not walking yet?

Erin - posted on 05/02/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )

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my son turned 20 months on the 28th and is still not walking...his specialist wants to get a scan of his head done if he is not walking in 3 months time when he sees him next...should it really start getting that drastic yet? anyone else out there with a 20 month old not walking yet?

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Sonya - posted on 05/03/2011

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Maybe it's the shoes. I know a little guy who walked later and it was because he needed orthopedic shoes. Learned about that at physio. Once he got those shoes, he was up and walking/running! Good luck.

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Tiffany - posted on 05/05/2011

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I only know one 20 month old not walking, but she has other dev delays as well. she doesnt speak or crawl or respond to commands... etc. Does your son have the same issues? Or does he seem fine mentally? If not, I would be concerned enough to make sure his specialist gets on it right away, as I would think it is cerebral palsy - otherwise, if its just that he crawls but doesnt walk, speaks a bit and understands you, then I wouldnt get too worried just yet.

My daughter was an early walker, 12 months, and running the jungle gyms by 16 months lol so I cant relate, but I can give advice only on what I've seen being a mom and an early childhood educator (in training lol)

Veronica - posted on 05/04/2011

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my son didn't walk till he was 21 months old unassisted the drs first step was an ortho specialist and xrays of the lower body turned out he had hip dysplasia a few weeks in pt and he was walking and is now a healthy almost 10 yr old boy with no problem he was like your son crawled early walked holding things ect. I would see about less extreme things before going right into a CT IF everything else is ok good luck

Beverley - posted on 05/03/2011

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Hi My little guy was born @ 32wks & has had some other problems & surgery, walking wasn't really a main priority, he wasn't walking @ 21mths his pediatrician refered us to the physio team, Max has got Hypotonic lower limb ( basically over flexible) he has been to a physio kids group 6 times & starting hydrotherapy in 2 weeks, he walked for his 2 birthday on the 16th April, he gets very tired easily & is still lacking muscle tone but in his calves but every day he is getting more confident, he still falls over alot & does the silly walk when he's tired but a massive improvement, message back if you want to. Bev

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If he's doing all that then I wouldn't worry, but it's still worth checking out like you are doing. :)

Erin - posted on 05/02/2011

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He can crawl no problems n was crawling at 7 months which i was told was early, he can walk holding onto furniture and someones fingers but he does it tiptoed some of the time, he is perfect with everything else its just his walking. Taking him to early intervention next week to see what they can do to help.

Christine - posted on 05/02/2011

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yes, get him checked. That is a late developement.What other symptoms/delays are there? have they checked his hips? Me neice had dispalcia that was not diagnosed till 18 months.

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I didn't walk til 18 months. 'Normal' (yeah, what's normal) range is 9-18 months.

I'd definitely be worried at 20 months and want to find some answers, but I also had 3 early walkers.

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Was a ct scan the 1st or only option? What CAN your child do e.g. does he crawl/bum shuffle/ walk while holding onto someone's hand etc? My son walked at 19 months and there was concern about why he took so long to be independent especially as he would walk holding someone's finger from about 12 months. He is now a very bright 6 year old but we have had a string of therapies mostly physios and OTs because of problems with balance and sensory integration. This has an effect on school work because gross motor has to be in place before fine motor control (using a pencil, sissors etc) can develop. Looking back, the age he walked at wasn't an issue in itself but it was the first indication that there were other issues that would need a bit of support for him to reach his potential.

Louise - posted on 05/02/2011

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I think 20 months is now to long. My eldest son did not walk until he was 17 months and that was late. I would not want to wait another 3 months really. Go back to the GP and tell him you are concerned about this and get the scan brought forward. It may be something really simple like under developed muscles which would need physio on to help him strengthen his legs. Don't panic yet but don't be fobbed off either ask for these checks to be done now. Your son can then get the help he needs.

Constance - posted on 05/02/2011

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Erin, With the fact that he is 20 monthes old then yes getting the scan done is a good thing. If something is wrong you want to know what is going on. Have you tried physical theripy? That might also help him. It did with my daughter but she was diagniosed with her bith defect when see was about a month old. She has had several scan and she will have another sedated MRI this wednesday. I will find out if she will be scheduled for another surgery. The younge they are when you find out that something my be wrong the more of chance of getting it fixed or management.

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