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My 15-month-old is clumsier than other babies his age. My doctor thinks he's OK and said we should give him time to get more comfortable with his body before seeing a specialist. I really don't feel good about waiting. What do you suggest?

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Don't wait. A good occupational therapy evaluation, preferably with someone who specializes in babies, will give you a lot of information and will be fun for your son. As often as not, this type of visit is 100 percent reassuring--you'll get tips for encouraging and recognizing normal growth and development. If there is a problem with your son's motor skills, early diagnosis and therapy can make a huge difference.

I feel the same way when it comes to questions about a child's hearing, vision, language and more: Trust your doctor, but trust your instincts more.

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From <i>Ask Dr. Jay</i> by Jay Gordon, M.D., August/September 2005

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