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    Default Long term effects of being slow to move

    My girls are 10 1/2 months now and are still nowhere near crawling, shuffling or walking. They sit well but have always hated tummy time and still hardly lift themselves up on their arms if I put them on tummies. One just rolls back over and the other lays flat and waits for me to give in!

    We've been to a physio but I haven't had much useful advice except to put things out of reach etc. This doesn't really work as our girls are pretty laid back and tend to wait happily if they can't reach something!

    I know babies all develop at different levels but I suppose the question "are they on the move yet?" is starting to get to me. They don't even wiggle towards things!

    I keep hearing that there are long term effects on coordination if bubs crawl late, has anyone found this to be true? I don't mind them being late bloomers but I'm hoping that once they're up and away they will catch up! Any reassurance or ideas...?

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    DS was exactly the same and I posted several threads on here asking the same thing! He sat well from about 6 months but never rolled and hated tummy time with an absolute passion. He started bum shuffling about 11 months and then just stood up one day and started walking around 17 months!
    He now runs (quite fast... I struggle to catch him if he takes off) and skips everywhere like any normal 3.5 year old. It's funny how for so long I stressed about him NOT moving and I now spend my days constantly telling him to stop and slow down!

    I got really, really sick of the comments about his lack of movement. Looking back on it I just don't think he could be bothered. I had him checked by the paed several times including hip x-rays as he wasn't really bearing weight on his legs. All came back normal. He was quite content to sit and watch the world go by (and he still is a bit like this - his kinder teacher made a comment to me last week that he likes to observe for a bit before getting involved in most activities... not such a bad thing!)

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    My now 15 year old son was the same. He didn't crawl until he was one and didn't walk independently til he was 19 months.
    he is asd and has always had poor muscle tone but nothing that interfered with living his life normally. He also didn't talk well until he was nearer to five.
    hopefully your girls will be the same and be perfectly fine in their own timing.
    i certainly know how it feels if your child is not doing everything they are 'meant' to! But a lot of times they are just going at their own pace

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    Oh and as a side note, my second son is also asd but met all his milestones on time and was walking at one year old.
    he still has the same low muscle tone, mostly upper body, hands in particular, as his brother.
    Just goes to show that it didn't really mean anything that my older son was behind with sitting, crawling and walking.

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    I could have written this about my twin girls a few months back! They didn't roll both ways until 11 months! One started crawling at 13 months with input from a physio, the other started bum shuffling around the same time. They are 14 months and one has just started pulling up on furniture.

    The physio told me so long as they learn to crawl and consolidate the skills before walking it's not an issue if they are late to move. She is concerned about my bum shuffler though, apparently not crawling at all is bad for development and hips.

    the physio encouraged off centre play (I.e put toys to the side of them), tummy time ( mine hated it) and kneeling.

    I found people don't understand how frustrating it is to have a baby or 2, that so desperately wants things out of reach but can't get them. My life got so much easier once they started to move! Now the questions have started about why they don't walk yet lol It never ends lol.

    have u seen a physio? I waited until they were 1 and regret that!

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    My son attends quite a large school (100+ per year level) and the boy who won cross country and the 100m sprint in prep and this yr (yr1) didn't walk til 18months :-) It must be hard not to worry, but if the physio isn't worried, it sounds like you just have 2 very content little girls!!

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    Duck07, yes we've been to a physio but I haven't found it overly helpful. She said about lots of tummy time and putting toys out of reach and to the side to encourage twisting. None of this is making a lot of difference. Do you have any suggestions given by your physio?

    Thanks for the responses so far everyone! I'm not usually a worrier about stages but I keep being told that I should be worried by now so I must admit it's getting to me and I'd like to know it will be okay in the long run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NAT2561 View Post
    Duck07, yes we've been to a physio but I haven't found it overly helpful. She said about lots of tummy time and putting toys out of reach and to the side to encourage twisting. None of this is making a lot of difference. Do you have any suggestions given by your physio?

    Thanks for the responses so far everyone! I'm not usually a worrier about stages but I keep being told that I should be worried by now so I must admit it's getting to me and I'd like to know it will be okay in the long run.

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    I can totally relate to this Nat! My DS1 was late at doing everything and didn't walk until he was 17 months old. It's so hard especially when you see your friend's bubs of around the same age up and about. My boy used to lay on his back and push himself backwards with his legs to get where he wanted to go. I think he started crawling around 13 months. It has made no difference to his intelligence - he was able to recognise numbers 0-11 before he turned 2. Gross motor skills are fine now and he loves soccer, hockey, football and swimming.

    Try not to stress, they all get there in their own time


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    Oh this is our story! DS hated tummy time, sat unassisted from 5m, didn't crawl until 11m, didn't walk until 19m, and I credit that to some high intervention physio - who knows how long it would have taken otherwise! He has hypotonia (low muscle tone) and hyper mobility (very flexible joints), and had learned some anti-walking behaviours, because the way his feet hit the floor was painful. We saw Debbie Evans at Therapies for Kids in Sydney, and although it was full on, she had him taking 4-5 steps within hours. I'd recommend her in a heartbeat, she REALLY knows her stuff. We also imported some orthopaedic boots (Pietro Shoes), which were crazy expensive ($280), but he was walking completely independently within three days of wearing them.

    A word of warning too - two months after he started walking, he tripped over the vacuum cord and landed awkwardly. Because of the low tone, he didn't have the strength to control his fall, and because his joints were so flexible, instead of dislocating his hip or knee like a normal child would, he ended up with a spiral fracture of his thigh. He was in traction for four days, then in a hip spica cast for 6w. It's taken another 3 1/2 w to learn to walk again. Apparently this type of injury is quite common :-/

    Try and find a physio who specialises not just in children, but children with disabilities. Made a massive difference for us.

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    Unfortunately changing physio is not an option as we live rurally and there aren't other children's physios around. My gut feeling is that there isn't a physical problem, however we have a paediatrician appointment for something else at the end of the month so it will be good to get this checked out while we're there.

    Because it's twins, I wonder if having one another has just slowed their need to move!

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