some advice please

REBECCA - posted on 03/21/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )

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my son is very off balance he walks like hes drunk i dont know what to do he had his ears checked they said he was fine... he falls all the time exspecially outside in the yard he would take a few steps and he would fall i dont know what to do please help

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Melissa - posted on 04/19/2010

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Talk to your primary doc about a nerologyst. My sone did the same and come to find out he has epilepsy. It may be nothing but I would have it checked.

REBECCA - posted on 04/15/2010

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thanks very much i will look in to that my youngest son has torticollis he has to go to pt and hes only 9 months hes been going since he was 6 months hes getting better though he has a big flat spot on his head so he has to wear a helmet for that too

Jennifer - posted on 04/15/2010

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I'd get a third and fourth opinion too. Could be inner ear, could be muscle tone, could be joints, could be a lot. Could also be nothing at all, but I would push to have him looked at and rule out everything you can. My eldest twin has severe congenital muscular torticollis, which is basically a tightening of the neck muscles on one side. She was in PT weekly for a year and even went through a surgery to help correct it. Hers was bad enough it effected everything including walking even though she had her surgery at 6mos. She was unstable and walked 'drunk' and much longer and later than her twin. At this point I can still tell when she is getting tired as some mild tort symptoms come back and she's more clumsy and 'drunk' and she'll be 2 at the end of May.

I'm not suggesting your son has tort, but there could be something muscular at play that PT could help with.

Alison - posted on 04/15/2010

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It sounds similar to my daughter. Does he walk like this all the time? My husband was always falling and running into things when he was this age. My oldest daughter was also very "clumsy" around age 2. She has grown out of it for the most part (she is turning 4), but when she is tired or moody she totally walks funny and is always leaning on things. He might just grow out of it. But do have him checked out if it concerns you. (Since my husband had similar behavior, it didn't stress me out as much as it could have)

Mary - posted on 04/13/2010

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My daughter always does this when going through a growth spurt as her feet seemed to grow before the rest of her (she still does it at age 7), but it isn't constant. I would also go with what someone else said about seeing a physio - there could be some muscle tone issue which can resut in clumsy or lopsided walking or a funny gait. ALways worth checking out something you are worried about.

REBECCA - posted on 04/13/2010

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yeah well he has to many problems as it is we found out that he has epilepsy but he doesnt have bruises on his ankles he drags his feet like he cant pick them up hes very bullegged too his nurse practitioner told me not to wory about him being bullegged but he looks like hes been riding a horse i just dont think thats normal.

Adrian - posted on 04/13/2010

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My daughter will be 2 at the end of May and she still has problems with her balance. I have noticed these issues more when she is hyper or running on fumes... she trips over her own feet (her left foot still turns in a little) and for some reason she likes to get up on her tip toes, which does not help her balance when she is rushing and yes, she falls all the time. Check your sons' ankles, see if there are bruises on them, babies are constantly twisting their ankles and they might be soar due to this. I know that my daughter's left ankle especially tends to bruise and this is the times that she seems to have the most problems with walking correctly. I do agree with you on getting a second opinion though. I know you said he had corrective surgery in Jan. for his eyes, perhaps you could check on that. He might still be having some problems with his vision (dizziness, double-vision, etc.) It is so frustrating when your little one cannot voice what is hurting or bothering them!!!!! :(

REBECCA - posted on 04/12/2010

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no he doesnt have a big head... he drags his feet like he cant pick them up hes going to be 2 may 2nd and he had his eyes checked he had crossing of the eyes but he had surgery to get it fixed in january and he still walks like hes drunk hes not as bad as he was but he still walks off balanced i still thinks somethings wrong with his walking. im about to get a second opinion.

Shannon - posted on 04/11/2010

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I just talked to my doctor about this, and she said it is common for toddlers to do that, does your son have a big head?? Mine does, and he did that 2 times, just like you described, and she said it was normal because the head is heavier than his body. I hope that helped, I thought I posted this at first!! LOL She said they just get off balance sometimes like when we get up and get dizzy. Take care sweetie :)

Diane - posted on 04/08/2010

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i having a problem keshaun is having constipation problems no matter what we gave him he dont go off . can u give me some advice on what to give him

Stephanie - posted on 04/06/2010

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my daughter did the same thing. turns out she has severe environmental allergies and is on singular and zyrtec. she is walking just fine now!

Danielle - posted on 04/05/2010

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I'd ask your doctor to check his eyes. It's not too early some of us just have eye sight problems. My son is 4 and I just found out he has trouble seeing far away. I never knew because he would hear and point at the airplanes (we live by a naval air base). My daughter is clumsy (2 in May) but she doesn't do that anymore. She did for the first few months of walking (she started at eight months). Your body naturally develops a sense of equilibrium, so that's suggesting that maybe something isn't developed. It's not just instincts, there is science involved. Take her to a ped. If he says that's blasphemy then hey maybe it is but I've seen some kids that have that problem. Maybe he just isn't coordinated yet :) Good luck!!!

Kari - posted on 04/04/2010

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at 2 years old, you need to get him in. that is not normal exploratory walking. that is not right. get him checked out asap.

Tarra - posted on 03/28/2010

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Get a double opinion, this isn't right. Kids do fall over all the time but if anyhting ever worries you and you aren't satisfied with the answer keep going to find out why, trust your own instincts! Good luck...

Tabitha-Ashley - posted on 03/27/2010

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My daughter does that sometimes.. My doctor said that its there just learning how there feet work or there busy looking around. I hope that helps

Myra - posted on 03/27/2010

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Does it upset him to fall? Chances are, if he's not upset about it, he's doing it intentionally because it is fun. If he gets upset or seems frusterated, definitely try to get him into an ENT doctor. Chances are, whatever it is will clear up with time, but it can be a sign of other problems that don't go away for him to do that. Better to have him checked and nothing be wrong, than not to take him and there be a problem that leads to other issues because of him acting out.

Shari - posted on 03/26/2010

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It is probably nothing but if I were you, I would insist on seeing a pediatrician. Don't let the regular doctor talk you out of it. You know your son the best and there is a lot to be said for mother's intuition.

Bernie - posted on 03/26/2010

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my daughter was just like that. she has just now started to grow out of it. theres probley nothing wrong its just what babies go through when they start running they dont pay attention to well. aslo try to make him wear sneakers or go bare foot. flip flops and sandles dont give the support to his feet. that helped alot with my daughter. but if you think theres a problem deff. make sure your doctor understands what your telling them.

Angela - posted on 03/24/2010

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I would also suggest a referral to a physiotherapist. There could be something off with his joints or bone structure.

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Call your pediatrician and tell them you want him to see and ENT, get the referral whatever it takes and do not take NO for an answer. If you feel there is a problem you are probably right. The docs love to forget we are the parents 24/7 and they only see them when needed.

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