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9 months baby not crawling. Is it normal?

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My daughter is 9.5 months old. We adopted her from a childrens home when she was 5 months old. She is not yet able to sit unsupported. She rolled before 4.5 months. She is not crawling or swimming or creeping. She is also not going on all fours. Approximately a month back she started moving around by rolling. But she does that only when she is on bed. She does not do that when she is on a mat or on the floor. Should any physiotherapy be done? She is saying "Papa" or "Bapa". Shoud we consult any specialist? Should she be assssesd?
Posted Mon, 3 Dec 2012 in Growth and Development in Children
Answered by Dr. Sumitra Kumar Mukherjee 45 minutes later

Thanks for the query.

The babies between the ages of 7-9 months can roll over in both directions even in their sleep. Some can sit on their own while some need support. The babies can cruise along the edge of the couch or coffee table, crawl across the room, transfer objects from one hand to the other and put directly to their mouths, communicate with sounds, some respond to their own name and can say "ba ba ba" or
"da da".

Having said that I must tell you there are huge variations of mile stones of development in children in both physical and intellectual. And such delayed developments are usually not concerning. However, I understand your concern; therefore if you are worried about her physical developments, it is worth assessing her with expert Paediatrician.

Hope this answers your query. Let me know if you have other concerns.

Kindest regards
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