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.
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.