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DD (11 months) will not put her feet down but does the splits!

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Gem13 Fri 21-Jan-05 21:23:48

She is my second child while I am not worried my (good) HV said at her 8 month check she would want to see her if she was still not weight bearing at 11 months. Which she isn't!

DD had her hips checked by ultrasound at 10 weeks because her bottom creases were unequal and the consultant said both hips were fine.

DS used to 'stand' when being burped, at every opportunity really and was quite a rigid boy. DD on the other hand is more monkey-like.

She is moving around not crawling but bottom shuffling with one leg at the side the other tucked under her.

If she is on her tummy she pushes herself up, brings her legs round by doing the splits and then she is sitting!

If I put her on the floor from being on my hip she puts her legs straight out at the side so that her bottom is the first thing to touch the floor.

I don't want to be neglectful in this but I don't want to be caught up in unnecessary hospital appointments (I think HV will send me off there hence my reluctance to go and see her just yet) when we have already been told her hips are ok.

Anyone else had a similar experience?

lilsmum Sat 22-Jan-05 07:47:23

just an idea, but could it be something with her knees? i have something with my knees that allows me to do things "normal" people cant do not the splits, but cant sit in some very strange positions!!, hasnt caused me any probs with walking (asked my mum i walked at 12mth, my dd is 12 mth on weds and she doesnt do anything like that, i think it might be worth still talking to your g.p


milge Sat 22-Jan-05 09:32:45

Sounds very much like my dd - she was eventually diagonosed, if you can call it that, with hypermobility and hypotonia - low muscle tone. She didn't weight bear until 18m and isn't walking yet at 2.4. You will join the inevitable trail round paeds etc, but should push for physiotherapy who should organise Piedro boots for your dd, which should helpher stabilise her ankle joints. Paeds tell me that if a baby/child is sitting unsupported by 2, then s/he should walk and have caught up by 5-10. I had visions of dd in a wheelchair, but now i can see that she will eventually walk, albeit that she will do it when she is ready, and not before. My dd comes down the slide in the splits position, quite makes my eyes water. Was she extended breech by any chance? its very common in babies who are, and dd sleeps with her feet almost touching her shoulders, just like she was in utero. hth

Gem13 Sun 23-Jan-05 20:40:29

Thanks for your replies. It might be her knees and that is one thing I'm going to have to check out.

I looked up hypermobility and hypotonia but it doesn't sound like her and she was sitting pretty early and never had a floppy head. She's always been pretty strong like that.

I'll give it another month and then get her seen by the HV.

Frizbe Sun 23-Jan-05 20:49:40

Gem don't give it another month, go now, because if somthing does need doing, it needs doing sooner rather than later, my dd had hipdislapsia, which was missed at birth, but luckily caught a month later, and she ended up in the pavlik harness for 4 months, which wasn't nice, but it could and would have been a lot worse if it wasn't for my GP spotting it on a routine check, so don't delay, for both of your sakes.

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