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my one year old graanson stil clenches his fists like an infant. should i be concerned?

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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Constant or sometime: If the kid can open the hands at will to touch items with a single finger & explore objects i would worry less . If the hand is held tightly clenched all the time you should have him evaluated.That would suggest neurologic injury.
Answered on Nov 10, 2018
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Dr. Jawad Javed
Dr. Jawad Javed commented
Specializes in Neonatology
Might be a concern
Nov 10, 2018
Dr. Jawad Javed
Specializes in Neonatology
Could be concerning: At one year of age, the infant grasp reflex should be long extinguished. If in the clenching of the fiat the thumb in not nearly tucked into the fist but instead sticking out in between the middle and ring fingers (see photo), this would be of greater concern for underlying neurological disease process.
Answered on Apr 23, 2019

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