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My 20 month old son is not walking please help

Posted by on Apr. 12, 2010 at 11:36 PM
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 Here is my story: I have a 20 month old son he has not started to walk yet. He had is Mchat back in January and he did not pass. Is there anything I can do to help him. We also tried early intervention and it did not help him at all.

by on Apr. 12, 2010 at 11:36 PM
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Pweek
by on Apr. 13, 2010 at 12:43 AM

Keep fighting to find out why....I started asking doctors why my son couldn't walk when he was 14 months old. He could only do a weird combat crawl. He couldn't crawl on hands and knees. A doc finally listened to me when Eric was 18 months and referred us to a developmental pediatrician. Still, no answer. They just said developmental delay. After a lot of fighting, we saw a developmental psychologist who diagnosed him with autism, but that still didn't explain why he couldn't walk. He had been in early intervention since he was 20 months old, receiving speech, occupational and physical therapies, but nothing help with his walking. Finally, at 4yrs, 3mo, he was diagnosed with ataxic cerebral palsy. He will be 5 in July and still can't walk, but despite doctors' predictions, he is very close. He has learned to stand, cruise holding onto furniture and has started letting go to stand alone for a few seconds.

Bottom line, don't give up. Keep asking questions. If a doc can't or won't look into it, find another doc.

landonsmommy718
by on Apr. 13, 2010 at 2:02 AM

I completly agree with pweek. Landon is almost 5 and has CP. He has a mild case, but a case it is. He can walk with a walker and AFOs. he can stand hanging on to a table and even has begun to let go. So just keep asking questions. bug the mortal mess out of everyone until they give you an answer. I wish I had. I let landon go to a ped that didn't know his rear from a hole in the ground and the doc telling me the whole time he was just delayed, that he'd be okay.

stayhomemomo638
by on Apr. 13, 2010 at 10:19 AM

He is supposed to see a development pediatrician, but they can't get him in till September.

akhlass
by on Apr. 14, 2010 at 2:22 PM

Do you have a neurologist?

Do you have an orthopedic dr.?

Please continue Physical therapy & Occupational Therapy services.  You should be able to receive in home therapy for your child. The therapy will help and daily stretching excercises too!

Do you live near children's hospital?  Call them get appointments to see each.  My advice don't rely on these so called "Developmental Pediatricians" because from my own experience and other people who had them, they put big roadblocks in the way, and delay getting your child help and diagnosed.

We have a wonderful pediatrician since 2007, he helps us out alot and he works with us in getting her what she needs.  I had to change Pediatricians prior to 2007 because we had one of those "Developmental/Neuro Pediatrician who screwed everything up for our daughter's care.  It happens to sooo many parents today.  If your pediatrician is not working with you and keeps brushing everything off, then that's a sign to find a new pediatrician!

I feel very bad and very angry that our children are being harmed by the lack of medical attention that many who went into the profession "To Do No Harm" and they do the opposite!

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akhlass
by on Apr. 14, 2010 at 2:23 PM

FYI:  anyone who lives in Los Angeles area, I can refer you to a great Pediatrician!

JADIEBUG
by on Apr. 14, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Keep doing the therapy. Therapy results are not overnight...They take a long time sometimes. Also keep your Pedi up to date on where your son is.

zeester2001
by on Apr. 14, 2010 at 2:52 PM

I would see a neurologist and orthopedic doctor first. With my experience, my son walked but walked like a penguin. We got him looked at at age 2 1/2 and he was found to have metachromatic leukodystrophy. So please go see a specialist. I am sure your child is fine but please go just to get an evaluation. Perhaps ask for an MRI. Good luck to you.

stayhomemomo638
by on Apr. 15, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Thank you. The only person coming in with early intervention was a teacher. I wanted him to see the physical and speech theripist as well. He is also not talking at all.

DnPeanut
by on Apr. 15, 2010 at 12:43 PM

I understand your frustration and concern.  My 19 mo son also does not walk yet.  He is able to walk with assistance, but hasn't even attempted to try to stand  without holding on.  In his case is really is just developmentally delayed.  He also is not yet able to eat anything beyond purees.  He was a very early preemie born at 27 wks.  He has been in physical and speech therapy since he was 9 mo.  We have come to realize that even with therapy this is a long slow process for him.  I would definitely encourage you to see a neuro developmental physician and continue with therapy.  You probably need a therapist at an actual neuro developmental center.  At the same time be prepared that your son's issues may truely just be a developmental delay.  I have to say that I was actually relieved to find out that this was our situation and not something more serious.

We wish you luck in your journey.


tamaraej
by on Apr. 15, 2010 at 4:16 PM

try taking him to a pool where you can work with him in the water that way he can work on getting centered with out worring about falling and you can have him kick his legs in the water not only will it help with how to take steps but he can make big splashes and all kids love that and you will not only help him walk you will be teaching how to swim also most public pools have mommy and me classes they also may have teachers who work with special needs kids and adults plus you can get scholarships to help with the cost

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