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18 month old not crawling or walking etc

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oxfordemma78 Sat 01-Nov-08 23:42:22

Hi our daughter is 18 months old, she is not turning over when on her back, hates tummy time, she is not weight bearing at all. she does not crawl or walk at all. she can sit up on her own and bottom shuffles using her hands, not her legs. please help Thanks Emma

liahgen Sat 01-Nov-08 23:44:16

take her to gp's if she will not weight bear at all.

my almost 18 mth old has just started walking and i think she has a dislocated hip but noone will listen to me. sad

i hope she is ok, (your dd)

castlesintheair Sat 01-Nov-08 23:49:15

Go and see your GP and get a referral to a paediatrician just to be on the safe side. DS didn't crawl, he bum-shuffled but with his legs (not sure how it works with hands). He didn't weight bear either. He walked at 22 months shock. He's absolutely fine now (age 6) and you would never know. He is or was slighty hypermobile (double jointed) which often explains late walkers.

liahgen Sat 01-Nov-08 23:50:07

castles what does that mean? Hypermobile

castlesintheair Sat 01-Nov-08 23:52:52

Double jointed so I believe. Joints are not stiff enough and some physical things can be harder like walking, riding a bike. Apparently they start stiffening up around 6/7.

lisad123 Sat 01-Nov-08 23:56:45

My dd was a bum shuffler and they are nearly aways late walkers. HV explained they are already upright so can see all, so no need to walk. MY DD never crawl and didnt walk till she was 2! I would take her to GP and check, but dont panic yet. HTH

lisad123 Sat 01-Nov-08 23:57:35

DD2 is 14 months and showing no signs of wanting to walk either.

iolaxx Fri 14-Nov-08 19:18:39

hiya emma, im in exactly the same situation as you, my daughter has just turned 18 months and doesnt roll over when on her belly, doesnt crawl or walk, just bum shuffles! ia m going to take her to the health visitor on tuesday to see what they suggest! have you been to the health visitor or GP? if so what have they said?

Iola

Clayhead Fri 14-Nov-08 19:21:32

Both my dc were bum shufflers. dd walked at 18 month and ds was more like 22 months. He is 5 now and you'd never know!

Bum shufflers are often later walkers; one reason is that they can carry things in their hands, unlike crawlers.

popsycal Fri 14-Nov-08 19:21:45

one of my nieces qwas like this
bum shuffled using hands
no crawling no walking no weight bearing
took first steps at 20 months
now at 23 months she iis walking like all her peers

Reallytired Fri 14-Nov-08 19:34:08

I think you need a referal to a paediatric physio and a community paediatrian. It is good that she can sit up and bum shufflers are often late learning walk. I would be a bit concerned that she is not bearing weight. Can she pull herself to standing with support? My son used to pull himself up on furniture at that age although he could not stand unaided at 18 months.

My son took his first steps at 20 months. He was late because he had orthopedic problems. He had orthoric inserts and we did daily stretching exercises. He was under an NHS physio for 18 months and if you saw him now you would never guess he had problems.

msupa Thu 04-Aug-11 20:29:54

I am joining now several years later after this thread was started. I am wondering how everyone is doing. My son was a late walker. Like oxfordemma78 he wasn''t crawling, hated tummy time and didn't walk (though could stand holding on to things and bottomshuffle using his right leg) at the age of 18 months. I was worried sick.
I saw a physio privately when he was about 21 months and just started to crawl. She was very reassuring and though there was not much special I could do, she figured what the problem was - lax ligaments, slightly low muscle tone and a big head. he was way to wobbly basically. He started walking at 25 months and has been walking for over a year now. He is still clumsy and can't get up and down the stairs without holding onto bannisters, but boy we are jsut so relieved he started doing things and catching up. We are still seeing that same physio but now on the NHS as we moved house and he is accessed periodically by the development paediatrician. It's hard when your kid is behind, but it doesn't always have to mean a big medical problem.

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