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My 10 month baby clenched her fists and shaked with eyes wide open 1st time today when refusing food, like a strong body spasm. Epilepsy or autism or?

My 10 month baby clenched her fists and shaked with eyes wide open 1st time today when refusing food, like a strong body spasm. Epilepsy or autism or?

Likely NEITHER: If there was no change in the baby's mental status and they simply were showing the strong emotion of anticipation to eat then, what they demonstrated can be quite understandable. However, if there are doubts or this has happened before then, you should see a pediatric neurologist. More questions? Write me at: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi Key Code: PDXFNR in order to make appointment with me. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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What does it mean if i can't clench my fists?

What does it mean if i can't clench my fists?

Something wrong: If you can not clench your fist it means there is some problem with your hand, it could be an inflammation and something causing swelling of fingers or the hand.It may be post traumatic or some kind of inflammation.Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Why does my preschooler clench his fists?

Why does my preschooler clench his fists?

Many possibilities: Kids may do this in anger or a way to cope with stress. Without knowing more about what else is going on and if you have any other concerns, this is pure speculation. ...Read more

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My 1 1/2 month baby, always clench her fist, does that mean she's in pain?

My 1 1/2 month baby, always clench her fist, does that mean she's in pain?

No: This is a natural reflex in an infant under 3-4 mo. The nervous system gradually matures & by 6m the baby can reach out, grasp & release.But early on the fingers will clinch up in response to anything touching the palm. The toes do a similar thing & will curl in around your finger if you touch the bottom of the foot near the toes. ...Read more

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Does any one have a baby that has a clenched fist sometimes and curled toes at 14 months? Is it anything to be concerned about?

Does any one have a baby that has a clenched fist sometimes and curled toes at 14 months? Is it anything to be concerned about?

Maybe...: If this has been present a while or from birth you should consult with your pediatrician. This may represent a problem that occurred during the pregnancy. ...Read more

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What can I do for this pain in hands and can't clench fist? What could it be?

What can I do for this pain in hands and can't clench fist? What could it be?

Trigger finger: Is a common cause of this complaint. There is limited mobility in the finger, pain where the finger meets the palm, often called the finger palm crease, pressure causing pain can be a sign of stenosing tenosynovitis or trigger finger it is treated by antiinflammatories, corticosteriod injection and perhaps surgery if symptoms do not go away. ...Read more

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My daughter is 3 months old and she is very tense, always has her fist clenched and toes curled and just stiff all the time! she will not relax!

My daughter is 3 months old and she is very tense, always has her fist clenched and toes curled and just stiff all the time! she will not relax!

Too tight: By three months she should not have tight fists and curled toes all the time. A milestone at two months is hands unfisted half the time. Her tone is too tight and she needs an evaluation with her doctor and referral to a neurologist. ...Read more

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Is it Normal that sometimes when I Clench my Fists they feel Weak and it's hard to do so? They also feel Tight sometimes... I'm just a little worried

Is it Normal that sometimes when I Clench my Fists they feel Weak and it's hard to do so? They also feel Tight sometimes... I'm just a little worried

Need more info: Symptoms are vague. Problem could be neurological or muscular. I would strongly advise you to make an appt with your family physician to examine you. ...Read more

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I wake up with my arms crossed over my chest and my fists clenched every morning. what could cause this??

I wake up with my arms crossed over my chest and my fists clenched every morning. what could cause this??

Lots of things.: Psychologically, are you under a lot of stress? Do you have PTSD or panic? Look at your medications. Lots of them have atypical side effects. You'll need to adjust them if they are the culprits, but do this with your prescribing physician, not on your own. If you take any non-prescription drugs, consider also "adjusting" them. ...Read more

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My premature baby is now at 8 weeks adjusted age. He has clenched fists and curled toes most of the time, he is stiff yet floppy should I worry yet?

My premature baby is now at 8 weeks adjusted age. He has clenched fists and curled toes most of the time, he is stiff yet floppy should I worry yet?

Sounds normal: Infants often quickly clench their hand to age 4 months and toes to a year. If never unclenched it is abnormal. You are likely to worry to age five just because premi's do that to moms sometimes. Your pediatrician should be monitoring these issues. I routinely sent premi's that early to early childhood programs for closer monitoring. ...Read more

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Hi is it normal that my 4 month old is still not grasping toys at all and usually has his fists clenched unless he's sucking his fingers ?

Hi is it normal that my 4 month old is still not grasping toys at all and usually has his fists clenched unless he's sucking his fingers ?

Can be nl: It should develop soon. Some babies may continue to clench their fist for another month. If in all other milestones, your baby is developing well and progressing I would jut do your pediatric routine follow up. A single finding does not typically suggest delay. The total picture is more important. ...Read more

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My hand got bit by some spider and now my whole hand is swollen but i was bitten over 24 hours ago theres no pain just harder to clench my fist?

My hand got bit by some spider and now my whole hand is swollen but i was bitten over 24 hours ago theres no pain just harder to clench my fist?

This is a reaction 2: the toxin from the bite. After 24 hours the real danger is passed, and U R dealing with edema, this makes the hand puffy & feel tight. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may B helpful, but with continued use it should clear on its own. If getting worse, call Ur PCP & B Cn. ...Read more

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Hi my son just turned 5 months yesterday and although he grabs objects and toys when placed in his hand most of the time his fists are clenched. ?

Hi my son just turned 5 months yesterday and although he grabs objects and toys when placed in his hand most of the time his fists are clenched. ?

Clenched fist: it think this is fine , keep trying to place toys in his hands and open his hands open with yours, also use awake prune time to have him bear weight on his hands. follow up with you pediatricain in next check up time ...Read more

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I'm curious about my two month old not constantly having her hands clenched in fists. She grasps if you give her your finger. Any concern?

I'm curious about my two month old not constantly having her hands clenched in fists. She grasps if you give her your finger. Any concern?

Not at this time: Primitive reflexes tend to persist through age 3 months. Review this concern with your pediatrician in your baby's up coming visit. ...Read more

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When i make a fist and clench really hard, when i release all of my fingers cramp and its hard to extend them back out, but when I do the cramps gone.?

When i make a fist and clench really hard, when i release all of my fingers cramp and its hard to extend them back out, but when I do the cramps gone.?

Trigger finger or: Muscle spasm and cramping, either one is possible. If you also have swollen or slightly stiff joints the increased force in the joint when you make a fist may also make the fluid in the joint space redistribute and it may interfere with terminal extension , you ar ein effect making your joint stiff. All these things may be happening at the same time. ...Read more

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3-4 hours ago I started to experience severe shooting type pain starting from my wrist up to my elbows in both arms every time I clench my fist. ?

3-4 hours ago I started to experience severe shooting type pain starting from my wrist up to my elbows in both arms every time I clench my fist. ?

Impingement: This is an impingement affecting nerves and or muscles or even vessels of the forearms during tensing caused by clenching fists. It's possible that you have thickened ligaments in the wrists which press on nerves which would be a variant of the classic carpal tunnel syndrome which causes hand symptoms usually. If you want to clinch the diagnosis consult a hand surgeon or a neurologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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