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Doctor insights on: What If Baby Walks Before Crawling

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Is this serious? My baby walks on the sides of her foot?

Is this serious? My baby walks on the sides of her foot?

It's important: It depends on the baby's age, a new walker can have a 'funny walk' But it can be related to some congenital foot problem what should be evaluated by some professional who specializes in young children's gait. If there is a problem, the earlier the treatment starts the faster the resolution. ...Read more

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Do babies need stride rites to help them walk?

Do babies need stride rites to help them walk?

Seldom if ever: Babies all over the world learn to walk on their bare feet.Most in aboriginal cultures that never use shoes have less foot problems than we do.A good set of rubberized sox provide adequate foot protection for toddlers around the house, soft, well fitting and pliable shoeware that breathe is best for show.Kids with true foot deformities may need special shoes, most don't. ...Read more

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Do chubby babies sit and walk late?

Do chubby babies sit and walk late?

Not necessarily!: Chubby babies, for the most part, tend to sit and walk during similar time frames as their "thinner" counterparts. If excessively overweight, certain milestones may be reached, on average, a few weeks later, but if you have concerns, certainly bring them up with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Why is it better for babies to learn to walk without shoes?

Why is it better for babies to learn to walk without shoes?

Protect if needed: Years ago parents were pushed into buying clunky, heavy shoes for a kid to learn to walk but we no now most will do better without. They often had more falls if they learned with shoes. Today we understand the feet firm up on their own & only need coverage for the environment they are in. Bare feet or rubberized socks are great indoors & simple flexible foot coverings are ok for outside. ...Read more

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Is it right or wrong to use walkers for infants ? Does it help infant to walk or harmful? I have eight months infant , can I use it?

Is it right or wrong to use walkers for infants ? Does it help infant to walk or harmful? I have eight months infant , can I use it?

Don't: When we artificially place an infant upright, we decrease their drive to learn to do so on their own, and may delay walking slightly. Walkers and exercise saucers can also lead to weaker back muscles. ...Read more

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Is there anything beneficial about babies learning to walk barefoot?

Is there anything beneficial about babies learning to walk barefoot?

Avoiding falls: Years ago parents put kids in "walking shoes" which bypassed some of the natural toe-walking in toddlers & was thought to support their feet.The shoes were heavy & kids often tripped when not in the shoes. Later studies have shown that kids who learn to walk barefoot, have less foot problems in life & fall less. ...Read more

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Is it good for babies when they are first learning to walk to wear shoes?

Is it good for babies when they are first learning to walk to wear shoes?

Depends...: For learning to walk around the house it is best for a baby to be barefoot. The sensitivity of the bottom of the foot is important for balance. Once the baby is walking, it will be easier to transition to shoes. If the child is outside and mobile (walking or crawling) shoes are important for protection. ...Read more

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Are babies unable to walk because they lack the muscle strength or the coordination?

Are babies unable to walk because they lack the muscle strength or the coordination?

Good question!: A newborn can see, hear, taste, smell, kick! If a baby horse can walk within hours of birth, why can't we?! Turns out, this has actually been studied & one hypothesis is that it's our big brains that are the culprit. Turns out 9 months is all mom can take before the head gets too large to deliver, but at 9 months we're just not neurologically ready for the BALANCE & COORDINATION needed for walking ...Read more

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I have a 6 day old infant, when is the best time to walk them outside to get some sun? concerned that her immune system is still too low...

I have a 6 day old infant, when is the best time to walk them outside to get some sun? concerned that her immune system is still too low...

Sun times: The best times are usually early to mid-morning or later in the evening. The sun is a good source of vitamin d and the walking is good exercise. Good health. ...Read more

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How contaminated are the bottoms of shoes? If I walk through my house with shoes does that put my daughter in danger when she's crawling on the ground

How contaminated are the bottoms of shoes? If I walk through my house with shoes does that put my daughter in danger when she's crawling on the ground

Not to worry: If you work at some industrial plant then wear plant boots and switch to "civilian" shoes at home. Otherwise, don't sweat it. Think about all the times an infant is crawling around and puts stuff in it's mouth. We're built to survive! ...Read more

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I have a feeling of "ants crawling" in my lower legs and feet almost everyday. I walk an hour daily (even walking) and eat healthy. What gives?

I have a feeling of "ants crawling" in my lower legs and feet almost everyday. I walk an hour daily (even walking) and eat healthy. What gives?

Nerves/symptoms: Sensations such as "crawling ants" can be due to impingement/ symptoms of nerves. In some cases of thrombocytopenia (high platelets) as noted on your info, there can be burning sensations of the extremities. ...Read more

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Y do my feet & legs hurt ache lot? Cramp also. I can barely stand to walk or stand sometimes. & when lay down night feel crawling achy feeling n legs

Not a simple answer: Leg cramps can be simple dehydration or electrolyte abnormality to serious problems like myositis, spinal stenosis. "restless leg syndrome" is not well understood and tends to be used clinically as a catch all diagnosis when nothing better fits. Environmental chemicals, pesticides, nutrient deficiencies likely play a role in some people. ...Read more

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When will my baby learn to walk?

When will my baby learn to walk?

12 to 15 months: Children want to check out their world starting around 6 months, and by 9 months are able to crawl around. By 12 months, that just doesn't cut it, and they pull up on objects and cruise. We expect babies to walk between 12 and 15 months, though of course some will walk by 9 or 10 months, and some won't by 15 mo. A lot depends on the drive and gross development of the child. ...Read more

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My baby is one-years-old and she does not walk yet. Why?

My baby is one-years-old and she does not walk yet. Why?

No problem: Many babies don't walk unsupported at 12 months. As long as his other developmental milestones are normal, i wouldn't worry. If he's not making progress in 3 to 4 months then he would require a further workup. And please...It's not due to his shoes! ...Read more

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How can I protect my child if she sleep walks every so often?

How can I protect my child if she sleep walks every so often?

Alarm: If sleepwalking is rare but there are safety concerns (ex: the person may go out in cold weather or fall down stairs), a bed alarm that goes off when a person gets out of bed can be used. Someone else needs to be able to hear and respond to the alarm. ...Read more

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I have a 16month old baby, and she still can't walk . could these mean a problem.

I have a 16month old baby, and she still can't walk . could these mean a problem.

??former premi ??: For a regular newborn at term I expect them to pull to stand & cruise along furniture before they hit 15 mo. Independent walking at 15 mo is at the far end of the normal range. For infants born prematurely we adjust these parameters for the number of weeks/months they were early.I would discuss your case with the pcp & see if an early childhood program (pt) is needed. ...Read more

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If you walk fast or jog for a short amount if time, 2 minutes, is that dangerous for the baby who is only 1-2 weeks?

If you walk fast or jog for a short amount if time, 2 minutes, is that dangerous for the baby who is only 1-2 weeks?

It's fine: It is fine, even healthy, to engage in brisk walking or mild jogging in the first trimester as long as you are feeling up to it. This action actually improves circulation and cardiac output, which is healthy for the baby. Don't start any significant exercise program that you have not already been involved in until you speak with or have first visit with your OB doctor. ...Read more

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Is it normal for women after a baby to feel like their insides are about to fall out? Its uncomfortable to walk sometimes

Is it normal for women after a baby to feel like their insides are about to fall out? Its uncomfortable to walk sometimes

Not normal: Go see your gyn to make sure there are no complications causing you to feel this way. Pelvic organ prolapse is the herniation of the pelvic organs beyond the vaginal walls. Patients describe feeling a bulge or like something is falling out of the vagina. ...Read more