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inadreamworld Sat 04-May-13 23:26:29

My DD aged 2 is hypermobile. She crawled at 12 months and didn't pull to stand until 21 months. Now aged just 2 she is walking on her own at last. Some lovely Mumsnetters saw my other thread and sent me some 2nd hand Piedro boots. She walks quite confidently with the boots on but without them she can walk a few steps but then goes back to walking on her knees again. Also without the boots her ankles bend to the side when she walks so her walk is a bit funny looking.

So I am asking anyone with a hypermobile child - how long will she need the boots for? Will her ankles straighten out on their own and is there anything I can do to help her?

When she goes to nursery/school will she be classed as having SEN? We have seen the pediatrician and physio and she has no other special needs - only hypermoblity which is mainly in the ankles.

CouthySaysEatChoccyEggs Sat 04-May-13 23:59:55

Simple things - climbing, kicking balls, pedalling a trike or bike, scooters, and swimming is REALLY good, as it supports their joints.

I won't lie, DS2 still has severe issues, DD not so much though. DS3 the jury's out on, he's still just 2yo.

DS2 has very severe HMS though, couldn't walk till 3y7mo, wearing Piedro's till 6yo, then a break for a few years, now got worse (because of lack of Physio / OT / orthotics) and is back under all of them and getting orthotic shoe inserts again, at 9y6mo.

inadreamworld Sun 05-May-13 22:04:08

Thanks Couthy I haven't taken her swimming in ages so will do that in the summer. Does hypermobility run in your family? No one else in either mine or my husbands family has it (not that I know of anyway) so I didn't even know it exited until DD was 18 months and the paediatrician mentioned it. Your son must have been so frustrated not being able to walk until 3 years old. I know DD was desperate to walk and the boots have made that possible. When was your DS2 able to walk properly without the boots?

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