Babies Walking On Knees
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Babies Walking On Knees

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Babies walking on knees is a significant milestone in their milestone. 

An infant’s physical development is greatly influenced by its kneeling. With the help of their knees, children begin to walk.

Walking on their knees is the first step toward standing.

As a baby walks, its bones strengthen and gain flexibility for walking, running, bending, and even running.

Therefore, a protein and calcium-rich diet should be given to the baby when he begins to walk.

Babies Walking On Knees

While your baby may be ready to start walking, don’t be surprised if it takes her a while to grasp the concept.

Children as young as toddlers and even as old as teenagers often suffer from issues such as bowlegs and pigeon toes. 

The cramped conditions in the womb cause most babies to be born bow-legged.

Because the bones (which are still somewhat soft) in a baby’s legs are flexible, they become curled. 

Bowlegs are not a cause for concern unless your baby’s legs are extremely or unequally curved.

As the child grows and walks, their bones naturally straighten as they bear weight on their legs.

Newcomers to walking often look bowlegged due to their bending of the knees to maintain balance and support themselves.

1. Knee Walking: What Is It?

It is a method of locomotion in which a child kneels tall in a kneeling position and “walks” on their knees.

These children can pull themselves up, but they may not.

In terms of learning to walk, we typically progress from crawling to pulling ourselves up to standing, walking sideways while holding onto furniture, holding hands, and then walking independently.

2. Does Knee Walking Pose A Problem?

Knee walking may seem like a practical method of getting around for a toddler, but there are numerous disadvantages to this type of walking.

To begin with, knee walking isn’t a long-term solution for your child.

Knee walking is not a condition many children outgrow, so it is always better to address it sooner. 

You should consider the posture of children who knee walk.

Knee walking causes your back to arch, which does not help develop a good position of your leg and its core strength.

The progression of motor skills is a significant concern for knee walkers.

When children learn how to walk, they lay the foundation for many other abilities, such as running, climbing, walking upstairs, jumping, and other activities.

Children who kneel walk do not lay the foundation needed to progress their skills.

The development of their motor skills can get stuck without intervention.

3. Knee Walking Can Occur For Several Reasons

The two most common causes of knee walking are listed below. Joint instability is the first cause.

As a child walks on their knees, only the hip is working. In kneel walking, the child does not have to worry about his ankles or feet.

It usually occurs when the joints are insecure.

Instability of the ankle or knee can result from poor joint alignment, flat feet, low muscle tone, or weak muscles in the leg or ankle.  

An impaired vestibular system is another cause of knee-walking in children.

During the vestibular system, inner ear fluid sends signals to the brain informing the position of the head.

Children may kneel to keep their bodies closer to the ground to feel safer.

Standing up on your feet independently can be scary when this system fails.  

A child’s knee walking may be caused by either or both factors.

A physical therapist can determine the underlying cause of knee walking in a child.  

4. Concerns To Be Aware Of:

Kids usually grow out of these quirky walking styles, but if you notice any of these symptoms, speak with your doctor right away.

  • One leg only bows in; one toe turns in, one leg drags)
  • A red or swollen leg or foot
  • Leaning
  • Walking with pain
  • Outwardly turned legs
  • Constantly tripping and falling

5. What Can You Do If A Child Has Unusual Walking Patterns To Help Them?

Consider talking to your local health professional, a pediatrician, physiotherapist, osteopath, or chiropractor about your child’s walking style if you are concerned.

With our fantastic team, you can start doing some of these ideas at home.

#1 Massage

Massaging feet and legs help provide circulation towards the brain to keep these body parts working!

It also stimulates proprioceptive responses in the joints, muscles, and tendons by increasing blood flow to the area.

Press firmly, but not painfully. 

Squeeze the feet and toes first, then the ankles, the calf muscles, the knee joints, the upper thighs, and the child’s hips. Do this repeatedly.

#2 Encourage climbing

A person climbing a ladder barefoot will find that the soles of their feet bend and the ankles move as a result.

While climbing, the legs flex and extend, which inhibits the TLR.

#3 Slides

Before you can slide down the slide, you must walk UP to it. It is an excellent way to stretch the muscles in the back of the legs!

#4 Exercising And Playing Games That Stretch And Flex Your Joints

As your muscles move from flexion to extension, your brain learns to coordinate the movements.

The tendons can be released and stretched by squatting and waddling like a duck (for example).

#5 Vestibular Exercises

Movement of the neck stimulates the TLR reflex; therefore, it is activated and inhibited by the vestibular system (balance organs).

Therefore, any activity that enables the balance mechanisms will be helpful – rolling, spinning, rocking, and jumping are all beneficial.

Read more on toddler development: When Should A Child Be Able To Count To 10

Summary

Now you know about babies walking on their knees.

Even though knee walking is ordinary and necessary for babies, you should consult a pediatrician or a therapist if there are any abnormalities.

A pediatric physical therapist will identify the underlying cause of knee walking and develop a treatment plan to help your child get up and moving.

Various treatments are available, including orthotics for the feet to stabilize ankle and knee joints, strengthening exercises for the core and legs, and vestibular rehabilitation. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are The Chances Of A Baby Walking On Its Knees?

As soon as a baby is born, it creates automatic patterns of movement that stimulate the body’s muscles and teach the baby to stretch and relax. A baby learns to walk on tiptoes healthily.

Is Walking On Knees Something Babies Do When They Are Babies?

When an infant is 4-5 months old, they can stand upright with support from their legs.

The hips stretch during this early standing phase, strengthening the leg muscles.

Infants begin to stand on their own, bend their knees, and bounce up and down when upright.

Who Are The More Competent Late Walkers?

Research shows that early walkers are neither more advanced nor more intelligent than later.

As a matter of fact, by the time kids start school, those who start walking later are just as well-coordinated and smart as those who start walking early.

 

 

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Iesha Mulla

Iesha is a loving mother of 2 beautiful children. She's an active parent who enjoys indoor and outdoor adventures with her family. Her mission is to share practical and realistic parenting advice to help the parenting community becoming stronger.

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