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Baby Clenches 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
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
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?
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. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Need more: Information about history. You may want to have you hand examined. ...Read more
My baby will be 5 months on april 9th she still has her fist closed most of the time! Is that normal still?
Should be able to...: She should be able to open her hand to let go of something she is holding, and batting at objects, perhaps even starting to reach towards things, maybe grabbing them if she comes across them, usually bringing them to her mouth, esp more towards 5-6 months. She should be able to do these things pretty equally with both hands. If she's not, i'd check with her dr. To make sure her development is ok. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A new TipTap: As my collegues point out, children communicate as best they are able. And sometimes the innate behavior is a tantrum. Hese are done to obtain a goal which includes attention. Ignoring teaches the child that this will not work. After the tantrum is over, give a hug to reinforce the " good" behavior. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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?
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
Most likely normal: Fisting is a normal behavior is infants. This should become less common as they grow and develop. By 6 months they should be reaching and grabbing and exchanging between the two hands. Fine motor development is well defined and should be reviewed by your pediatrician. If there are problems, he may suggest further evaluations. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
POTENTIALLY YES: Clubbed feet on its own and without any other associated dysmorphic features, does not have any serious implications, but when associated with other features, i.E clinched fist (beyond 6-12 months old), small for gestational age, microcephaly (small head) etc. Should be a cause for concern, thus requires evaluation, both by a geneticist and neurologist. ...Read more
Can the tucking of my baby's thumbs in her fists be associated with neurodevelopmental issues? She is 6 weeks.
Maybe, maybe not: Fisting is common in the first couple of months as a reflex in the newborn & often can be triggered bu the lightest touch on the palm or just happen. This brings the fingers & thumb in to a clutched position. By 3-4 mo the baby will have the hand open more & the reflexive grasp gives way to a purposeful grasp. A hard inward deviation of the thumb that will not relax is a problem ...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!
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
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