Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Jenny | 2010/10/26


not walking

Hi Dr
My daughter-in-law who is 23 yrs old, was born with disposable hips (? she says the ball joints of her hips only started growing after she was born) she was in plaster of paris for 3 years. She is fully recovered, but my grand daughter who is 16 months old at the end of this month is not walking, or even crawling, when we hold her by her hands to let her walk by herself, she wobbles around alot. She was at our gp about 3 months ago and he said she should be walking within 2 months but to be fair he isn''t aware of the mom''s history. In every other way she is normal, doesn''t spend a lot of time in her walking ring (maybe an hour in the morning &  hour in the afternoon), is cutting her teeth normally, eats well, drinks lots of fluid (is still breast fed) weighs 11 - 12kg''s. She seems to be very supple in her legs, can lie on the bed on her back and by herself opens her legs that each leg is flat on the bed on either side, that sounds all wrong, but she could do the splits without any effort.
I''m sure I am panicing for nothing but would rather be safe than sorry. What do you think

Expert's Reply



It is unfortunately a possibility that your granddaughter also has congentital dislocation of her hips [hip dysplasia] This condition may be inherited.I am not all that worried about the fact that she is not walking yet but you mention that she is very wobbly when trying to walk and seems to be able to hold her legs apart more than is usual. She should definitely have an ultrasound examination of her hips as a first step in trying to make sure that she does not have congenital dislocation of her hips.It would be best if she started off by being seen by a paediatrician.She should not be using a walking ring at this stage.

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Posted by: Purple | 2010/10/26

Walking rings can delay walking so its probably best not to have her in the walking ring at all.

Not all babies crawl, but it can be helpful to put something bright and shiny just out of her reach so that she can try to make a grab for it and actually have to move to get there.

Perhaps it is best for your daughter in law to take her to the peadiatrician for a check up, but if your grandaughter had the same condition - would it not have been picked up either on a scan or by the peadiatricain when baby was born?

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