Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Alina vd Westhuizen | 2010/01/07


Slow motric development in baby

We have a 19 months old boy and he is still walking holding our hand. ( can walk on his own yet ).We do kinetoterapy with him. The doctor say his motric development is around a 10 months old boy.
He was born at 38 week trough caeseraen ( he was breech ). 2800 grammes and 47,5 cm.
At 3 weeks we went to the hospital with him because he was loosing weight ( was 2500 grammes ) and he was eating very littel, reafusing food in the end. In the hospital he was fed artificial for 2 days and struggel to pick up weight. After 2 weeks we came out of the hospital and his weight was 2800 grammes. He struggel to pick up weight. At 1 year his weight was 8,5 kg and now is 10 Kg.
He was sittitng uo right around 6-7 months , leaper crawling at 1 year, crawling at 1,3 year and around 1,4 year starting to want to take steps holding our hands.
Now he is able to stand up and down, walk along furniture, climbing up furniture, bed , couch.
He is very sociable and friendly kid. He is also very active.

What are the possible causes of slow development in babies / infants ?
What advise you can give us?

Thank you,

Expert's Reply



Your son was born 2 weeks earlier than expected and has had problems in gaining weight since birth. His present weight is still well below average for a boy of 19 months which is 11.2kg.He sat at thge right time, but his crawling stage was delayed and his walking has been delayed.His development is certainly more advanced than a 10 month old baby but he should have been walking by now.He seems happy and well in other ways. The problems are developmental delay and problems with weight gain. Your son needs to be seen by a paediatrician and a careful developmental assessment needs to be done. In addition he needs to be carefully assessed for his slow weight gain. Conditions such as Coeliac disease and other nutritional conditions need to be carefully excluded by the paediatrician.Please let me know about your son's progress.

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Posted by: Alina vd Westhuizen | 2010/01/10

Dear Paediatrician,

Thank you for your reply.
We will take him for kinetoterapy but we gonna consult with a paediatrician for sure.
We keep you posted.

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