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I need advice on my 18 month old

my 18 month old isnt really walking by himself he only says a few words and only has 5 teeth have any of u had this with your kids before please help dont know what to do

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Asked by yankeegirl87 at 8:00 PM on Feb. 8, 2011 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • take him to the docs they can tell u whats wrong was he early at all

    Answer by shorty2088 at 8:01 PM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • Have you had his hearing checked? Sometimes inner ear problems can affect walking, and if he can't hear, talking would be an issue.

    Answer by BabyBugsmama at 8:02 PM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • he was 6 wks early

    Comment by yankeegirl87 (original poster) at 8:02 PM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • It's okay that's he's not really walking by himself. Every child progresses and develops at different rates. Some children are terrified to walk on their own, but if you encourage them and give them insentive (like a toy) they'll eventually decide to go for it.

    As far as teeth goes that's something that is as well per individual child. Some children have a full mouth of teeth before they're one, whereas others only have a few. If they're coming in naturally and he hasn't had any issues then he should be fine.

    Talking is another thing that some children take a while to do. It's important to keep encouraging them to talk. Not only by talking to them using the proper words for things, but as well by asking them to repeat and use the words as well. He'll come around, just give him time. Nothing is garunteed by a year old.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 8:02 PM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • idk about the walking but my almost 18 month old dosen't talk much either, he says a few words and can say more but he just chooses not to lol all babies develop differently, as long as his ped isn't worried about his walking, i wouldn't be either :)

    Answer by josiesmommy00 at 8:03 PM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • he has had 2 ear infections but has i know of his hearing is good

    Comment by yankeegirl87 (original poster) at 8:04 PM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • Talk to your pediatrician . . . there can be huge variation between healthy kids. If the walking and the talking hasn't improved around age 2, then your doc can refer you to speech and occupational therapy. They are a tremendous help to many kids to help them master these skills.
    Don't be concerned yet, just keep an open dialogue with your child's doctor and continue to work with him.
    By the way, the kids I know who have been on the same timeline blossomed quickly after getting the therapy. :)

    Answer by ImaginationMama at 8:04 PM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • If the doctor isn't concerned, then you probably shouldn't be either. My son was very slow about getting his teeth. At 12 he has the teeth of a 9 year old. They are all different. Your doctor will let you know if they suspect a problem.

    Answer by Marwill at 8:15 PM on Feb. 8, 2011

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