Aria at 20 Months – Still Not Walking and Possible Hip Problems

27th October 2016

Yesterday, at exactly 20 months old, Aria had a check up with the Health Visitor. I called in to clinic about two months ago to let them know that Aria still wasn’t walking, this appointment was as a result of that. We now think that she has hip problems, quite possibly Hip Dysplasia.

My daughter is twenty months old and she still isn't walking, a health visitors appointment confirmed that there may be issues with her hips. We are now waiting for a Physio and a GP appointment to find out more.

Let’s start with a bit of background information, Aria can bear her own weight, she has been pulling herself up onto furniture and other things for quite a while now, she moves around the furniture and has recently started to walk with an aid, or with us holding her hands. We have to hold both hands otherwise she will cry and refuse to walk. This has made us assume that the lack of walking is simply a confidence issue, which it may well be, hip problems can cause confidence issues when it comes to walking as they don’t feel steady.

A lot of people told me not to bother getting her checked, she will walk when she is ready and there is no need to rush her. I completely agree that there is no need to rush her, but would personally prefer to find out about any potential problems sooner rather than later. People said they would refer us to Physio which is just a waste of time. Although I wasn’t concerned I still wanted her checked out, if I was referred to Physio happy days, as far as I am concerned if it helps her development then it isn’t a waste of time.

The health visitor performed various checks at our review and as a result we have had to book an appointment to see the GP and are on the waiting list for Physio. Alarm bells rang as the creases in the backs of her legs aren’t even, one is lower than the other. This, coupled with the fact that her legs go out from the knees could mean that she has hip problems.

The health visitor mentioned that she may need a harness, but first things first we need an x-ray to identify if there are problems.

Since the health visitor left I’ve taken to Google, obviously. I have now convinced myself that she has Hip Dysplasia, I could be completely wrong and I really hope that I am, but a lot of the symptoms match up.

A harness won’t work for Aria as, at twenty months, she is too old. If Aria does have Hip Dysplasia she will likely need a spica and quite possibly, surgery. Right now I’m trying not to think about it all too much, but I’m also trying not to bury my head in the sand.

My head is awash with questions and fears, but also hope.

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  • Reply Joanna Victoria -x 27th October 2016 at 9:35 pm

    Oh bless her, good luck with her appointment hope u find out soon to put ur mind at rest.

  • Reply Alana Baby Holiday 27th October 2016 at 9:36 pm

    Oh you poor thing – it's awful having to wait to find out what's wrong. I'm exactly the same with Google and it can make you worry even more. I hope you get some answers sooner rather than later xx

  • Reply Lucy - Hello Beautiful Bear 27th October 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Oh Leanne, I'm crossing all of my fingers and toes that it's not this. It's good that they eventually came round for the review and if there is anything, she's in good hands and will be getting all of the help that she needs. You've got to think that again, if there is anything they've caught it early so it can all be sorted.
    I'm sure it's just a confidence issue, she seems like the happiest little girl and surely she would be irritable and angsty more often if she was experiencing any discomfort?
    Please keep us all updated and hopefully it's just something small and quickly/gently dealt with rather than anything else (Google isn't always your friend but I know I'd be doing the same!)
    Sending hugs and try not to worry, it'll be OK
    X X

  • Reply Belle du Brighton 27th October 2016 at 10:01 pm

    I would have googled too, who wouldn't! Now that the process has started though I hope things go smoothly and she can get the help if she needs it!

  • Reply Made for play 28th October 2016 at 10:36 am

    You know that I have been through all of this with my brave little munchkin. I'm here for any questions and support. I hope the appointments come through quickly so that you can at least get the right diagnosis.

  • Reply Jo Hutchinson 28th October 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Sending hugs and hoping for a speedy and simple outcome.

  • Reply Sara 28th October 2016 at 3:13 pm

    My little girl broke her femur at 15 months and ended up in a hip spica. Not going to lie, it was so awkward for her but she still managed to walk in it and it seemed to bother me rather than her. Hope it doesn't come to that for you though!

  • Reply Sam H 28th October 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Oh poor Aria 🙁 I hope it turns out to be something small xx

  • Reply Emma Irving 31st October 2016 at 11:15 pm

    When your baby isn't developing at the average speed it's naturally worrying and I'm so sorry that you're feeling this way. One of my younger sisters had hips that were out of alignment and she didn't walk until she was nearly 2 as well. At the the age of 8 she was told she would need a hip replacement but 11 years later she's still running on her old hips and apart from a little discomfort sometimes, she's really happy that my parents didn't book her in for hip surgery as a young child. Keep an eye on things and do what you feel is the best cause of action. You know your baby best and you're doing an amazing job. Stay strong mumma xxx

  • Reply Sarah Herniman 1st November 2016 at 10:48 am

    I hope that it's just a slow development, but even if it is a medical issue Aria is a tough little cookie and I know with yours and Spencer's support she'll be conquering all obstacles in no time! Sending lots of hugs xxx

  • Reply Bear and Cardigan 5th November 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Its always a worry when theres a possibility of something wrong especially when we don't know what it is and if there is a problem our imaginations always think the worse. Lets hope Aria gets diagnosed quickly and then you will know what you all face. Whatever the outcome I know you will all get through it xx Big hugs from me.

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