10 mo old can't sit or roll over

Robyn - posted on 04/29/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Hi there, I'm new to the community and just learning about cerebral palsy.

My son has PVL and "gross motor delay with increased tone". The doctors here don't make a diagnosis before 18 months under any circumstance but he will most likely be diagnosed with CP at his next neurology visit.

He is 10 months old and cannot sit up alone (just falls to the side and his arms flex back) and he cannot roll from his back to his tummy. He can roll from his tummy to his back but it is very uncontrolled and only to the right. He sees a physiotherapist every 2 weeks and he is on a regimen of stretches 6 times daily.

Does anyone have any advice to help him learn to sit up/roll over/anything? His fine motor skills are fine but he really hasn't learned any gross motor skills at all so far

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Caroline - posted on 07/02/2012

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Alex - posted on 05/20/2012

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Hi there....I'm also new to this community, and my little girl is 10m as well. I am almost positive she has CP, as she struggles with gross/fine motor skills, vison, and epilepsy. She also has enlarged ventricles they detected in utero. She is the happiest little baby ever and has lots of determination :) After tons of exercise she just started sitting up on her own in the last week. Here are some things that have helped her immensely:
Exercise ball- great for fun tummy time, but also strengthening trunk and stabilizing muscles (check out developmental exercise ball videos on youtube)
bumbo seat
spio compression shirt - check out their website and read how this helps
swimava swim ring - great aquatic therapy
exercises to increase proprioception
working with an occupational therapist once weekly through the states infant/toddler program
Chiropractics- this has helped Paige so much, I definitely recommend finding a chiropractor that specializes in pediatrics and meeting with them.
-fish oil is also an important supplement for anyone, but especially in our babies because of the rapid brain development at their age

Hope some of this helps, it been quite a learning process for us, especially since Paige is our first! It's nice to know that theres so much support here. :)

Victoria - posted on 05/09/2012

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my son is 15 months and still can't sit up. It is not easy. Work with him daily by sitting on the ground and put him sitting up between your legs. that way he won't fall over. Let him play and give him just enough support to not fall over. It's a long road, but I can see some definite improvements. My son has cp. if you need any support i am here

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Nariman - posted on 09/28/2013

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Amanda - posted on 05/23/2012

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Hi there! My son is 22 months and has mild cp. It sounds like you need to increase his physical therapy appointments. My son wouldn't be where he is today if he didn't start therapy at 7 months old. He went twice a week for a while and is now only going once a week. Granted he was very delayed with milestones, he was still able to meet them eventually. He didn't sit up until he was 15 months old.

Robyn - posted on 05/09/2012

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Thanks for the reply, ya it seems like it's just one of those things you have to keep trying at.

I appreciate the offer for support and I'd be happy to offer you my support as well :)

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