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A 35-year-old female asked:

My 7-month old baby shakes his head from side to side when he's tired. he also flaps his arms a lot all the time. is this normal?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sylvia Romm
Pediatrics 14 years experience
Usually normal: Head banging and arm flapping is a common way for children to soothe themselves and usually nothing to worry about. However, in some kids it can be part of a developmental problem. Frequent head banging or arm flapping, particularly if you're worried about a developmental delay or unusual social interactions, should be evaluated by a doctor.
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 52 years experience
Use developmental screens on firstsigns.org & show his doctor a video of the behaviors when you take him in. After a physical & neurological exam, his doctor can better advise you. You can call your state's Early Intervention Program for a developmental assessment, as well.
Jun 17, 2014
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 60 years experience
Head shaking: He may be shaking his head because he is teething. Flapping his arms may be his way of enjoying himself
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