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9 month not sitting

01/30/2009

Question:

my 9half month is still not able to sit unassissted. he was a 34week premmei. he started army crawling by 8 months ans started standing while holding onto furniture by 9 months. in a stroller if we make hinm sit , he sits there and tries to sit himself also while holding it but when i put him down in a sitting position he sits for few sec with his back bending and falls forward or sidewards. he is quite underweight also ()only 6.3 kgs). can u please advise whether i should take him to a physical therapist. thanks in andvance

Answer:

The best advice is to discuss your concerns with his primary care provider who can examine him, do a developmental assessment and provide more detailed and specific advice than I can.

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Response by:

Michael Spigarelli, MD, PhD
Formerly, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati