Finger Flicking(opening and closing of fingers) 7 months

Finger Flicking(opening and closing of fingers) 7 months

My 7 month old does finger flicking a lot on surfaces such as toys, clothes, my neck when held. sometimes in air too(rarely)
Is it something to be worried about?

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  1. Hi FTM! This is very common in 7 month olds. They are exploring using their hands as well as the sensation of touch. They will stroke, flick or pet different surfaces to learn and explore. You’ll be seeing many new behaviors around this age as they begin to really look outward at the world and interact with it. You’ll see this exploration in new facial expressions and new body movements. At age 9 months, you will have another well child exam. Your pediatrician will look for some of these new moments as signs of normal development in addition to asking questions about feeding, sleep, social interaction and growth. Enjoy!

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  2. Hi! My daughter just turned 1 year old. She’s been (in my mind) a little behind physically, just learning to crawl (though she scooted at 11 months and rolled everywhere she wanted to go before that). She can stand hanging on to something, but not pull herself up. For a while now, she has waved her arms pretty constantly. My mom mentioned something today and said that it could be connected to autism, and as I looked up arm waving, it looks as though it is hand flapping. Are these things consistent with an autism diagnosis? What should I be looking for? Of course, I will be going to her one year appointment in the coming weeks, but it would be helpful to know what to look for and if I should look for other symptoms.

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    1. Hi Dorothy! The important thing to remember is that children with Autism Spectrum Disorder have several changes that involve more than just hand flapping. Alone, hand flapping, arm waving, hand twirling, etc don’t diagnose much. Your pediatrician will get an overall big picture during your 12 month exam. There you will discuss her social development, her emotional development, her fine motor, gross motor and intellectual development. Only all together can we determine if a child is showing signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder. I think you are smart to notice a slight delay in her gross motor skills, so I would mention that as a starting point for your conversation. Good luck and make sure to keep that appointment! Especially now, we want to keep our babies on track for good health!

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