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Learning to walk properly can take up to 3 years
Children usually start taking their first steps around the first year of life. The first steps of the toddler are still very uncertain, and the child observed from the outside gives the impression unstable and clumsy. Very often, after walking a few steps, the legs bend under it and the toddler lands on the floor. Usually these are harmless falls that do not discourage the child from making further attempts to walk and improve this new and fascinating skill.
When learning to walk, a child up to three years old often falls over and it is completely natural. It will take a long time before the toddler learns to properly position his feet and legs, coordinate his steps with his eyesight and avoid obstacles. So it can be said that up to the age of three, a child's falls and falling over should not cause us much concern. Falling over is a completely natural result of learning to walk and the practice of proper motor coordination.
When an older child often falls over
Sometimes it happens that despite the fact that the child is already large and should have the perfect art of walking, he still falls without a clear reason. However, before we start worrying, remember that every child develops at their own pace and sometimes even four-year-olds may still have problems walking properly. This is particularly important if the child started taking the first steps quite late, because some children start walking on their own only at the age of 18 months, and this is absolutely correct.
In most cases, when the child often falls over while walking, it means that I just need more time to learn to walk. Just in case, however, share yours concerns with the pediatrician which, if necessary, may order additional tests. In some cases, you may fall over often while walking caused by problems with the labyrinth, poor eyesight or problems of a neurological nature. Frequent falling over in older children can also be a symptom of dyspraxia, one of the developmental disorders, as well as a symptom of celiac disease.
Symptoms that should alert us
Sometimes, the child's frequent falling over while walking is also accompanied by other disturbing symptoms that may indicate the child's health problems. These include:
- vomiting (especially in the morning);
- poor eyesight (the child trips over objects because they cannot see them);
- poor hearing (we must repeat the command loudly for the child to respond to it);
- awkward movements (the child seems awkward, awkward, has problems with drawing, buttoning, etc.);
- difficulty keeping balance in a standing position.
If such symptoms also accompany your child falling over frequently, it's a good idea to visit a doctor as soon as possible and ask for additional consultation with a neurologist, ophthalmologist or ENT specialist.
A child who often falls over despite the fact that he is already at the age at which he should walk well, may have poor eyesight, problems with the labyrinth or suffer from diseases of the nervous system. To be sure, it is worth consulting a doctor to find out what is really behind the frequent falls of the child and to better help him achieve full fitness.