Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Jenny | 2011-04-29


not walking

Hi, maybe I am panicking for nothing, my grand daughter is 22 months old and is still not walking, she crawls in a fashion, rocks along on her stomach, when her mom holds her by her hands to let her " walk"  her legs are very shaky and wobbly. She has been to a specialist, although I am not sure which kind, about 5 months ago and they couldn''t find anything wrong with her. She also only says about 3 words. I suspect that her mom might have snorted cocaine while she was pregnant, and when I googled the prognosis of the baby it is just too close for comfort, unpredictable sleeping patterns, difficulty with feeding, irratable, delayed language development, poor fine motor development, development delays, other symptom is atypical social interactions (not sure what this means) to say that I am worried is an under statement, could these symptons be typical for anything else ... that maybe doesn''t include the mom doing drugs? Do you have any suggestions, I am so lost
thank you

Expert's Reply



This is a brilliant question. You have done much research on this subject already. Your little granddaughter is definitely behind with her milestones especially her walking and speech. This could well be due to her mother using drugs like cocaine and possibly other drugs as well which can cause delayed development in the children of the drug user as one of the most important side effects. I doubt there could be another reason unless there were any problems during the birth of your granddaughter. She really needs to be assessed by a paediatrician with experience in developmental assessment. It may be best to take her to see a paediatric neurologist as soon as possible.

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