The child walks on tiptoe, is it worth worrying: the doctor answers

Mom is always worried about the first steps of her baby. How to figure out if everything is going as it should? Our reader Adelina shared her worries.

«My son started learning to walk, but he only walks on his toes. The pediatrician says that this is normal, they say, he is only 10 months old, so it’s okay, then it will pass. But I’m still worried if something is wrong. They write on forums that if a child walks only on socks, then this is neurology…»

Experts say that if a child still walks on his toes, although he learned to walk a few months ago, then after a year it is considered a deviation. When a child is just learning the possibilities of walking, he always moves on tiptoe. But after a couple of months, the heels are also connected.

If the baby does not stop walking on his toes, then this may indicate increased nervous excitability. It can be a consequence of prematurity, hypertonicity or hypersensitivity. There is no need to panic, as a rule, you can easily cope with this disadvantage with several courses of massage.

Many parents worry if their child, having just started walking, moves mainly on socks. In most cases, there is no need to worry about this. A child can just have fun like that, get to know his own body and capabilities. However, if the baby walks on his toes all the time, it is necessary to consult a pediatrician — this may be a sign of a short heel (Achilles) tendon or a neurological disorder.

And I can also advise: do not constantly compare your child with other children. Each kid is an individual and develops in his own way, at his own pace. Of course, there are certain norms, but they can vary depending on many factors — from body size and weight to heredity.

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