Growth Spurt and Regression

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Registered: 10-19-2011
Growth Spurt and Regression
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Wed, 10-19-2011 - 3:36pm

Has anyone noticed if their children have a noticeable regression in their physical ability after a growth spurt? My daughter grew from about 28" to 29.75" in about a month and now seems to be having difficulty holding herself in a sitting position. I've been blaming myself believing I haven't been as diligent with her PT as I could have been.

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Thu, 10-20-2011 - 1:18am
My daughter will waiver back and forth with her skills. Anytime her body makes a high demand change she will struggle with muscle weakness. We use to think regression, but now our OT and PT are more sure that her muscles lose strength when she has a growth spurt or when she is trying to accomplish some other milestones. For instance when she is walking well, she stops eating orally (we have a g-tube). Or like this week, she is eating fantastically, but she is very bow legged and clumsy when walking. Our therapists have been talking to our GI doctor because they think Madison is not absorbing nutrients correctly and her brain is not getting all the nutrition it needs to support all the skills at once.

I would mention it to her doctors and her therapists that see her regularly to get their thoughts on what is happening. Praying for quick answers and an easy fix :)
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Registered: 09-17-2011
Mon, 10-24-2011 - 2:06pm
I've noticed that when Mia hits a growth spurt she's more easily frustrated and if she recently acquired a skill she'll loose it for a couple of days to weeks. She'll also regress to more comfortable positions and toys than ones that are new or recently learned positions. She just recently started being able to sit independently for 30 seconds and also gained a lb! All of a sudden she couldn't tolerate hold her frame up in sitting for more than five - seven seconds and she would just scream and cry in frustration. It went like that for nine days then it was like it never happened.
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Wed, 10-26-2011 - 4:56pm

I noticed the same thing with Rae, but I was more concerned that it was due to us being out of town during a stressful family situation and me not being as diligent with her PT. Before we left she was sitting 30+ and then dropped to 10 to 12. I felt a little crushed, but now she is back on track...at least until the next growth spurt. Glad to hear about Mia's progress.

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Thu, 10-27-2011 - 4:25pm

This happens to typically developing kids, too.

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