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What causes developmental delay and growth retardation? 7 possible conditions

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.


Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a disorder of muscle movement and coordination caused by an injury to a child's brain that occurs before birth or during infancy. It affects the part of the brain that controls body movement. Othe...

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Failure to Thrive

Your child may be diagnosed with failure to thrive if he or she falls below a healthy weight and shows signs of emotional underdevelopment. Typically, failure to thrive is discovered during a child's infant years. Idea...

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Down Syndrome

Down syndrome is the most common genetic condition in the United States. It causes physical and mental developmental delays and disabilities.

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Hydrocephalus is a condition that occurs when fluid builds up in the skull and causes the brain to swell. The name literally means "water on the brain."

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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) occurs when a baby is born with varied mental and physical defects due to the mother consuming alcohol during pregnancy.

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Hookworm Infections

Hookworms are parasites that affect the small intestine and lungs. The first sign of infection is usually a rash where the parasite entered the skin, followed by diarrhea.

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Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is a recessive genetic disorder that affects cells that produce mucous, sweat, and digestive juices. It may cause severe problems in the lungs, pancreas, liver, and intestine

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