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Autism Clenched Fists
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
ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...Read more
11 month baby, doesn't crawl properly. Keeps eye contact. Does not want to walk. Seems to be unhappy most of days. Sometimes clinches fists. Autism?
DiscussWithPediatric: You do not diagnose Autism this way. Even though there is delay in milestone as far as crawling is concerned as most babies learn to crawl between 7 and 10 months age. But some babies are late and it is not a sign of autism. Discuss your concern with baby's Pediatrician at next well baby visit at 12 months age ...Read more
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
Need more: Information about history. You may want to have you hand examined. ...Read more
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?
Suspect repeat stroke due to slurred speech so went over. She was leaning to 1 side, clenching fists, unable to stand, speech slurred-whatwas goingon?
ER: Could be stroke, could be bleed. In any case, this needs to be reevaluated. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
My hand got bit by some spider and now my whole hand is swollen but I was bitten over 24 hours ago there's 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
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
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
Small bumps on my r middle and ring finger knuckles and they hurt when I clench a fist. They've been there for months and I don't know what they are?
Needs to be checked: We need more information and need a visual exam to tell you what these are. So see your doctor or a dermatologist. ...Read more
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
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
My 17 month old occasionally stiffens up and his eyes are wide open sometimes clenching his mouth and fist. It always seems to happen when he is doing something active (reaching for something, or eating)
The top center of my hand hurts whenever I bend it down or clench my fist. Kinda like I'm pulling a muscle. Is this a sprain?
Could be: Need some more history. Did you injure the hand? Need more information please to help you ...Read more
My 12 day old daughter won't sleep. She seems fussyt. Last night she had her fists clenched. I gave her gas drops not sure it helped. Spits up a lot?
See pediatrician: A 12 day old can have many reasons for not sleeping. Reflux needs to be treated if that is the cause. But there are also ways to switch the days and nights. Due to the young age you should see your pediatrician to discuss this after a complete physical exam and weight check. ...Read more
My 4yr old son keeps moving his eyes to the side. Also clenching his fists when talking or thinking. He used to have a habbit of sniffing but has stop?
My fingers click when I clench them into a fist and my elbow and knee click if I leave them in one position for too long and then put them straight. Should I be concerned?
Do not be alarmed: This is normal for many people to have crepitus in their joints. It is not anything to be worried about. ...Read more
I punched a wall yesterday and my little finger knuckle has been swollen ever since and I can't clench my fist, arm and wrist aches up to shoulder?
Boxer's fracture: Go to ER or UC clinic for an x-ray and splinting. ...Read more
Random tired feeling in left arm/hand. Able to clench fist tightly and hold arms straight in air etc. Can you still have a TIA without full stroke sym?
Hit cement floor with palm moveable painful knot where knuckle "was" it hurts to clench a fist and pick anything up. Is this boxers fracture?
Could be: Get an X-ray and see a hand specialist at your age it can involve the growth plate ...Read more
Punched a wall. Pinky seems a lil crooked, and slight swelling in the back of hand area below ring and pinky fingers. Fist can be clenched. Fracture?
Boxers Fracture: You have likely fractured the head of your 5th metacarpal neck with possible displacement and angulation. Do not use your hand, protect it and visit an Orthopaedic Surgeon in clinic. You need x-rays and splinting until an ortho has a chance to schedule you for a closed reduction of the fracture (putting it back in place) and then percutaneous pinning, casting, or in some cases operative fixation. ...Read more
A neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between ...Read more