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#1 LC1983

Posted 22 December 2012 - 01:18 PM

Hi all, while I'm just new to EB I have found these forums most helpful. I thought I would post here and see what you had to suggest for me. My daughter has just gone one and while I know it isn't a concern that she is not walking I thought I would get your opinions. A brief rundown; DD was diagnosed with hip dyplasia at 4 days old. She was put in a brace until 3 months old and at her last check up a month ago, her hips were fine. The physio at the RCH did say however that she thought DD was 'overly flexible'/ double jointed. Which I had an idea she was because some of the positions she can get into are unbelievable haha. DD can stand holding onto the couch and cruise albeit for not very long. It's like she doesn't have the strength in her ankles and legs. DD is very petite, not even 8 kgs yet (which we're working on). I have read through a few posts about people seeing physios for their children who have low muscle mass etc. I have spoken to the MCHN and our GP and they don't think it's an issue 'yet'. My concern is that we will get 6 months down the track and then they will want to do something about it and tell me we should have done something earlier. Can anyone suggest exercises we can do with DD to maybe help strengthen her legs or should I see someone else that may he able to help. Or am I being a silly first time mum whoIs worrying about nothing?!

#2 Isolabella

Posted 22 December 2012 - 01:31 PM


50% of children are walking at 12m but that also means50% are NOT walking at 12m

My kids were 16.5, 17.5 and 19.5 when they walked.

The DSs were cruising from 9m but walked 16.5 and 19.5m. DD was 12m when she started cruising and walked 17.5m

If your child is cruising I would not stress too much.

#3 FizzlingFireboxes

Posted 22 December 2012 - 01:58 PM

12months is still little to worry about non walking. You can organise a private physio but if your gp and CHN are not worried maybe give it a bit more time, but also go with your mum instinct.

DS didn't walk until he was almost 2 and he has low muscle tone which we knew about from about 9/10months.

#4 Imaginary friend

Posted 22 December 2012 - 07:21 PM

Not walking at 12 months is perfectly normal. plenty of babies are still crawling or otherwise getting around - bum shuffling etc, some are walking holding onto furniture (is that what you mean by cruising?) some are not.

Sure, some babies walk as early as 10 months but others dont walk till 18 months, late end of normal.

I dont think you need to do anything at all OP, especially since MCHN and GP have both said development is normal;  baby will get there in her own good time original.gif

Edited by 4kidlets, 22 December 2012 - 07:22 PM.

#5 erindiv

Posted 22 December 2012 - 07:25 PM

As PP have said, it is normal for her to not be walking yet. My 1 year old is walking but his sister was not at that age.

#6 CountryBumpkin

Posted 22 December 2012 - 07:30 PM

My youngest was rolling around at 3m, crawling at 5, sitting at 6, and cruising by 7 months. We thought she would be walking early - but she took her first steps at 13 months. I have found most children I know do it in the month or two after thei first birthday. My fourth didn't walk until 20 months!

#7 AliC05

Posted 22 December 2012 - 07:31 PM

Its totally normal to not be walking at 12 months (even though its seen as the "normal" age to walk)

My DS didnt walk (well throw himself across the room!) until 15 months.

My understanding is that its totally not a concern until they get to 18 months and even then its not total drama.

I would think just encouraging DD to cruise alot would be good. She will find her feet in her own time.


#8 Leha

Posted 22 December 2012 - 07:35 PM

My dd was diagnosed with hip issues at birth and was in the harness for 3 mths. She cruised from about 7 mths but didn't start walking until 13 mths. I think personality has a lot to do with it she is quite cautious so was just taking her time. My sisters dd didn't walk until nearly 2 and my DS walked at 8 mths so they are all different.

Anyway as others have said 12 mths is still early. My dd walked earlier than a lot of my friends kids. I wouldn't start worrying for awhile yet.

#9 Carmen02

Posted 22 December 2012 - 07:51 PM

still very early, my DD walked at 12mths but my two boys where 19mths when they walked. DS2 wasnt even crawling till 14mths. I wouldnt worry to much yet, just give her lots of oppurinty to move around she will get there original.gif

#10 EffiesMum172

Posted 22 December 2012 - 08:02 PM


Edited by EffiesMum172, 22 December 2012 - 09:19 PM.

#11 Penguin78

Posted 22 December 2012 - 08:06 PM

My DS didn't walk till 18 months and was cruising from 10 months. . So I don't think the not walking in itself is a concern. But I can understand giving her other issues that you want to do as much as you can to help her.

I think that it's a good idea to talk to a ped physio just for ideas to encourage her muscle strength. Do you se one from th e hip dysplasia?

But just reiterating I don't think you need to worry !

#12 SylviaPlath

Posted 22 December 2012 - 08:34 PM

I can't give you muscle strengthening advice, however I am hoping to give you some reassurance by sharing what's happening in my mother's group. About half of the babies (now at 15 months) are walking. There are still quite a few babies that are now only taking a few steps. One of them only just started couch surfing. Which I find very interesting because he has been one of the first to pull head up, roll, crawl etc. DS on the hand was a late everything (roll, crawl etc). And he just got up one day and walked at 12.5 months. I think the time between crawling and walking was about 1.5 months. So medical issues aside, it's very hard to predict anything and if your gp/MCHN aren't worried, I wouldn't be either.

I did get him one of those activity centres from about 4 months though. He would love to stand and play in that for ages. Then, when he got tired he would sit. So maybe you can get her one of those. Although, it's probably healthier for you to encourage her to furniture cruise...Anyway, this is my five cents.

#13 libbylu

Posted 22 December 2012 - 08:42 PM

Is she crawling and sitting independently?
My DS was strong as an ox and didn't walk til 14 months.
You can always hold one hand each and help her 'walk' around for a bit, as long as she enjoys it.

#14 LC1983

Posted 22 December 2012 - 09:09 PM

QUOTE (mummy.to.one @ 22/12/2012, 02:58 PM)
12months is still little to worry about non walking. You can organise a private physio but if your gp and CHN are not worried maybe give it a bit more time, but also go with your mum instinct.

DS didn't walk until he was almost 2 and he has low muscle tone which we knew about from about 9/10months.

Did he need to do any exercises in that time to help him get strength?

#15 LC1983

Posted 22 December 2012 - 09:17 PM

Thanks everyone. The walking isn't a concern, I'm quite happy for her to crawl around. I just didn't want to get to 18 months and then have the professionals tell me that we should have done something earlier. She is sitting and crawling fine and like I said, standing up leaning on the couch, table, her toy box and play centre. But she can only do it for maybe a minute or so before she gets tired and has to sit. And as for the holding hands and helping her walk; she hates it. Will take one maybe two  wobbly steps on her tip toes and then sit.

#16 melaine

Posted 22 December 2012 - 09:18 PM

I think if your bub is cruising and weightbearing, has met other milestones and your MCHN and GP are not concerned then just give her time.

However, if you still have worries then seek a second opinion. You can see a private paed physio without a referral and they might reassure you.

FWIW - both my kids were early to roll, sit, crawl etc. They were pulling to stand and cruising confidently early as well (earliest in mother's group bar one or two). Neither walked till 15 months. Felt like it took forever, but was well within normal range. Other babies didn't crawl till 12 months and then were up and walking a month later!

ETA - my kids hated walking holding hands. They preferred to do it at their own pace.

Edited by melaine, 22 December 2012 - 09:19 PM.

#17 LC1983

Posted 22 December 2012 - 09:20 PM

QUOTE (Penguin78 @ 22/12/2012, 09:06 PM)
My DS didn't walk till 18 months and was cruising from 10 months. . So I don't think the not walking in itself is a concern. But I can understand giving her other issues that you want to do as much as you can to help her.

I think that it's a good idea to talk to a ped physio just for ideas to encourage her muscle strength. Do you se one from th e hip dysplasia?

But just reiterating I don't think you need to worry !

Yeah we see a physio at the Melbourne children's hospital for her hips and she was the one who said DD would probably walk late due to double joints/overly flexible. But she said we didn't need to see anyone about it and was quite dismissive.

#18 kabailz13

Posted 22 December 2012 - 10:05 PM

As others have said, completely normal for a 12 month old to not be walking original.gif The typical age range is 12-18 months I believe.

My kids have walked at 9mths, 12.5mths, 15mths, 17.5mths and 15mths. My middle child was cruising furniture from 8mths but still didn't take independent steps for another 7 months!

Definitely keep an eye on it though given there are underlying factors which may influence things.

#19 Isolabella

Posted 22 December 2012 - 10:10 PM

All three of my kids refused to walk holding you fingers like other kids.

They all got up one day and gave up crawling. No few steps stumble fall just replacement of crawling within a 24hr period.

#20 FizzlingFireboxes

Posted 23 December 2012 - 11:26 AM

QUOTE (LC1983 @ 22/12/2012, 10:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Did he need to do any exercises in that time to help him get strength?

Not particularly to help him walk, we saw a physio monthly and we would concentrate on helping him bend his knees to go up and down rather than just dropping, one of his legs is weaker than the other and the physio would set up a little obstacle course for him to play on.

He wouldn't hold our hands, and the physio told us to place our hand under his arm pits and go for little walks around the house like that. With him holding our hands he was still relying on us, but with our hands under his armpits holding him he had more control and that helped strengthen his legs.

We also made sure we had good shoes for his ankles as he was flexible (you could bend his toes up to his legs). We ended up ordering shoes from amazon (US) which were higher than normal around the ankle.

I think that's mostly it, that I can remember. original.gif

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