my 20month old wont walk

Fiona - posted on 05/29/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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she;s 20months old and has no confiedence in walking we've tried bribing her with chocolate and it doesnt work/ she walks pushing things around but not on her own she's too scared. any suggestions would be very greatful

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Fiona - posted on 05/30/2009

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thank-you for all your advice. We have taken her to the doctor today who has given us a referral to see the pedeatrician and requested for some physio. All of your suggestions have been fantastic.

Eileen - posted on 05/29/2009

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If she walks pushing things, give her time. All kids start milestones differently. My duaghter didn't talk for the longest time. When she did start, she was so verbal. When she does start walking, Watch out!

Heather - posted on 05/29/2009

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I agree with having your daughter screened. My daughter was having walking issues herself and we had her screened through the infant/toddler program our county provides. It was free for her to get assessed and extremely helpful. The specialists were so friendly and helpful which made the process less stressful. After the assessment we found out that she was eligible for services through the county to include orthotics (which were free for us). She has low muscle tone (the medical term is hypotonia), pronates in (rolling in on your arches) and also hyperextends her knees. The orthotics has helped her stop all of these habits and also taught her how to walk correctly. She is definitely much more confident when she walks. Maybe try a favorite toy, book or object (like a TV remote) instead of food to entice her. Check out your county's website and see what services are offered to infants and toddlers. Good luck!

Sheilah - posted on 05/29/2009

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I'm not sure where you are located, but, Early Intervention is free in the United States. A specialist will come out and evaluate the baby and if neccessary, provide physical theraphy services free of charge.

I would follow up with the ped on this.

Good luck!!

Melina - posted on 05/29/2009

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My son had trouble crawling so the child health nurse gave me a referral to a physiotherapist. The service was free and very helpful!!!! I would suggest visiting your local Child health centre.

Melina - posted on 05/29/2009

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My son had trouble crawling so the child health nurse gave me a referral to a physiotherapist. The service was free and very helpful!!!! I would suggest visiting your local Child health centre.

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