my daughter

United States
May 30, 2007 8:01pm CST
my daughter is 1 yr old she had heart surgery when she was 2 months old she still doesn't crawl or walk or get into the sitting position herself but she does do what i call an army crawl is it just because shes behind cause of the surgery i would like to hear anyones response to this
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@Foxxee (3654)
• United States
31 May 07
Don't worry. Some kids just start late. It's not a big deal. I know some kids that don't show no signs of walking at all until about 14 months. Every child is different and developes at different stages. If you think she should be doing more, I would talk with her doctor. I don't think it's serious though. I'm sure she will learn when she is ready. Maybe anyday now... I'm sure your baby will do just fine. Don't worry and don't give up hope. :) Remember, talk with the doctor to be 100% though.
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@KissThis (3008)
• United States
31 May 07
My daughter had open heart surgery when she was about 5 months old. That was when she finally weighed 10 lbs. My daughter didn't start to walk till she was 15 months old. Some children who have heart defects are delayed in walking but not all. Each child is their own unique person. It sounds like your daughter is on her way. I would suggest that you speak to your daughters doctor about letting her get some physical therapy. A therapist can show you different things that you can do to help your daughter start walking. I found this helpful with my own daughter.
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@carlaabt (3508)
• United States
31 May 07
She will start when she is ready. :) My 16 month old still prefers to crawl. Sometimes he gets down and army crawls, when he is trying to sneak up on the cat. He will walk sometimes, but he tells us that he likes to walk like the dogs, so he crawls when we are at home, and then walks if we are outside or anywhere else away from home.
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• Philippines
31 May 07
children with heart conditions will always develop their physical skills late. it is good that your child can now crawl. she is doing much better than most children i know who suffers from such a heart condition, as to require that an open heart surgery be performed. there are some who has managed to walk only after years of physical therapy and psychological help. their legs are usually not developed as fast as the normal child. do give the child morning and night massages. give more attention to the legs. do it lightly at the other parts of the body. this will help her greatly with the blood circulation. you can use liniments or cold rub or virgin coconut oil. baby oil will also be fine.
@brendalee (6086)
• United States
31 May 07
My grandson had a really tough start in life. He was on a ventilator for a week and in the neonatal intensive care unit for almost a month. He will be turning a year old on the 19th of June. Please don't take this the wrong way because I know your situation is different, but as soon as we stopped treating him like a fragile china doll, he started to do things like crawl and sit. He was behind too but now he is almost caught up. Its so easy to be overprotective with any child let alone a child with medical problems. Just be patient. I am sure she will do those things when she is ready. It also doesn't hurt to see if you can get someone to come to your house for physical therepy. My grandson gets this service because he has a disability. I think it has helped him a great deal. Good luck.
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@Lifez2short (4969)
• United States
31 May 07
Yes I believe it was is because of her surgery. But if you are concerned about it maybe you should speak to her Dr's. I would not worry to much about it though I'm sure she will catch up with her peers.
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@sweetdesign (5151)
• United States
31 May 07
I think that she will be fine. My daughter was 7 weeks premature and weighed only 2 pounds and 14 ounces. She was behind about 2-4 months on everything till she turned 2 and a half then she seemed to have caught up. Just give her time love and support and she will do just fine. Enjoy her while she is still little.
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@wachit14 (3601)
• United States
31 May 07
She may very well be behind in her development just a little bit because of the surgery. However, any fears you have can be discussed with her doctors, but for right now, if she's found a way to get around and she's happy, then let her be. Chances are she will catch up to everyone else eventually, but just make your doctors aware of your concerns concerning her development.
@eden32 (3978)
• United States
31 May 07
My daughter use to do what I called the "Amber-Bamber-Army-Sprawl" which I have to assume is the same type of crawling you're describing. She would lay on her tummy & pull herself along by alternating pulling with each arm. It does sound as if her motor skills is a tiny bit delayed, quite likely as a result of her surgery. I would mention it to her doctor, perhaps physical therapy would help. But I wouldn't stress about it. She will catch up soon enough.
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• Philippines
31 May 07
Oh I pity those children who's under 5 yrs old that suffered surgeries or internal problems when they were born and carried it until they've grown up. I can't imagine what will be my feelings if I have a baby like you. Maybe I would cry every night to God for her healing. I have also a daughter but she's 4 yr old. Thank God she's very healthy and we did not have any problem from the start only that she is so hyper active at her age now. Just take care of her, hug, kiss and touch her evry now and then. Doctors said that babies with problems both physical & emotional who once touched will be healed faster than those were just abandoned or left behind for nurse's and doctor's care. Just give her the love she needed. And don't forget to pray always for her healing. :)
@ozangel82 (754)
• Australia
1 Jun 07
I would think it is just because of the surgery. My daughter only started to crawl properly at around 10 months and before that she would do the army crawl. she started walking about a month after her 1st birthday so i guess your daughter isnt that far behind, just give her lots of encouragement!
@becca29 (40)
• United States
31 May 07
Well having gone through this myself with my daughter I have some things I will share with you. My daughter had open heart surgery when she was almost 2 and I thought she would never be the same, proud to say she is almost 8 and just as normal as any other child her age. Kids can take alot more thn we realize they can, we are the ones who fall apart. It will be hard for her to get to where she needs to be for a little while. You have to keep in mind that were that scar is pulls with every movement she makes and at times can be what we would call "growing pains", but she will come around. Also if you are anything like me you have "done" alot for her so she would not have to try it herself, out of fear she would hurt. I hope this helps you in some way, hang in there it will all work out in the end I'm sure of it.