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Every kid is a world. Just as there are some children who are very early in the development of speech, others take a little longer, the same happens with the development of ambulation. For example: some children can walk at 10 months, and others only succeed at 16.
In any case, it is one thing for them to be able to take their first steps and quite another for their ambulation to be stable. Let's go on to solve some of the most frequent doubts in this regard.
At what age do children learn to walk?
On average, between 12 and 15 months.
Is it normal for young children to fall frequently?
Yes, it is completely normal. Like any other skill, it takes practice and practice for the skill to manifest itself correctly. The first steps are taken with a wide base of support (the child does a “duck walk”, with the legs apart, and with a “wobble” component). Also, they are somewhat unsafe. The little one needs to correctly calculate the distance to a fulcrum, calibrate his strength ... And that takes time.
At what age do I have to worry if my child does not walk?
If your child is 18 months old and cannot walk independently, you should consult your trusted pediatrician. He will need to assess the child's history, as well as his tone, strength, and neurological development.
At what age do they learn to go up and down stairs, jump and run?
Around two years. It is logical that the first times you make this progress, you will fall, until you have established the correct movements. And even so, it will continue to fall. Remember that all healthy children have “bruised” legs and “scraped” knees, and that's because they hit more often than adults.
Are accidents related to falls frequent?
Unfortunately yes. Although we must avoid falling into overprotection, it is prudent to be cautious when preventing these accidents. For example: if we live in a house of various heights, and until the child is approximately three years old, access to the stairs must be blocked; in turn, protectors must be placed on the corners of cutting surfaces, such as table corners, etc.
Are there limb misalignment problems that cause children to fall more than necessary?
Indeed. Internal tibial torsion as well as persistent femoral anteversion are two problems that cause the child to "push the foot in." This fact, in turn, leads to the child sometimes "tripping himself" when walking. Both problems tend to correct themselves spontaneously over time.
Under what circumstances should we worry about a child who falls frequently?
1. If the child goes from walking well to walking poorly, suddenly.
2. If our son is older, his gait was stable, and suddenly there is a change in it (he leans to one side, he is unable to walk in a straight line, he needs to hold on to avoid falling), we must seek assistance sanitary.
3. If our son is older, his gait was stable, and suddenly he falls because he has no strength in his legs, you have to seek health care.
4. We must proceed in the same way if the child falls because walking is very painful.
What do I do if my child falls frequently and there are no warning signs?
We have to boost their self-esteem, avoiding scolding, without falling into overprotection. You should encourage him to keep practicing. And we have to bear in mind that not all children are "gold medalists", but there are some more skilled and others less motor level.
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