Any advice on helping a clumsy walker?

So my family and I recently gained custody of my niece. Her mother wasn’t taking care of her as she should. My niece was constantly in their hospital for head injuries, and my sister just didn’t really care to take care of her. The state finally stepped in and took hold of my nice. Fast forward, and she’s living with us now. She’s 3yrs old—very sweet, but very high maintenance. My sister would constantly keep my niece in her car seat, highchair, pack, and play, etc. So she is a VERY clumsy walker. She looks like a little drunk person. I was wondering if any momma’s had any tips on how to help a clumsy walker? I just get so scared of her running into a wall or the tables and hurting herself, and I have two kids of my own to take care of as well, so trying to keep an eye on my two and make sure my niece isn’t going to run into everything gets very hard. But I’m not going to keep her confined to a small space anymore; she needs to play and walk around. My anxiety is just very high when she’s on her feet. Any advice would be helpful.

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A baby helmet :slightly_smiling_face:
She sounds like she’s learning how to walk as a baby smaller than her would. I would honestly put a helmet on her and let her roam and strengthen her walking skills. But good on u for stepping in ! The world needs more people like you :two_hearts:

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Purchase the safety stuff for tables, corner guards and stuff. I’m sure though with some freedom and practice she will be much more sturdy before you know it

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Maybe see an occupational therapist she could have some developmental delays your not aware of … not being rude just better to be safe then sorry you never know

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try and find a see if there’s a trampoline gym in your area or around your area so that those mats all over the place and get a helmet for her and then the other kid plays well?

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See if you can get her physical therapy to help.

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Has she had a physical?

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Ask her pediatrician to send her to Physical therapy to help strengthen her core and legs.

Have her ears checked

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Have you had her ears checked . She may need tubes in her ears. May have fluid buildup

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Take her outside in the yard, roll, kick throw a ball. Let her run aroud in a safe environment. A handicapp park would work too

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Check if she walks on her tippy toes yes and see if occupational therapy can help!

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Not sure where you live but in ohio there is a program that helps with child development. You should see if there is a similar program where you live. https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/help-me-grow/help-me-grow

Has she seen an eye doctor? Her clumsy walking could be an underlying health condition that has gone undiagnosed. She also could have damaged her inner ear with a head injury.

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If she had head injuries she likely is suffering brain injury. As someone else suggested, contact her physician and social workers about physical therapy ASAP.

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Maybe PT and OT there maybe an issues why she is so clumsy! My son was almost 2 till he walked! Gets PT and OT still at school he is now 6!! He has balance issues and has had lots of ear issues!!

I would get her a trampoline with the handle to hold onto to strengthen her muscles.

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She needs to see a pediatrician. She may have fluid in her ears that makes her wobbly and she needs to be evaluated developmentally. She may need physical and occupational therapies. Since she’s over three, the state won’t send early intervention to your house for free but she could receive therapies at a public school pre-K.

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Have you had her eyes checked?

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An occupational therapist. At least an eval. I’m surprised they didn’t suggest that

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