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tortoiseSHELL Mon 03-Sep-07 14:49:05

Ds2 is 16 months, and is not walking yet - I'm not worried yet, he's making progress in that he can now eventually crawl, having rolled everywhere up till now. He's very small for his age (about 22lb). He is just starting to pull up on furniture. The HV noticed this week when she popped round that his left leg is very stiff - if you hold his hands, he'll walk with a big stride upwards with a bent knee with his right leg, then a stagger with a straight left leg (very badly described).

Is this something he'll grow out of? Thanks!

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tissy Mon 03-Sep-07 20:53:16

tortoiseshell, you need to get your ds looked at by a doctor. It may be nothing (some children do very funny walks when just starting to get mobile), but what you're describing to me sounds like it could be a problem with the hip. At that age the only way to be sure would be an X-ray.

Slubberdegullion Mon 03-Sep-07 20:53:22

Hi smile.

Really difficult to say without actually seeing your ds do it.

A trip to the GP is absolutely fine if you have concerns. Infants do develop unusual methods of moving themselves about until they have perfected the walking technique.

If your GP has concerns then they will usually refer to paeds and physio.


tortoiseSHELL Mon 03-Sep-07 21:02:16

Thanks - I did wonder about the hip tissy. HV said to wait till 18 months and see if he still isn't walking, but I will keep an eye on him, and if it doesn't seem to improve take him to GP. Poor boy, he's already under referral for a weepy eye, which may or may not need intervention.

tissy Mon 03-Sep-07 21:09:12

if there is a hip problem, it won't necesssarily stop him walking. I wouldn't wait, I would take him to the GP, and voice your concerns- if there is a hip problem, the sooner the orthopaedic surgeon knows about it, the easier it is to treat.

tortoiseSHELL Mon 03-Sep-07 21:42:35

You're probably right tissy. Will read up a bit, and see how ds2 goes - if there's any likelihood of that then I will take him! Thanks for your response!

tissy Mon 03-Sep-07 21:52:53

I am right wink

tortoiseSHELL Tue 04-Sep-07 20:59:28

ok, will take him to GP once kids are back at school! Thanks again!

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