Care and Treatment for Your Baby

April 26, 2021

Care and Treatment for Your Baby

As a follow-up to our last blog, Your Baby’s Developmental Milestones, this month we focus on what you can do if you feel that your baby is struggling or showing signs of falling behind compared to typical stages of development. Numerous health professionals are available who can provide an assessment and work with you and your baby, should you have any concerns. 

It is important to remember that your primary point of contact will be your family doctor or pediatrician, who will be scheduling regular visits with you and your baby during their first year to monitor your baby’s progress. They play a vital role in health promotion and illness prevention, often coordinating care with other health professionals. If you both agree that further assessment is warranted, below is summary list of allied health professionals, what they do, and where you can go to find more information:  

Canadian Medical Association: https://www.cma.ca
Canadian Pediatric Society: https://www.cps.ca/en/


Audiologist
Audiologists study and treat hearing, balance, and other disorders. They are trained to work with infants and their families and will be able to provide recommendations, strategies, and other aids to assist in therapy goals. 

Speech-Language & Audiology Canada: https://www.sac-oac.ca
Canadian Academy of Audiology: https://canadianaudiology.ca

Chiropractor
Chiropractors are known to be experts in the spine, muscle, and nervous system conditions. Some chiropractors specialize in infant care. They work with you and your baby to diagnose, treat, and develop care plans for mobility to live pain-free.

Canadian Chiropractic Association: https://chiropractic.ca

Dietician
Dieticians are regulated health professionals who understand the science behind food. They work with individuals and families to guide healthy food choices and understand the connection between living a healthy life and consuming foods. 

Dieticians of Canada: https://www.dietitians.ca

Lactation Consultant
Lactation consultants work in a variety of settings and provide strategies and education on issues related to breastfeeding. 

Canadian Lactation Consultant Association: https://www.clca-accl.ca

Occupational Therapist
Occupational Therapists work with individuals to help solve problems that interfere with daily tasks ­— such as self-care, productivity, and leisure, that are important to them. For infants, these tasks might involve clothing modifications, tummy time strategies, play time, feeding, etc. 

Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists: https://caot.ca

    Optometrist
    Optometrists are specialists who can conduct eye exams, write prescriptions, and treat eye diseases. They are skilled in assessing infants and ensure that they are getting ahead of any eye-related impairments. 

    Canadian Association of Optometrists: https://opto.ca

    Physiotherapist
    Physiotherapists are health professionals who have an in-depth knowledge of the body and how it works. They use hands-on clinical skills to treat symptoms of illness, injury, or disability. 

    Canadian Physiotherapy Association: https://physiotherapy.ca 

    Podiatrist
    Podiatrists are experts in foot care. They provide a thorough examination of your infant’s feet and may detect an underlying defect or condition resulting in treatment or further consultation from the medical community. 

    Canadian Podiatric Medical Association: https://www.podiatrycanada.org

    Speech-Language Pathologist
    Speech-language pathologists are regulated health professionals who provide assessments and screening to detect and treat language, voice, swallowing, and feeding difficulties. 

    Speech-Language & Audiology Canada: https://www.sac-oac.ca

    Social Workers
    Social workers focus on the individual within the context of their family/environment that can impact well-being. They address barriers in organizations/society and improve health and social well-being to foster growth and personal development. 

    Canadian Association of Social Workers: https://www.casw-acts.ca/en

    In summary, milestone guides are just general guides. Every baby will have a different path, while some babies may achieve milestones ahead of time, and some slightly behind. If your baby is born premature, their milestones will look quite different. Communicating any concerns with your family doctor or pediatrician will be necessary, and together you can explore whether additional assistance from allied health professionals is required.

    The following recipe poem is an excerpt from our third series Recipes For Growing Me ~12 months edition: 

    H is for... health professionals

    If you’re ever concerned
    About my growth or progression
    Let’s seek advice from
    Those in the profession
    From doctors and other health
    Specialists like dieticians
    They help us along
    With all of our questions


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    Sarah & Karen




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