Childhood Diseases

Posted by: AD | 2012/02/02


Won''t walk

My daughter is 16 months and she refuses to walk on her own. She will walk only if we hold her hand. But I can feel she is walking with her own strenght. As soon as I pull out my finger from her hand she sits down.

How can I help her start walking without being scared?


Expert's Reply



This is very common at your daughter's age. She is getting ready to walk soon.Stand a short dustance away from her and try to get her to walk towards you. Make a game of it. Give her lots of praise if she takes a few steps on her own.

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Posted by: Gail | 2012/02/10

My first son held on to things for ages and walked around that way. He finally let go at about 18 months. My second son didn''t crawl at all except sitting on his bum and using his legs to move around. He held on for about a week at 10 months and then one day he stood up in the passage and ran the whole length and became a nightmare. He had no fear and he took awful risks but broke no bones. First son in the other hand had 5 boken arms a greenstick fracture of one leg and lost his big front teeth twice, not to mention stithes from jumping backwards and forwards into pools etc. He had a curious gait which was more irritating than anything and at 10 I finally took him with me to an ortho when my 3rd son was very young and just starting to walk and it transpired that he had a double curvature of the spine called scoliosis and Kaiphosis. This no doubt is why he took so long to start with and was so accident prone. Unfortunately it affected his musculature and correcting it was very painful and so today at 37 he is finally having to do various physio dictated exercises.

I mention this because they don''t seem to do the clinic checks at school anymore and you might want to just have a spinal check done now so it an be corrected while he is still young. It may be nothing as bad as that but prevention is better than cure.

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Posted by: Michael | 2012/02/10

I''m no expert but when my own children were at that stage the advice we were given was to let them crawl for as long as possible - it gives them all sorts of skills they need as part of their development. They''ll get up and walk the moment they are ready for it. It''s tempting to get them up before they''re for it, leading to other problems that can arise later on.

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Posted by: Gail | 2012/02/10

She will walk when she is ready. Don''t push her. There is nothing ''wrong'' or ''dumb'' about a child not walking, so don''t listen to other people.
Trust me, you''ll be wishing in a few months that you were back here when she is into everything and you can''t keep track of her. Each child develops at his/her own rate.

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Posted by: Annie | 2012/02/10

Get het a dolly pram to push her dolls in. She forgets that she cannot walk because she is too interested in pushing the pram. It worked for my daughter.

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Posted by: Purple | 2012/02/03

She just needs to gain some confidence. One day she will just let go and walk, and when she''s 3 and you wish she would hold your hand she will be running off from you at the shops.

You can get her one of those trolleys with blocks in it to push around or one of those upright walkers (not a walking ring) to push around which might give her some confidence.

I noticed with my son that he would walk outside on the grass quite happily, but after one fall on our tiles he wouldn''t walk inside for about a week.

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