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my little girl not standing yet she is 15 mths

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 11, 2008
  • 09:18 AM

my little girl is 15 mnths old she is not standing crawling or walking she has very flexy ankles when i say this her ankle can bend up to reach her leg when she stands her bottom leg and feet bend one is worse than the other, i have noticed since she was tiny there was something wrong with her feet, i have spoken to my doctor who thinks i am prob a over protective mum which i am not
(i have 5 kids so i know when something not right) they have sent her for physio which she has to stand with a frame and has special boots they do help but only when she is using them what do you think i should do please help

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  • I applaude you for seeking answers and showing concern for your child. Was she a premie? Has she been evaluated for Cerebral palsy. CP is a neurological disorder affecting body movement and muscle coordination. Not all patients with CP are premies. You mentioned that she was tiny. How much did she weigh at birth? now? I would hope that your child's doctor would take time to discuss your concerns in detail. Sunny
    sunnyand7777 2 Replies
    • February 11, 2008
    • 10:41 AM
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  • first of all thanks for your reply my little one does drag herself about she just finds it hard to bear weight ,she was 2 weeks early and was a c section after 12 agonising hours of labour they kept saying the head is well engaged and after all that labour decided to do a scan and saw her **m was engaged and she was in a frog like position ,they decided to do a c section after i was begging for one cause i think they wanted me to deliver normally , next day the doc appologised to me , i accepted it as i had been through to much but now i wonder if its all related
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 11, 2008
    • 11:53 AM
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  • I applaude you for seeking answers and showing concern for your child. Was she a premie? Has she been evaluated for Cerebral palsy. CP is a neurological disorder affecting body movement and muscle coordination. Not all patients with CP are premies. You mentioned that she was tiny. How much did she weigh at birth? now? I would hope that your child's doctor would take time to discuss your concerns in detail. Sunnysorry when i said tiny i meant new born
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 11, 2008
    • 11:55 AM
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  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is associated with join hypermobility: http://arthritis.about.com/od/ehlersdanlossyndrome/EhlersDanlos_Syndrome_Cause_Diagnosis_Symptoms_Treatment.htm
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • February 11, 2008
    • 02:56 PM
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  • the cord could have been wrapped around the child's neck...what idiots that they didn't know the baby was breech position..she may have suffered some brain damage during the delivery...I'm sorry. She is going to need extensive tests to evaluate the situation. I'm not sure if there are developmental doctors in your country, but please see a specialist. In USA the schools would send speech and OT/PT therapists to begin working with the baby. See if you can get her these services. Perhaps a different PT clinic would provide better service for her. Best wishes...
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • February 11, 2008
    • 07:17 PM
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  • Layla,Thanks for the information. I am an RN and worked with premies, developmentally delayed/handicapped and otherwise high risk children in Tennessee. I see that you are in the UK, right? The medical system is set up different there, but the basics should be similiar. Has anyone done developmental test such as DDST II? This is an assessment of growth, development and motor skills. They would typically ask you things such as is she rolling over; making vocalizations "oooh auh";they would give her a rattle & or block to check is she can hold it; they watch her crawling, pulling up, walking abilities. This is just a few examples.These are usually done at regular intervals, ie birth, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, etc. You mentioned physical therapy; why was that ordered and how long has she been going? Have you talked to the PT for an opinion as to the cause of her problems? Most PTs are highly knowledgeable with regards to neuro-motor conditions. I,again, praise you for listening to your mother's instinct. Wish I were closer to be able to help you better. Please cont to post and I will do my best to help. Sunny
    sunnyand7777 2 Replies
    • February 11, 2008
    • 07:57 PM
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  • thanks for your replies she is ok brain wise she can do every thing normally apart from stand alone or walk she cant crawl but does roll over everywhere i noticed when we try to stand her she does not like it for more than a second the pt thinks she has lax joints!!!! she thinks she will walk by the time she is 2 what if she is not what then she has 1 physio session every week it will last for 6 weeks (3 left ) then i will have to keep up at home i am just not happy for some reason!!! it must be instinct they sent her for pt because i kept on at my family doctor
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 11, 2008
    • 11:03 PM
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  • HI, I know just where you're coming from, see my post "i need to know what is wrong with my daighter".What I have learned is that for the most part the doctor's seem to not listen and in my experience makes the parent feel like a hypochondriac. I also have other children and knew for a fact something was not right with my daughter. She never crawled only scooted on one butt cheek and limped with support from her arm at the same time. The low muscle tone is called hypotonia, and you should see a nuerologist for MRI of brain and then also a orthopedic pediatrician, the orto is a bone doctor and can write a prescription for leg braces. My daighter did not walk until she had braces. two weeks later she was walking. But this was combined with physical therapy. The turning in or out of the feet is called pronation, and the braces can correct this. An SMO brace is smaller and mainly supports the ankles and position of feet. An AFO brace may come up higher to support the leg in severe muscle tone weakness. You have to fight for your child when the doctors will not listen. I have learned s much by myself and do not take no for an answer from them now. Only after this did we discover my daughter also has many other issues. Does your daughter speak yet? Any words? I was not concerned with my daughter's speach only physical ability. Then after she was finally walking a few months ago, we realised she does not speak and kids her age do. She was diagnosed with hearing loss and is being fitted for hearing aids. I hope this helps. I do not want to scare you or anything, that is not my intention, but it is best to know everything you can and alot of times there may be other things wrong also. Good luck.:rolleyes:
    abigailsmom 3 Replies
    • February 12, 2008
    • 11:19 PM
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  • thanks all for your replies my little one is now going to see a specialist i hope this will be the end of it now i will post as soon as i hear anything thanks again for caring xxxxxxx:o
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  • Hi Layla as soon as I saw your post I had to reply! It may be nothing but... I was born a small for dates baby (looked premie but wasn't), and didn't feed properly. When I was a few months old my parents were told I had a Robertsonian Chromosome Translocation between Chromosomes 14 and 22. I have loose ligaments, low muscle tone and have developed fibromyalgia (this may be unrelated to the translocation however). I also did not walk until after I was one year old (can't remember exact age) but rather slid around on my **m or crawled. As very little has been known about this, a lot of trial and error and research has been done by myself and my parents. I have participated in medical research at the Texas Children's hospital in Houston as with my particular combination it was possible I could help discern what Chromosome 14 was responsible for as it seems it causes most of the symptoms while 22 is fairly unresponsive. I don't have access to the details here but there is a "Unique" website created for children and parents with chromosome abnormalities - there is so much more knowledge out there on this than when I was born and would love to help others become aware of this. They approached me to be a part of this website in an article. I am 23 now and live a relatively normal life (with some adjustments). I have small hands and feet, short stature (4"9) and suffer some injuries due to my ligaments etc. I have been to see many specialists over the years and I wish you and your little girl all the best, and feel free to contact me if you want to know more.
    Aussie_84 9 Replies Flag this Response
  • layla.. Im glad to hear that she's going to be taken to a specialist. I'd love to hear how things go. My own daughter (now grown).. she had severe spinal curvative and other problems (caudal regression syndrome..which causes similar problems to spina bifia) which doctors took 6 weeks to diagnose! Anyone could thou see her back wasnt right, but doctors kept on putting it down to a breech birth at first. 6 weeks later and 4 doctors later as i took her to doctor to doctor over my growing concern ..they finally realised that her back was very wrong. My daughter who had to have daily physio to crawl and coodinate, a chiropractor taught us how to do cross crawling physio exercise with her after she was just dragging about on her butt at 19 mths old, finally ended up taking her first steps at 2 yrs 3 mths.. with the add of walking sticks, her father had made for her! (within days, with the aid of those sticks.. she was able to take first steps). She was later on supplied with walking frame from physiotherapists (and a wheelchair for long distances to which she used at times, throu out primary school). Trust mothers instincts esp when one has other children, that something isnt right. best luck
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