and they will start crying, and this needs to be, you know, grow slowly and carefully, and a lot of time if the mom reassures them, the mom is close by them and smiles and shows them that she is not worried from this stranger. The child can start getting use to that as well.