Arm flapping

Arm flapping

Hi
My baby is 7 months and recently she started arm flapping and twisting at the wrist. She often screams & stiffen her arm,legs and body.Otherwise she’s achieved all other milestones of her age. She smiles,plays with me,identify familiar sounds,good eye contact & sits without support.Should I be worried about the flapping/screaming/stiffening?Kindly advice

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  1. My baby started doing all those at 5 months. Only thing she wasn’t flapping at the wrist but at the elbow. She screams at the top of her voice just for fun and when we ask her to keep quiet she will smile back at us and start again. She would also stiffen her body when we pick up to jump out. I researched and found that the screaming is because they found they have a voice and is fascinated by the sounds they can produce. My only concern was the hand flapping. I checked with some experts in bundoo and also with the doctors. They all said it’s fine and not really anything to do with autism. However they all also added that nothing can be said till they turn 1 yr or 18 months. If the hand flapping continues then after 1 yr then you should visit a doc. I am told that it disappears as they are just certain phases of a infants first year when they are discovering new things.

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    1. Thanku so much for sharing Rajesh!

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    2. Rajesh – this advice is wonderful! You are absolutely correct!

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    3. Hi Rajesh
      Hope your lil one is good:) I visited my paediatrician few days ago and he said the same as you described above. I’ve also raised my concern re not always responding while being called especially when she’s playing as I read in many article that baby identifies their name somewhere between 6-9 months and honestly I feel like she’s only recognising familiar voice and not her name. My paed isn’t worried here also. He said as long as she’s smiling at your face and identifies your voice it’s fine & immediate advice on stop browsing too much on google & avoid overthinking.. well it’s a parent thing i guess!

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      1. That last statement of yours is the key. Reading too much is making us miss all the wonderful moments. I have an elder son who is 11 yrs(yes a big gap between my baby daughter(7 months) and elder son). When our daughter was born we started reading a lot and getting nervous every month about our baby. She eventually will show us that we were getting worried for no reason. Then one day when me and my wife were discussing we realized, our elder one had missed every milestone and we never realized. You can scream his name at the top of your voice and he won’t look. But we never bothered (since we were not googling every hour we didn’t know that was a problem). He started walking at 1.5 yrs and we never wondered why he is late. I can go on and on. Now at 11 is very athletic and academically top in his school.
        Me and my wife decided we are not going to be worried on what our baby does and not. When she is 18 months old we will let our doctor know what she does and not and then take it from there.
        Trust me it’s a waste of precious time to spend worried and we also unknowingly put lot of pressure on the baby to do things we expect her to because we keep googling.

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        1. Exactly! My husband says afterall they’re not something which can be exchanged in the market or shops.& advise to enjoy & take care of them:)
          I’ll keep updating here so that it might help other worrying parents.

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  2. Hi Rits! I agree with the brilliant Rajesh! This is a common behavior at 7 months and often indicates excitement (either positive or negative). Sometimes, babies will twist their little ankles too. Often they are intently watching or interested in something when doing so. With all other developmental milestones being normal, then I am not worried. Of course, you will see her pediatrician soon for her 9 month well child exam and can demonstrate the behavior there as well.

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    1. Thanku so much Dr Sara for taking time to reply. Bundoo is doing a wonderful job 🙂

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