I’ve been following Tots on Target Instagram for a while now, but just joining the community today after a poor visit to the orthopedist.
Here’s the story:
My second will be one in a few days. He is a 33 weeker due to preeclampsia. He spent two and a half weeks in the nicu and had no physical problems. Apart from some rough acid reflux he has been thriving. Hitting his gross motor milestones at or just ahead of expectations. He started crawling at 9 months and I noticed he dragged his right leg. I mentioned it to our pediatrician, but it had only been going on for 2 weeks so she didn’t seem concerned and I knew he had some initial trouble transitioning in and out of sitting, but it passed so I decided to wait and see if this passed too.
About a month after Ped visit we had a checkup at the high risk infant clinic. They wanted to check on his development. I pointed out the crawling to them and both the OT and NP who checked him said that his right hamstring felt tighter than his left. They told me to have my Ped write a referral for an orthopedist to get it checked out as they couldn’t find an impingement and didn’t think PT was the right way to go.
So after calling ped, getting referral and finally going to ortho here I am. The ortho was a pompous dismissive and said he doesn’t need to crawl properly, will probably drag that leg for a bit when he starts walking and then grow out of it. He told me stay clear of Dr Google and he didn’t notice any tightness in that leg.
Having followed Tots on Target and Kinactive Kids for a while now I know I should be addressing this, but being on an hmo I’m unlikely to get another referral and even if I do the next person may be more of the same. He’s now pulling to stand (always starts with his left leg) and has taken a few cruising steps. So I’m looking for things I can do at home to help my little one. I don’t fear him being delayed, just not properly/evenly developing his muscles.
Edited to add - he stands/cruises on his toes a lot. I know this can be normal, but just wanted to include it in case it’s useful info. And apologies for my long post