Tip Toes

Kristen - posted on 05/20/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My son crawled and walked a little later than normal... Crawled at 10 mos, standing/cruising around 12 mos and then walked on his own at 14 mos. He is now 21 mos old and all of a sudden started walking on his tip toes. But not all the time...he will 90% walk flat foot and then throw a few tip toe steps in. Is this something anyone else has seen?? When you google this you get a lot of information such as Austism and Muscular Dystrophy and his neurologist pretty much already ruled out Autism. Any thoughts????

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Terra - posted on 06/01/2011

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I wouldn't worry about it! My daughter periodically walks on her tiptoes too. My nephew CONSTANTLY walked on his tiptoes as a toddler and now he is a healthy, thriving 7 year old.

I think all these posts from moms with scares about Autism and other rare disorders are paranoid.... Don't let them get to you! If you really are concerned, talk to your pediatrician. Don't take advice from strangers online!

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Krissy - posted on 06/02/2011

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walking on tip toes is onmly one sign you need many others to qualify for ASD or MD my son has high functioning autism learning disabilys that come with it sleep disorder and hes got slight ODD . he never walked on his tip toes at that age when he turned 3 he did it on and off but it was the other factors like not looking in to my or anyone elses eyes, he'd line things up in order to size and colour if we went a different directio n he'd have a meld down hes infactuated with numbers and at 5 can now count up to 59 everything to do with nos he sees 23 and that our house number or any other number that he knows if he watches the weather hes extreamly happy to see our number up on it and if some one elses nuber comes to him he's just as excitable .hes now infactuated with busses thier numbers and where they go and if they dont turn up on time he starts to get anxity. he could only speek 4 words until he was over 3 his melt downs were nad some times now are terrifying not a normal temper tantrum by any means, he hit s punches bites slams things throw things breaks some things he cant control it but i just grab him and hold him until he's calmer. he has only just started to learn how to read and write and we are at the end of our term 2 .my daughter who is completely normal will walk on hers from time to time its more like the other kids and they are just seeing what funtions you can and cant do with your feet and toes. he'l grow out of it and if not you can always put him into dance and see if he likes it!!! just because others think he might have it or the google says he's a potentail to having it at least get it cheeked out as you did before you worry as my doc and the pediatrican says dont believe the internet it tends to scare ppl more than it should and most of the time it is WRONG. and form me if you have a gut instinct follow it as mothers we always seem to worry too much but sometimes you can just be righter than any doc as i was with my boy.

Angy - posted on 05/31/2011

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Let him go.... mine will walk pigeon toed (pointed inward) then bulll legged then normal..... then on his tipytoes.... its all fun and game to them.. If it isnt constant then let it go.....

Lexi - posted on 05/30/2011

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Tip toes is a common aspect of Angelmans Syndrome but it's not very common in boys. I agree with the other comment who said that it's too young to rule out autism or other similar diagnosis'. But your son could also be totally normal and has just discovered a fun new skill to play around with. =) If everything else is on track for him (a little slower in one area of development is still pretty normal) then I wouldn't stress too much about it. Just let your doctor know so he can add that tidbit of info to his file and then just keep on following up and pushing to have any concerns addressed as he continues to grow and develop. *hugs* good luck!

Jo - posted on 05/29/2011

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I have to say, it's too early to rule out autism. We were told the language delay, social awkwardness, and toe walking were things my daughter would grow out of. How lucky we were that she didn't like to get dirty and would always help clean up spills. At 18 months we had concerns and were ignored. At 24, 30, and 36 we had concerns and were ignored. Her behavior got worse and her tics and anxieties became more pronounced. At nearly 4 she was barely talking but her toe walking was less and less as she got older. She was diagnosed with Autism last summer at the age of 4 and a half.

there is so much growth taking place, you can't rule anything out. My son is a toe walker and we are concerned he may have autism as well, but he's only 22 months. Ask your pediatrician for an ASQ (ages and stages questionnaire), they have them for different age groups and it can give you a good review of normal things for his age group and will help you and your doctor see if something truly is "wrong" with his development.

Stephanie - posted on 05/26/2011

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my daughter did the same thing and still does sometimes. My nephew walked on his tip toes a lot when he was a baby and still does to this day and he is graduating this year! I was concerned it was going to cause problems with my daughter so I asked her dr and her dr said as long as her muscles dont feel tight in her legs, to where they wont stretch so they will walk flat footed, then there shouldnt be anything to worry about, but I would just talk to your sons dr at the next appointment. justs to put your mind at ease! good luck!!

Amy - posted on 05/26/2011

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our daughter does it too every so often....and actually just about everyone i know who has kids around this age or has had kids say that all of their kids have done it at one point or another. at first it concerned me too because one of the first things that comes up when you google it is autism. but our daughter is perfectly fine (she's a silly little girl!) it's just something different that they do. if you are concerned then always run it by his pediatrician, but don't let the internet drive you crazy. there is so much information out there (which is a good and bad thing) and by the way...he is ADORABLE!!!

Angela - posted on 05/22/2011

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I wouldnt be too worried. If he seems like he is enjoying walking on his tip toes, maybe he is just doing it for fun. If you want him to walk normally, try a few things like, buying the shoes with the lights, he has to walk properly for the light to com on. Show him how the lights come on when he walks normally, and make a big fuss out of it. lol.. You can try playing games too, like getting a piece of paper and putting some safe paint on his feet and get him to make his footprints on a huge sheet of paper. Just for fun to show him how much fun it is to walk normally, if u have a backyard you can let him walk barefoot and make his prints in the sand. Just a few thoughts, hope they help. But if you think the top toeing gets out of hand, u would be the one to know whether to take him for a check up or not. but im sure you have nothing to worry about.

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