Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: kitkat | 2008-10-31

Q.

baby born clubfooted still not walking

my baby was born with complex bilateral talipes and has had a successful correction using the Ponsetti method. However she is still not walking and she' s now 15months. She cruises when holding onto something, and will stand as long as she is holding onto something. We had her check up with the orthopaed who is very happy with her feet and tried to reassure me that some babies just walk later than others. He did mention though if I was still worried I could get her checked out by the paed, but he was happy with her. Am I being paranoid - should I take her to be checked out? She seems perfectly healthy and happy otherwise.

Thanks

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

You need not apologise for being concerned.The fact is that most babies start walking at around 13 or 14 months.However many do not walk until 17 or 18 months. Possibly the reason for a slight delay with your baby may be her correction operation for her bilatreal club feet.She seems to be doing very well now. The orthopaedic surgeon is very happy with her.I presume that her hips have been scanned and she does not have any congenital hip dislocation. It is probably not necessary to see a paediatrician just yet. Give your little girl up to 2 more months and if she is still not walking then please see your paediatrician.

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