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My daughter just turned 9 months old today. We're worried about her legs. Her right ball joint only started to form last month, and it is only 1/8 of the size as the left one. When we try to stand her up, she won't. She will actually tuck her legs up to her tush and will not extend them until she is in a position where they're not required (swing, jumper, carseat, etc.)

She sits up great, but can't get to the sitting position by herself. She'll roll over when she wants to, but only a couple of times a day. Mostly from her tummy to her back. She really, REALLY hates to be on her stomach. She started holding her own bottle at 7 months ago and she loves to gum up finger foods. (No teeth yet)

Oh! And she is a little chatterbox Smile She is saying Mama, Dada, Bubba (brother), Kit Kit (kitty cat), Og (Dog), cracker, milk, BaBa (bottle), Hi and Bye, It it go (get it go), ik me up (pick me up) Then of course there are other words that she is still at the parroting stage with.

Should I be concerned with the walking. It isn't just the fact that she won't stand, but she acts like it hurts. The ONLY time she will actually stand with her full weight (16 lbs) on her legs is when we're in the pool and the water is to her shoulders.

She was a little premature, but only by 4 weeks.
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replied February 7th, 2009
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That is amazing that your daughter is talking at this point. The walking part makes me concerned since you believe she is in pain. For something like that, I would recommend that you have a CT done to make sure her brain development is good and take her to a pediatrician and/or ortho to check for physical development.
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replied May 29th, 2009
Daughter won't put weight on her legs either
My daughter won't put pressure on her legs either. She is 11 months and has never done it until last week when I bought her a pair of infant walker shoes. When I position her feet should width apart and put a table with a toy on it in front of her, she will bear weight on her legs and stand. She doesn't balance yet and will go limber-legged again after a few seconds, but she actually put weight on her legs with the shoes. It's like she needed extra support. My daughter has very small feet, and I'm wondering if that has something to do with it. She doesn't stand well yet and she tends to bend and lock her legs in an unusual way, but we are still working with her every day. Try the walkers and see if that makes a difference. If my daughter is not doing better by 12 months, we might do physical therapy.
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replied July 19th, 2009
My son just turned eight months and he has refused to put pressure on his legs.I am not sure if he is in pain.He has teeth,can wave bye,can clap and can hold his bottle.
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replied August 22nd, 2009
My son is having the same problem. He just turned 1 and will not use his legs. He has been in physical therapy for 2 months. Nothing seems to help. He does have stable hyderocephalus and the doctor is attributing it to that. I'm going to seek a second opinion. He is so far behind it's embarassing for people to ask if he is walking when he won't even use his legs to push up or crawl. I have done all I can and all the 'homework' the physical therapists have asked me to do. I am at my wits end.
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replied January 7th, 2010
baby wont put pressure on legs
My son is the same way but he is 5 months old. He will not use his legs at all when you try to hold him up on your lap he wont apply any pressure. He is also very bad on his stomach. He cant pull his arms in front of him and he seems somewhat "floppy" when you hold him on your hip. My mom sent me a link from Childrens Hospital regarding a condition called Hypotonia which is associated with muscle weakness. It has many different severity levels and my son would seem to be on the mild side but the research I have done may point to that. It is something to research and ask your doctor about if you are really worried.
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replied January 13th, 2010
my son has the same problem he will kick his legs about good and well but if u try 2 get him 2 bare weight on them he just wont hes 10months old, he has various heart conditions which r linked 2 blood supply extra 2 his lungs and i wonder if this could b his problem, meaning he gets 2 tired 2 even try use his legs i just dnt know weather im worrying for no reason about this problem or weather its simply just because hes 2 lazy? help anyone
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replied March 9th, 2010
my daughter is 9 mo old and will scoot around on her bum and kicks all the time with a lot of strength but she will not always stand on her legs with you holding her and when she does it is only for a moment. she has super flexibility in her legs when she is sitting, ie she will do the splits to transition from sitting to tummy and reverse. she will not roll from her back to her tummy but will roll from her tummy to her back? could these be related?
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replied April 4th, 2010
I think mamabeth hit the nail on the head! I have been an early intervention Physical Therapist for 8 years and I see these "symptoms" go together frequently - they all have a sensory component. In addition to the 5 senses, there is proprioceptive (sensing position and movement) and vestibular (sensing gravity, head movement and balance). For some reason your little one interprets the rolling, crossing midline (doing the splits instead of reaching to the side in sitting), and weight bearing through her feet as aversive. The good news is with practice this can be overcome (de-sensitized). Start with her sitting on your lap when you kneel on the floor. Push through her feet onto the floor or through her knees straight down so she weight bears gradually. If she reaches forward for a toy she will naturally shift more weight to her feet. Try "rough housing" games -physically roll her as you sing and make a game of it, - hold her up in the air, move her side to side - hold her at your waist as you spin or dance. If you have any questions contact the Early Intervention program for your area. Good luck!
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replied April 3rd, 2011
my son is 11 months old.he sits from lying down position,rotates on his bum,shifts a little on his bum,jumps vigorously while sitting moving both arms and legs.rolls onto side, rolls from tummy to back;he does not like to be on his tummy. he does not crawl yet and when i try to make him stand he sometimes puts his right foot on ground to bear weight for a few seconds but almost always bends his left leg. dr. said it was because his sole is very sensitive and we will have to desensitise it. does anyone know of such a thing.
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replied April 9th, 2010
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My daughter is 10 months old and seems completely normal except that she too will not stand. Her legs seem very strong but when you hold her up she just kind of keeps her legs in a sitting position. Her pediatrician, just yesterday, mentioned that it could be "diplegia" a mild form of cerebral palsy. Unfortunately I cannot get in with a neurologist until June 3rd. Many of the posts on this page sound just like my daughter but no one has mentioned diplegia. I can''t bear the thought of her having cerebral palsy. With you being a physical therapist and all, what is your opinion on diplegia. Please help me,
Tracy
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replied April 12th, 2010
Cerebral Palsy
Diplegic Cerebral Palsy would result from a brain injury in utero , at birth or shortly after birth(like a stroke, being premature or born not breathing). The injured areas of the brain would correspond to high or low tone in arms, legs or both. With high tone you would know by tightness in her muscles and difficulty to stretch. Low tone children are extremely loose and floppy and are usually delayed in motor skills.
It does not sound like she has a concerning medical history, so that is good. How are her other motor skills? Do her legs bend and straighten well? Does she roll, bring her feet to her mouth when laying on her back, sit, get into and out of sitting, push through her arms when laying on her stomach? Is she starting to crawl?(the average crawling age is 9-11 months so don''t worry if she''s not yet.) The way you described her keeping her legs up when you go to stand her sounds like a deliberate choice by her, not that her legs have excessively high or low tone.
About half of the kids on my caseload are "sensory", meaning they have several of the concerns listed by others (won''t bear weight on feet, knees or hands, won''t cross midline). I find it much more common than Cerebral Palsy. I also find it frustrating that it is so common but Doctors seem to know very little about it or have a name for it. That is how I found this forum - trying to find out what this sensory-motor thing is called.
I would try some of the techniques for weightbearing I mentioned before while you wait for your neurologist visit, and maybe it will end up that you won''t need to go. Start with pushing her feet into the ground while she sits on your lap. When she reaches for a toy or a couch in front of her she will put weight on her feet in a way that she feels in control. Try to have her stand on your legs facing you or from a very supported hugging position. Just trying to stand a kid up in the middle of the room is probably the least likely way she will put weight on her feet, so try and make it appear to be more her decision. Good luck.
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replied December 6th, 2013
Hi, thank you very much for your posts. My daughter is almost nine months and I'm also concerned about her as she only bares weight, if at all for a moment, then her legs crumble beneath her.

She is a twin and was premature but only by 3 wks. She crawls very well, and all over! Developmentally seems to be right on track, the only delay I've observed is the weight bearing in her lower legs. She will sit up, kick, bounce in the jumper seat, roll over both directions, pulls self up to kneeling position but just won't apply pressure/ wt to lower legs. Have you experienced this in your practice and is this something you think is concerning?
Thank you for your help!
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replied April 20th, 2010
Thank you for your reply regarding cerebral palsy. Its very strange. Ever since the Dr mentioned this just 2 weeks ago, she starting puting weight on her legs. She went from NEVER doing this to doing this all the time. While she isn''t exactly stable, its a huge improvement. I went from being sure something is wrong to now I would be shocked if the neurologist said there was something wrong. I bought her a jumparoo and she goes crazy in it. She is not crawling and she doesn''t get up on all fours but she does most of her playing on her stomach. If she is sitting the basically does a face first dive into the floor to get on her belly and she rolls to where she wants to go. Her upper motor skills are great. She picks up small things (cherios) with her finger and thumb, etc. The weight bearing seemed to be the only issue. I''m hoping she is just delayed. I am now able to get into the neurologist on April 26th. Hopefully they will tell me something other than, we''ll just have to keep watching her. I will post back on how her appt went.
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replied July 17th, 2010
my daughter also does something similar !
she has been walking since she was 10 months ( now 18 months old ) but about 3 months ago she got up one morning and just screamed when i put her on the ground and fell into a heap, not knowing something was wrong i let her cry for a while as she is often sooky in the mornings after 20 min or so she crawled off to play, i remember thinking why is she crawling ? but thought nothing of it at the time... a few days later when i noticed she was still crawling more than usual i talked to my bf about it and we decited to wait a few days and take her to the doctor, in that few days we noticed she would not jump , ride her trike , dance.... any or the things she would usualy do that involved her legs... and other things like she wont bend her knees when she get up or sits down.. she will bend forward and use her hands to sort of walk down to a laying on her tummy position and swivel to sitting up from there... and do the same but reverse to get up theres alot of other small thing as well. We took her to the doctor who couldnt tell us anything so he ordered an exray for the following day but told us to go to the hospital if we feel it cant wait till then... when we got home baby girl was still in pain and nurofen did nothing to help... we dicited to take her to the hospital to have the exrays done.
The exrays came back normal ( hips , legs , feet )
so they did some blood test that were also normal ( as far as i know it was only 2 tests for basic blood work like white blood cell count etc ) they discussed but ruled out arthritis ( i dont see how when they didnt test for it ) we were given a refferal to a specialist, we went and saw him and he had a few thought about it, he said that given her size ( shes a big girl, 14k at present ) and that shes been walking since 10 months ( unnasisted ) her body might not be able to handle it or something like that... he also said she may have to much calcium in her bones because she drinks so much formula 5-6 250ml bottles a day and suggested we dilutle the formula a bit so instead of 3 scoops she now has 1 and the bottle is only filled to 200ml..... He also said that it could be a mental thing as in shes doing it for attention but i dont think this is the case as she is in genuine pain and i dont see a 15 months old ( at the time it started ) being smart enough to know that " if i pretend this hurts mummy will pick me up " or " ok when they touch me here ill cry " i know my daughter well... and i can see when she is in pain as any mother can with there child, i feel that because i am a young mother the doctors are not taking me seriously with this.... the specialist charged us $280 for that information and saidif we take his advice it should subside in a month or so...... its been just over two months and nothing has changed... i will be taking her to the childrens hospital as soon as i can see the local dr to get a refferal but i would love to hear some other parents thought about what's going on... it realy starting to get to me seeing her like this every day, theres times she will bend her legs with no hint of pain but a moment later she will be stiff again...
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replied October 7th, 2010
I have 18 month grandaughter she started warking and running unitl a two months ago...started with a sinus infection after taking her to doctor for the infection on the third infection... my husband and I notice she was not wanting stand up right away and would raise her legs up , but I would put her down because at first I thought she was just acting a little spoiled because of all the attention I gave taking care of her sinus infection...I thought she get over it...but she would start to walk if forced..but we notice she would hold to her right back hip...and had a little swayed but we also saw her face would be of pain..we took to the hospital they took x-rays and blood test..to find out she had transient synovitis...hip inflammation due to the sinus infection...they gave prednsolone sod...she seem well even rnning the next couple of days but then she stopped again...took her back same thing gave her a stonger dosage ...well she moves around the bed stays in bed but refuses to walk..she crawls in the bed ..she seems to be in pain only when I sit her and she holds her leg when I try ..she has another appointment with a specialist...but if anyone is going thru this please let me know
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replied October 29th, 2010
All babies develop at different times. Stop looking at the milestones. If your kid isn't walking by 2 then you have a problem. They say the smarter kids are late walkers!
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replied November 22nd, 2010
my daugther is one and a half and is still not walking she moves every were on her bum as she moves around she holds toys in her hands i get worryed sometimes but people tell me not to worry my daugther is now trying to stand but finding it still hard to stand by herself
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replied February 15th, 2011
My daughter is 10 months old she has no Intrest being on her feet she can't crawl but certainly keeps trying. She is ao bendy and flexible she also gets herself into the sitting position from doing the splits I'm not concerned at all. All babies develop at different stages my first daughter was crawling at 6 months and walking at 9 months my second was crawling at 8 months and walking at 15 months all children are different I would not worry about milestones until they get to the age of 2 and still not doing anything then seek professional help x xxx
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replied February 16th, 2011
To those of you whose older babies regressed & are in pain. Get them tested for Lyme disease asap. Ask to see the results if they say she's negative. If the results show one or more postivies your child needs treatment regardless of what the dr says. Find another dr at that point. (an LLMD, Lyme literate MD).
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replied February 23rd, 2011
My daughter is 9 1/2 months old and she too is not bearing weight on her legs. I try to stand her up but she just olds her legs up but once in awhile I get a little pressure. She eats well, picks up food with her fingers, says mama, dada, she hisses when I tell her "What does a snake do". She sits up and rolls over alot but she hates her tummy. SHe goes in her exersaucer 2 times a day. I have tried the walker but her feet still do not touch the floor. I am debating if I buy that bouncy seat that you hang from your door ways will help? She does have an appt to see an orthopedic doctor tomorrow. I hope it goes well...
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replied April 27th, 2011
delayed motor skills
i have two children, my daughter who is now 26 months and my son who is 10 months. my daughter rolled over at 4 months, sat up by herself at 9 months, crawled at 12 months and walked at 18 months. any time i tried to put her on her stomach she would cry she would never reach for toys she would always roll to get them. many people said i should take her to therapy, but i tried to do exercises with her at home and she just wouldn't do it, so i decided to wait it out. and now she is just fine, i figured that she would do these thing when she wanted to, not what some milestone chart says, every baby is different and people shouldn't rush their kids into therapy because if your kids not gonna do it they're not gonna do it. of course doctors are going to suggest it they get your money, just step back and look at your child and if you feel she/he is just fine then they probably are and stop listening to others and do what you think is best for your kid.
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