If your baby has a disability
Information on getting a diagnosis and support if you have a baby with disability.
Getting a diagnosis
A disability can be present from birth or develop after birth, and includes:
- physical disability
- intellectual disability
- visual disability
- hearing disability.
A disability can take time to identify and diagnose.
Talk to your doctor as soon as possible if you’re concerned about your baby’s health or development.
Early diagnosis may prevent a condition becoming more serious, as your baby can get the medical help and additional support they need.
It’s important to:
- take your baby for their regular health checks, so that delays in their development or learning can be detected early
- keep track of your baby’s development and help them learn key life skills
- talk to your local doctor or child and family health nurse if you have any concerns about your baby
- get a second medical opinion if necessary.
As well as the usual parenting challenges, those who have a baby with disability will also want to consider:
- if they can get support through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
- what type of early childhood education and care will best suit their baby's needs
- the financial and other types of support available.
You can also learn more about parenting a child with disability at Raising Children.