Is it normal for a child to be incredibly clumsy?

Jayme - posted on 05/26/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 20 months old and has fallen down twice in the last 3 days and today ran right into our entertainment center and busted her lip. I am just wondering if it is normal for a child to be clumsy or get these bumps and bruises or if maybe we need to get her eyes checked. She has always gotten little bumps and bruises, but in the last week it seems to have gotten worse.

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Elizabeth - posted on 05/28/2010

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My daughter now 7 has always been clumsy falling over and she had perfect eyesight never had a problem with her ears she has always got bruises from tripping over her own feet or tripping over things some kids are just like that I was a child too so I think she just inherited it from me.

Alisha - posted on 05/26/2010

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my son is three and he recently split his head open from jumpin on my bed, he gets bruises and bumps at least twice a week my doctor said its nothing to worry about that its normal childhood experience but if you are really worried there is no harm in getting your child's eyes checked out, also if you are really worried about the bruises get a blood test done for a Hemophilia ( which is a blood disorder where the blood doesnt clot properly ) also it might be a middle ear infection which can be treated by antibiotics from your doctor/chemist

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Becca - posted on 05/28/2010

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Before I had my son I worked in the two year old room at a daycare.From my experience our young two-year olds were very clumsy and not very coordinated so I would expect a younger child to be even less coordinated. Part of learning to walk, run, climb, jump, etc. is falling down or misjudging what they were capable of doing. For some of our children getting through the day with out minor mishaps or injuries was rare. However, a sudden increase in clumsiness can sometimes indicate the onset of an infection and should be checked out.

Kate - posted on 05/28/2010

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My daughter is 22 1/2 months and is incredibly clumsy. She is constantly running into things and falling over. I think at this age she just forgets to look where she is going. Just 2 nights ago she ran right off the porch when she was going to greet her daddy when he got home from work. If I were you I wouldn't worry about it too much.

Cassandra - posted on 05/28/2010

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Along with the ears... sense of balance is maintained within the eardrums... if there is a deformation in the inner ear, balance will be affected. Have that checked too. And most children at that age are disapportioned, meaning that their head is bigger than their body. They grow into their head as they age. Completely normal.

Jayme - posted on 05/26/2010

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Thank you. I am not as worried about her hearing as she just got tubes in her ears and her hearing has been checking out normal again. Her sight does worry me a little bit, but she does seem to just not pay attention to things as she is just trying to do everything at once. I am probably going to ask her doctor and see what they think.

Danielle - posted on 05/26/2010

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I would get her checked.
It sounds similar to the problems my mother had with myself when I was younger.
It turned out that my ear canals were so small that I couldn't hear properly for the first year. This, coupled with the realization that I am also legally blind in my left eye, impaired my balance.
My mother took me to a doctor and they did extensive ear tests, which prepared them for the realization that I could be deaf if I didn't show progress with my hearing. Fortunately, It was not permanent and can hear, but because my eye problem wasn't diagnosed later into toddler-hood (I was still running into walls and spontaneously falling off chairs) there was nothing they could do to improve my already failing eyesight.
I don't want to scare you. It could be that she was distracted and just took a spill, but it wouldn't hurt to get it checked in my opinion.
Hope this helps.
Go with your gut feeling, Obviously, you would know better than strangers on the Internet. You're the one who knows her best.

Rosemarie - posted on 05/26/2010

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my dr told me that it was completely normal my kid always runs in to things or trips and ends up with a bruise and you could sit their and tell them to stop standing on things or watch where theire going but she keeps doing it anyways and you would thank that once your child gets hurt they would stop doing that but they wont it's just something you have to help them keep learning not to do those things even if they just keep doing it just tell them no and try to prevent it from happening thats all you can do because the doctor said it's just normal and it wouldnt hurt to get her eyes checks if your worried about her eye sight

Lauren - posted on 05/26/2010

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Both my kids can b clumsy,my son who is 4 in a cpl mths wil have moments wen he just Isnt concentrating an walk/run into things an my daughter who is 2 an a half manages to fall over herself All the time!! Its nothing to worry about,kids just have alot ov stuff they r learnin an try doin things too fast some times, its all apart of them growin up and exploring the world.

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