Johanna - posted on 01/27/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )
My daughter was born at 29 weeks and started crawling quite late, at around 11 months, and that was commando crawling only. She is now one year corrected age and has just started to pull herself up into standing position occasionally and has made her first proper crawling moves. She still doesn't sit well though. She has also never played with her feet, and when I try to encourage her she'll play with them while her legs rest against my arm, but as soon as I remove my arm they go back down, she can't hold them like that on her own. Yesterday we had a routine follow-up appointment with her consultant who examined her legs and said she has a rather high muscle tone, meaning her legs are quite stiff, which explains her delays in crawling and sitting, her standing on tiptoes and the fact she never got her feet near her face. He will sort out physio therapy but I'm worried it'll be several weeks at least before we actually get any. Has anyone else been dealing with high muscle tone in their baby and what were you told to do about it? Is there anything, apart from massage which I already know about, that I could do to help her while we wait for our physiotherapy appointment?