My 17 month old baby boy is not walking he doesnot stand either on his own...he moves around the who

Rashmi - posted on 07/08/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My 17 month old baby boy is not walking he doesnot stand either on his own...he moves around the whole house in the walker..he takes a few steps holding both hands but not on his own.

He was a pre mature baby born towards the end of the eight month.

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Juliana - posted on 07/10/2009

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I work for bith to three and I will say try to make a referral to it. just call infoline in your state and they should be able to help you

Stacey - posted on 07/08/2009

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Hi, I am a pediatric Physical Therapist and I suggest taking away the walker, then encouraging climbing to build his core strength. Move his toys to low level surfaces like the couch or coffee table with toys on separate surfaces to encourage letting go of one to cruise to the next. Push toys are great and "lunge walking". Have your son stand with his back to a surface then move back about 2 feet from him. Encourage him to take a lunging step toward you, this will slowly progress to a controlled step. If he begins to avoid weight bearing in his legs contact his doctor.

Katerina - posted on 11/07/2013

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my daughter is not walking yet also.. she is 16 months.. i am worried to... she cruises fast holding onto the couch and is starting walk with walker..

Tiffany - posted on 07/12/2009

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I do not have this problem but my son does see a speach specialist and he also goes to occupational therapy. He passed his physical therapy exam. But what could be normal by book or friends or even some doctors may not be normal for ur child. I was told that my son had no problem and that he would talk when he was ready. I kept telling the doctor that he had a problem so he refered my to a speach therapist at 18 months of age.. sorry for going on and on.. but the moral is if u feel he needs help dont be afraid or let people talk u out of it.

Kylie - posted on 07/12/2009

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What do your instincts tell you? Do you think your son has a problem?

All children develope at their own stage in their own time. No one child is the same. Bah humbug to those parent's who boast constantly about their child/ren doing this and that at this stage. Who really cares if a child has reached a mile-stone before the recommended age. Whose to say that that recommended age was based upon a normal child? In his own time, your little man will do whatever it is that he wants to do, when he's ready. If you truly wish to help the mile-stone along, try limiting the use of the walker and coerse him to use something else to get around, like a ride-along toy. It'll offer stability but also confidence. If by the time he's 2, you still don't see a difference or think he needs help, then try a PE. Foolow your own instancts though when it comes to your little one. Forget about those women who boast. Your little man might be slower, but that's not to say that when he's older he won't be smarter.

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Tam - posted on 07/10/2009

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Both my kids hit their developmental milestones later than average, and while my son was 3 wks early, my daughter was full-term, but she wouldn't bother w/ trying to walk until she was almost 20 mos. She crawled lightning-fast, too. Now she's 25 mos. and she is still not talking very much, which worries me a bit more. The thing is, I know she can talk - she's said random words over past mos., but she still does lots of babbling. I think when she starts talking, it will be little sentences. She has a check-up soon, & hopefully the pediatrician won't be too worried.

Chenoa - posted on 07/08/2009

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I would suggest taking away the walker. He is too old for it and will never let go on his own with the walker around. As for age I hear it all the time and wouldn't be too concerned. Best of luck!

Rashmi - posted on 07/08/2009

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thanks a lot for your reply.

My son likes to stand but with support. He tries to move around the table taking a few steps but is not able to balance himself.

I try holding him and then letting go of him.

Also i would like to ask, that how much massaging the baby helps.

Leann - posted on 07/08/2009

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Your pediatrician or child care should be able to tell you how to contact Early Intervention for an assessment. This should not cost you anything and they will tell you if your child needs any extra supports to develop and how to get them. I did this with my daughter and I am so glad as she has difficulty with speech which I never would have known and might have kept her out of regular school classes.

Rashmi - posted on 07/08/2009

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thanks a lot for yur suggestion.

He pulls hinself up when i hold both his hands. He does a bit of side stepping. He comes to crawling position and takes a step or two ahead.

I hope ur sugesstion helps and he starts walking soon.

Any more sugesstions would be welcoming.

thanks a lot.

MarieAntoinette - posted on 07/08/2009

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I also would do what Angela suggested, which is to take away the walker. Does he crawl and/or kneel. You could encourage him to pull himself to stand through play by placing a favorite toy on a coffee table while he is watching. Help him to get from kneeling to a position where he puts one foot on the floor to push up to stand. It is hard to describe without showing you. I would not worry, but I would start playing with him differently to encourage pulling to stand, side-stepping while holding to a surface, and eventually walking. I am a physical therapist and love studying infant developmental work. I hope this helps....

Tanya - posted on 07/08/2009

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Hi! My son as well didn't walk until he was 17 1/2 months and everyone kept telling me this was normal. Even when he did finally walk he still crawled more than he walked for at least a month or two. I did check with his doctor who said he was fine also. He checked his leg muscles and reflexes and said everything looked normal. I would check with a doctor as well just to make sure there aren't any other issues. Take care!

Rashmi - posted on 07/08/2009

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Thanks a lot Angela.
Yes he is eating well but doesnot not milk though.
He loves curd and fruits.
Doctor say his height is good but he is on the lower side on the weight.

Angela - posted on 07/08/2009

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I would trust your motherly instinct!

Its normal for kids to walk as late as 18 months but if youre worried i would ask your doctor for some advice.

Does he eat well and enough variety? Is his weight normal for his age? Maybe he pretty laid back?

I would suggest taking the walker away and get him to push something instead (helps develop balance and confidence etc).

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