Childhood Diseases

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Posted by: Angie | 2012-09-13

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13 Months and now walking yet

Hi Doctor,
My son is 13 months and he is not walking yet. He is my first child so i am not really sure if im worrying for nothing. He walks aroind with a walker and holds on to things and walk. I can hold his hand or he hold my finger and walks but as soon as i let the hand go, he sits or goes down and crawl instead. Problem is, my inlaws are putting me under so much pressure with comments like, in their family no child gets to 12 months without walking. It is so painful and makes me worry even more. Is is too early to worry about this? how can i help/encourage him to walk?

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

You are doing more than enough already to assist your baby son to start walking. Most children only start walking at 13 or 14 months. Your son is already showing some encouraging signs that he is getting ready to walk.So just be patient, he will be walking quite soon.

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Posted by: R | 2012-09-13

Don''t worry, your child will walk. If you start allowing those people to pressurise you now, imagine what its going to be like for the next 20 years of your childs life. Nxa!
Just ignore them, or tell them off. Every child different.
My first is now 5yrs and only walked after 14 months. A beautiful boy. The only problem we have is growing pains.

My second is now 9 months and has no teeth yet, Its funny to see him chew everything, he will eat anyting in my hands, yet he has no teeth. I realise its taking longer to come out and am not worried. I will let him go through his milestones at his own pace, he may walk earlier than his brother, or it may even take longer.
Good luck.

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