Ronan was born 3 months early and he has had quite a few setbacks with his gross motor skills. We have been going to physio for about a year now and it has been an amazing help for him.
He did not start rolling until he was around 7 months “corrected”, properly sitting until 13 months “corrected”, he is still not walking at 15 months “corrected” but he is standing and walking along holding onto the furniture. We have been working very closely with him with exercises at home until he reaches each milestone. He had a habit of head scooting backwards until he started to crawl. If he wants to get somewhere quicker though he does still occasionally head scoot which is quite cute but it makes you wonder if they will be doing it at 4 years old!
When we were told that Ronan needed physio it was actually quite dis-heartening. I felt like a failure as a mother because my child wasn’t developing at the rate of a “normal child” or full term baby but after attending and speaking with the physio it was actually a common thing amongst premature babies. We were also quite worried about the cost involved but after our appointment we were only charged $10 for 45mins. Ronan attends physio at the local hospital and it is the best thing we could have done.
One thing i have learnt with premature babies is that they do things their way and when they want to. Physio is a great way to encourage them to do things the easier way. In the first 5 months of Ronan being home i used to be like every other parent and read all about milestones and compared Ronan with the charts. I have thrown any charts out the window now and just concentrate on what he is doing now and encourage him with each new step no matter how slow.