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Baby and kid hand sanitizer information?

Baby and kid hand sanitizer information?

Be careful: If children's swallow these agent they could be harmful to the child and end up in er. ...Read more

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Hand Flapping (Definition)

Movement involving flapping one or both hands. It is a stimming behavior. Although often associated with autism - this behavior can also occur with people ...Read more


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Autism and hand flapping?

Autism and hand flapping?

Self-stim: "hand-flapping" is a prominent form of self-stimulation. It is not clear why it is common in autism, but may have to do with anxiety, an inability to "connect" meaningfully outside of oneself (which seems to be what autistics have in common with blind or deaf persons, who also hand-flap and "stim" a lot), and/or difficulty with effective communication (like retarded persons, who often also "stim"). ...Read more

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Why does an autistic child headbangs, rocking, twirling, spinning and hand flapping?

Why does an autistic child headbangs, rocking, twirling, spinning and hand flapping?

Typical symptoms: Autism is a biochemical disorder and these symptoms are typical of a sick brain. You need to see a physician who has been trained by "defeat autism now". The headquarters of the organizaion is in san diego and they cangive you directions. ...Read more

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Is hand flapping normal?

Is hand flapping normal?

No: It is not normal. May be neurotic or OCD mannerism, but may be organic. ...Read more

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Hand flapping and crossing eyes?

Hand flapping and crossing eyes?

Needs eye exam: Your question has very little information. Nevertheless, crossing of the eyes is not normal. It is more worrisome in a child since their brain is developing so i suggest a pediatric ophthalmologist exam. Arm flapping is non-specific so i suggest a neurologist exam. ...Read more

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Hand flapping in adults?

Hand flapping in adults?

Tremor: This sounds like a tremor, which could be neurological and needs evaluation. ...Read more

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Is head crawling in 10.5 months old infant normal? He is also doing weird hand movement (twirling his right hand).

Is head crawling in 10.5 months old infant normal? He is also doing weird hand movement (twirling his right hand).

Concerned : Using the head to crawl is unusual, especially when combined with abnormal head movements. An evaluation of motor strength and unusual muscular tone is warranted. A general pediatrician should be able to perform the initial exam and determine if further work up or referral is necessary. ...Read more

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3 year old son does hand flapping when excited.

3 year old son does hand flapping when excited.

Normal Behavior: Not to worry. As long as his growth and development, behavior are age appropriate, he is fine. ...Read more

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Baby gum deformed from sucking thumb?

Baby gum deformed from sucking thumb?

Thumb sucking: It is normal and i would not worry unless it goes beyond two years. Children can change the shape of their palate with thumb sucking. Don't stress it and consult your pediatrician or pediatric dentist. ...Read more

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My baby was born left hand on face. She can move easily hand, slightly elbow & shoulder. Any pain while moving but she doesn't lift hand by herself?

My baby was born left hand on face. She can move easily hand, slightly elbow & shoulder. Any pain while moving but she doesn't lift hand by herself?

Brachial nerve palsy: I recommend seeing a doctor for a history and physical exam. Perhaps the baby has a brachial plexus nerve palsy (stretch injury) where the nerves were stretched at the neck/shoulder area during birth. It is also called Erb's palsy. Daily physical therapy exercises can sometimes help recover or help recover faster. ...Read more

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6 month babyboy.sleeps less hand flapping attimes head banging last few days.shows toungueout when playing.rest normal.anglefreman syndrome?

6 month babyboy.sleeps less hand flapping attimes head banging last few days.shows toungueout when playing.rest normal.anglefreman syndrome?

Oh No!: If you are worried that your 6 month old may have Angelman's syndrome, pl rest in peace as most cases have significant developmental delays that your infant is not showing. The best thing would be to let your baby's pediatrician assess him during his 6 month visit. If your worries have started after a recent normal visit, the likelihood then would be even less. ...Read more

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Does baby daughter with clubbed feet, clinched fists, small size haveserious condition?

Does baby daughter with clubbed feet, clinched fists, small size haveserious condition?

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

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Toddler speech delay and arm flapping autistic or not?

Toddler speech delay and arm flapping autistic or not?

Needs evaluation!: Bring your toddler in to your pediatrician and voice your concerns about his development. We screen for a variety of early behaviors that increase risk. Does your child smile and interact with others? Does he gesture and point? Does he seem to understand what you say? How is his hearing? Does he have good eye contact with you and others? What does his preschool teacher think? Best of Luck! ...Read more

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Down on hands and knees installing flooring. Left hand/ wrist are swollen, pinky finger and palm numb, hand weak, can't open hand completely.

Down on hands and knees installing flooring. Left hand/ wrist are swollen, pinky finger and palm numb, hand weak, can't open hand completely.

Compression of nerve: which will hopefully be temporary. The usual position for a person installing flooring is to support your weight on your extended wrists. This compresses/stretches the nerves as they travel in your wrist to your hand. What you describe is serious, though. But if you stop injuring it, it should improve in a few hours...up to a day or so. Splint it. If it persists longer than 12-24 hours, go to ER ...Read more

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My baby is 10 wks, he often holds his thumbs btwn 1st& middle fingers should we b "teaching" not to?

My baby is 10 wks, he often holds his thumbs btwn 1st& middle fingers should we b "teaching" not to?

No "teaching" needed: A normal, healthy 10 week-old baby who is using his first 2 fingers to grasp his thumb in either hand should stop doing it as he develops more, and starts holding other things. At routine baby check-ups at 1 month, 2 months, 3 months, 4 months, 6 months, etc... Parents should talk with the doctor about any such baby behaviors. The doctor can refer to a specialist if the baby seems abnormal. ...Read more