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Doctor insights on: What Does It Mean When A Baby Skips The Crawling Stage

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Is it normal for babies to skip milestones? My 7mo is army crawling but just started pulling up on things. Seems he should have mastered crawling 1st.

Is it normal for babies to skip milestones? My 7mo is army crawling but just started pulling up on things. Seems he should have mastered crawling 1st.

Crawling is the most: variable gross motor milestone, moreso since infants are now placed on their backs for sleep. More infants with neurodevelopmental disorders skip crawling than typically-developing infants, but it happens in both. Your pediatrician & OT/PT at your state's Early Intervention Program can check muscle tone, strength, reflexes, & pattern of movement. Developmental screens are on firstsigns.org ...Read more

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Should I skip the next polio vaccine for my infant if she had a really bad reaction with the first?

Should I skip the next polio vaccine for my infant if she had a really bad reaction with the first?

No; confirm first!: Discuss the reaction with your doctor and then make your decision. It's likely the reaction was not due to the vaccine. The polio vaccine side effects are mild, but polio is a devastating disease. This is a case where the risk of the disease is much greater than the risk of the vaccine! i would encourage you to vaccinate. ...Read more

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When breast fed babies skip days without having a bowel movement does it cause tummy aches?

When breast fed babies skip days without having a bowel movement does it cause tummy aches?

Bowel movements: Breast fed babies can skip up to seven days and more. This does not cause pain although when they do have a movement they may grunt and make faces, but this is normal. The most important thing is a normal soft to watery consistency. ...Read more

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Can baby skip crawling and go straight to walking? If he does go straight to walking does he need to go back and learn to crawl?

Can baby skip crawling and go straight to walking? If he does go straight to walking does he need to go back and learn to crawl?

Yes.: A baby can learn to walk before he crawls. He does not need to "go back". As long as children have lots of opportunity to be active and play outdoors on natural terrain and are not ushered into sitting still in chairs, they will develop all the walking, jumping, running, climbing, crawling, stooping, crouching, squatting skills that humans do need. They need help with swimming and bicycles. ...Read more

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At what age do babies begin crawling?

At what age do babies begin crawling?

6-12 months: Full term healthy babies can start crawling as early as 6 months old or as late as 12 months; some babies go straight from scooting to cruising and walking! ...Read more

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Is it normal for babies to be crawling backward?

Is it normal for babies to be crawling backward?

Yes: Nothing wrong with a baby who crawls backwards. Remember that each baby's neuromuscular system may develop on somewhat different tracks and still be normal. ...Read more

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Babies crawling backwards sign of intelligence?

No: Crawling is not even considered a milestone of development. 50% of babies do not crawl, but go straight from sitting to standing with support. ...Read more

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Is head crawling in 10.5 months old infant normal? He is also doing weird hand movement (twirling his right hand).

Is head crawling in 10.5 months old infant normal? He is also doing weird hand movement (twirling his right hand).

Concerned : Using the head to crawl is unusual, especially when combined with abnormal head movements. An evaluation of motor strength and unusual muscular tone is warranted. A general pediatrician should be able to perform the initial exam and determine if further work up or referral is necessary. ...Read more