Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Michmich | 2010/07/01


15 months still not walking

My Son is 15 months now but has not started waliking, he only hold thing in the house and walk with their support I am loosing patient what must i do to help him start walking??

Expert's Reply



Do not be concerned. Your son is trying to walk and should do so soon. Many children only start walking at about 17 months.

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Posted by: Lynn | 2010/07/05

I agree with doc.Not to worry my son started walking on 18 months therefore I understand your worry. Best of luck!!

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Posted by: Purple | 2010/07/02

The average age for walking is 14 months, so some children will walk before this and some will walk after this. There are children who only start walking at 16 or 17 months.
You only need dto worry if he is not pulling himself up and walking holding on to things, or is slower on all his developmental milestones.

There isn''t anything you can do to make him walk.
However, if you have used a walking ring, this can delay walking and also cause problems with the way he will walk (on his toes) as it uses the wrong muscles for walking. If he was in a walking ring a lot, then his core muscles will be weak from not crawling enough and from not doing the cross motion with his arms and legs, which delays walking but also causes problems with being able to sit up straight when at school and with being able to form letters properly. If you go on your hands and knees with him and do a lot of crawling games you can build up his core muscles and it will help.

Sometimes its just a confidence thing before they take their first steps.
I got my son one of those trolleys with bricks in it (wooden) and he used to whizz around walking behind that and then one day just let it go and walked two steps. He walked on the grass outside for about a week before he took steps on the tiles inside. He was ten months when he started walking, his cousin was 15 months when she started walking, and my aunt was 19 months when she started walking (she''s never been a sporty person though, but she''s in her 60''s now and is still wlaking fine).

When they walk has got nothing to do with intelligence, so don''t panic.

Your child is cruising around with the furniture so it won''t be long now.
In the days before they take their first steps, they often crawl with their legs up straight and their bum in the air rather than on their knees.

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Posted by: P | 2010/07/02

Hi. Does he have a walking ring? Try standing a couple of steps away from him holding one of his favourite toys/food and try to entice him to come and get it, even if you''re just a step away from him and then move back a little until he has taken 2 or 3 steps. All the best.

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