Most children learn to walk between the ages of 12 – 18 months
However a typical walking pattern, like we see in adults, may not fully develop until the ages of 7 to 9 years old.
You may notice your child’s walking pattern (“gait”) change a lot during this time. Many of these changes are part of the normal development of gait as their bones and muscles grow and develop. These changes are not usually a cause for concern.
If your child has developed a limp and shows any of the following signs you should urgently call 111 who will triage if your child needs urgent care:
Most normal variants of gait do not require treatment and will usually resolve on their own as your child gets older.
Speak to a healthcare professional if your child is also getting pains in their legs, is struggling or unable to do their usual activities or their walking pattern is getting worse over time.
Wearing well-fitting, supportive footwear is helpful to support your child’s normal gait development.
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