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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: Sue | 2007/07/15

Q.

Girl, 15mo, not walking

Hi

My daughter's just turned 15 months & is not walking. She's been "cruising" since she was about 10 months & crawled at 7 months and I kind of expected her to be walking already. She crawls fast (this is an objective assessment from her teacher at creche), has about 20-25 words & a clear understanding of what we say most of the time. She's able to thread large wooden beads on shoelaces, do "peg puzzles" & turn book pages. I know these are fine motor skills, but she's also able to play roll a ball between you and her with some degree of accuracy, she can walk if you hold one hand (although she seems reluctant to do this), & just recently she's taken a few steps unaided. This happened maybe a week ago, but I see no consistent practise at this & the steps were taken almost unconciously. She seems fine & I keep telling myself that she's just taking her time. Am I wrong? (PS: She was full term).
Thanks

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

She sounds like a very happy little girl whose milestones for the large part have been ahead of time.Children start to walk at any from 12 to 18 months of age, so I am not at all worried about her.

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