not walking at 17 months

Lora - posted on 03/30/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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my 17 month old is not walking yet (or crawling). she butt- scoots all around, has been to neurologist and specialists and they all assure me she will walk in time. she has been diagnosed with hypotonia. she is receiving physical therapy 5x/week to make her core stronger. wondering if any other moms are experiencing the same issue. it makes me very sad at times to see her not being able to keep up with her peers :(

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Heather - posted on 11/19/2011

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Lora, I'm curious to know how your daughter is doing now? My youngest is 17 months and finally about a month an a half ago started pulling up more and now will cruise a little bit. She does crawl like a champ, but I've wondered if there was something hindering her. The only suggestion our pediatrician gave us was to have her X-rayed. I felt pretty uncomfortable with that since it was at her 12 month check-up and I thought it would just be a matter of time. Anyway, I do feel like she's getting closer, but it has me concerned. If you don't mind, when you get a chance, could you post a little update as to how she is doing. Thanks so much for sharing!!

Michelle - posted on 03/31/2009

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I love hearing common sense parenting! I have 5 kids and they all walked later than the previous sibling which was very frustrating for me. Our fist walked by 13 months; our second by 14 months; our third by 15 months and our last 2 decided they didn't care to walk until almost 18 months, one of which decided to crawl only the month before. Talk about comparing my kids to other kids...even my own. To all moms: if you see that in most other ways your child is normally developing but they scoot instead of crawl, it's fine. That's their way of moving. If they choose not to walk until they are good and ready, in my experience that means hold on to your hat because there is potentially a strong will brewing!!! ;-) However if you feel there is a legit problem, don't be afraid to ask your doctor. A mother's instinct is better than a doctors opinion any day.

Lora - posted on 03/31/2009

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Thanks, Kim! I wish we were back in the day when babies weren't on a timeline to develop by certain degrees at specified times. Now it's so stressful trying to make sure your baby hits all the "milestones." did u crawl? if she were crawling I would feel so much better, but she has no interest b/c she figured out how to get around on her butt. She is just a happy baby who loves to sit, play, and scuttle-butt around.

Kim - posted on 03/31/2009

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She will walk when ready.  I was 2 before i walked my mom actually took me to dr and he told her i would walk when ready and i did that night!!  Now i get told to slow down when walking with friends and at work so just give her time.

Cherisa - posted on 03/30/2009

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my son wasn't walking on his own until he was 19 mos.  I freaked out, as well, even though doctors assured me there was nothing wrong.  They were right!  He's just a laid-back, cautious kid!  He's now 4 years old...still a little cautious, but is very rambunctious-runs, jumps, and plays with all the other kids his age!

Lora - posted on 03/30/2009

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Danielle, thank you so much for your help...YOU ROCK, too. I will let you know if my request for a 3rd day is denied (I'm pretty sure it will go through b/c her therapist requested it and I have a prescription from another specialist for a 3rd day). it's the insurance company giving us the shaft. We are in the appeal process and have submitted 4 doctor reports stating that Ava's PT is mandatory for her development. Their policy is not to cover any therapy unless it's due to surgery or trauma at birth. My birth was textbook, it doesn't qualify. We are prepared to take it as far as we can, THEY WILL COVER HER PT if i have anything to say about it and they probably will need psychological therapy after I am done with them! LOL

Danielle - posted on 03/30/2009

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i work with a family that has had to PUSH to get state funded aid for thier child who was diagnosed on the autism spectrum. If you are interested I can get her contact info for you so she can let you know the steps she took (State offered 11 hrs. of "floor time" therapy and she ended up getting 40 hrs of ABA therapy....she amazes me). Keep going and DON'T for a SECOND feel bad...YOU are doing what YOU should be doing and your child will benifit in ways you may never even know. I can't say enough how amazing it is that you pushed when you did....most just shrug and say O.K. when no one listens to ther concerns. YOU ROCK!!

Lora - posted on 03/30/2009

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Rhonda, thank you , too for your kind words! your little ones are precious and, you're right, they will be fine. We all take our own path and our little girls have decided to take the scenic route :)

Lora - posted on 03/30/2009

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Thank you, Danielle, for your kind words! I am also a teacher (middle school) so I see first hand what happens to kids when their parents refuse to see any problems with their child. Drives me mad...how could anyone deny their child the help that they deserve? I cannot fathom that way of thinking.



I have been searching for an answer when I noticed that she wasn't rolling by7 months and not pulling up by 9 months. Her doc kept telling me she was "chunky" and harder for her. At 11 months I pushed again and he said wait until 12 months. Then at 12 months suggested PT. I love her pediatrician for other reasons, but I feel he could've been more proactive with her diagnosisi. Now I am kicking myself for not pushing harder for PT earlier on (he said she would not have qualified). Anyway, I can only go forward and I am taking any and all lead with regards to this issue. She only receives 2 days of EI from the state and I send her to private PT on my own 3 days a week (which our insurance refuses to pay---another battle). Now I have put in a request for a 3rd day from the state. Hopefully, with all the PT she will walk by 2. It's very scary, but helps to talk about it. Thank you!!!

Rhonda - posted on 03/30/2009

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Hi Lora - my daughter also has symptoms of hypotonia as well as hypertonia - meaning weak muscle tone yet spactic at time (stiff) - we knew from the time she was 2 mths old so she's been getting therapy since then - she's turning 1 in two weeks - she has a twin brother who is leaps and bounds ahead of her and it's sad to see him leave her behind. She's still not sitting up on her own yet and puts no real pressure on her arms and legs to try and crawl. Her therapists tell me that they think she will be fine by the time she is 3 yrs old and that makes me so happy since her neurologist told me that she could either be normal or never walk or talk yet it's still sad to see her lag behind. but just remember that your daughter WILL get there and that's the most important part!

Danielle - posted on 03/30/2009

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First I would like to say GOOD FOR YOU!! I have worked with children for over 20 years and so many parents don't get the services their child needs until it is too late. It looks like you are on the ball and you child is benifiting from that!! GOOD JOB!

I have worked with many children with developmental delays and all the success stories have one thing in common: Parents who speak, and speak strongly, for thier child!! You are on the right path....I know it's HARD! I am sorry I don't have personal experience to share with you, because I know that is what you are looking for, but I just had to tell you that you should be very proud of yourself for fighting for your child!! Bless you and your little one!!!!!!!

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