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When Will My Baby Start To Unclench His Fists
Baby's fists: By about 6 months, a baby's clenched fist usually disappears. ...Read more
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 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 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 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
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 more
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
Does anyone have a baby that has a clenched fist sometimes and curled toes at 14 months? Is it anything to be concerned about?
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
My three month old baby is dribbling and biting her fist, could it be possible she is teething? Even at a young age?
I am an expecting mother At 28 weeks I had primary herpes so it was the fist time and now I am terrified of my baby having congenital will she?
Discuss with Ur doc: Generally,the baby delivered during/thru a pelvis affected by primary herpes is at the greatest risk. If your primary infection spared the baby (common), there is less but some risk if delivered while you have a reinsurance. Some schedule a c-section to avoid the risk and others take meds to suppress recurrences. ...Read more
My 2 month old baby is a little fussy and keeps sucking on his fist and biting on my shoulder, could it be too early to be teething? He is well-fed
Sucking/biting: The newborn is endowed with a tremendous drive to suckle, based on the pleasure sensors in their lips. This helps them learn to feed, after 9 months of nutrition via umbilical cord. The sucking, biting, gnawing behavior of infants is more one of self soothing than hunger or teeth. I'm not convinced teeth have much to do with the symptoms of infants, though they take the blame for a lot. ...Read more
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
My 9 month old baby is very crank his fists and head r warm. And the rest of his body os cool he kept crying the whole night. What could be the reason?
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
36 weeks pregnant. Baby have both hands in a fist close to face in the womb. What's the meaning of that?
How urgent is this situation? Bleeding between periods, pain and bloating! My period has been irregular since 2006 after the birth of my first child. I have noticed that I have bleeding between periods which i at fist assumed was due to irregular period.
I : I am concerned about your symptoms and I feel that you need immediate medical evaluation. I can understand your concern about finances, but your health is the most important thing especially as a young mother. Your irregular bleeding is not normal, and the bloating is concerning. Please call the local clinics in your area and they can advise you on whether they can see you but they can also give you advice on where you can be seen. You should definitely get a full examination including a pelvic exam and a pap smear, and you may need imaging studies. Please get seen immediately and do know there are people who will help you. ...Read more
Abnormal for 6.5 m.o to tuck thumbs in fists intermittently? Grasps and transfers objects appropriately and otherwise has reached milestones on time
From birth-8 weeks, : Intermittent " cortical thumbs" can be normal Fine motor skills at 6 ½ -7 mos. = "raking " a pellet into the palm with the index finger, a "scissors" grasp to pick up small objects between the thumb & index finger & self-feeding crackers. Prenatal risk factors for CP + abnormal neurological exam or parental concern warrant assessment by WI's Early Intervention Program. Call (800) 642-7837. ...Read more
Be careful : This is a dangerous option. Fisting will basically dilate the anal muscles and rectal muscles. Your girlfriend is at risk if developing fecal incontinence and rectal prolapse. You can play and come up with creative stuff but don't over do it. Be careful you could also cause perforation of the rectum or colon which could lead to infection and death. ...Read more
Need more: Information about history. You may want to have you hand examined. ...Read more
I can't clinch my fist and when I try to I get a weird sensation- like tickly and uncomfortable feeling?
See your doctor: It sounds like you have some sort of nerve impingement syndrome happening in your hand. This is when nerves get bound up and irritated by scars or inflamed muscles, tendons or ligaments. See your doctor for an exam and evaluation. This type of nerve irritation can become permanent if it is not treated early in the course of the condition. ...Read more
My best friend has been bleeding for four weeks now and we are getting really worried, this is the fist time its happen to her?
See a doctor: Take your friend to a doctor. She needs to be checked out. ...Read more
I had a huge flakey glob of whitish pinkish tissue (half a fist size) come out while I was on the toilet, I've had itchiness for a couple days now and?
Tendinitis: "Intersection syndrome" is a form of tendinitis (actually "tenosynovitis") of the wrist and thumb tendons located on the back side of the wrist just above the joint. This makes a very stereotypical "creaking" sound as you move your wrist. Arthritis can make a crunchy-like sound/sensation at a joint. ...Read more
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