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A 49-year-old male asked:

What can cause a 2 year old to walk fast instead of run? he doesn't seem to bend his knees when walking, so his legs seem to be stiffer when walking.

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 44 years experience
Hard to say: Children this young sometimes still have balance issues that affect how they walk. I suggest you consult with the pediatrician, who may recommend an evaluation by an occupational therapist or physical therapist. It could simply be a developmental phase, but it may reflect problems either with the legs themselves or with balance.
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