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Why does my baby squirm so much?

Why does my baby squirm so much?

Squirm: Maybe you are gripping too tight? Or maybe the baby is just learning to gain dexterity and simply is discovering its own body and how it works so it does it by squirming. Unless it is really abnormal and dangerous, then it is nothing to worry about. They do this until they can crawl. Just like they cry and scream until they can talk.

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How much should my infant squirm?

How much should my infant squirm?

Infant: Your infants degree of mobility would depend on his/her age. The older the child, the more mobile we expect them to be. Your doctor should be checking this every time you go for a visit. If you are concerned, you should discuss it with your doctor.

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Is it normal to an infant to squirm while feeding?

Is it normal to an infant to squirm while feeding?

Common finding: They do what they do. Some are lazy relaxed feeders and some are aggressive barracudas. Some are bored with the process and want to do something else. You just work through it.

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What are some tips for diapering my squirming baby?

What are some tips for diapering my squirming baby?

Speed change!: You want to be fast and prepared, have everything within arms reach, when you are changing a squirmer! You may need to change the baby on the floor, instead of a table, to minimize the chance of falls. Also, keep the baby distracted and his/her hands busy with a special toy while you sneak the clean diaper on!

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Should I be worried if my baby is squirming while nursing?

Should I be worried if my baby is squirming while nursing?

No: I'll assume you have breast fed for a while, obtain a consistant latch, have used techniques that have produced good consistant growth and the movement is simple squirming. I doubt any real issues. If your are a novice, coaching may help as baby may feel your anxiety & squirm as a result. As a child begins to walk, it may be less interested in feeding and be squirming to get down.

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Is it normal for a baby to squirm and move when he is making a bowel movement?

Is it normal for a baby to squirm and move when he is making a bowel movement?

Yes: Its also normal for your baby to become red in the face and grimace as if s/he is in pain. As long as your baby has soft stool they are not constipated. Remember breastfed babies over a month of age may go up to 10 days or 2 weeks without having a stool and this does not mean they are constipated.

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My son is almost 4, won't go on potty. When he has a bm it looks like he is in pain, he will stand and squirm like it's uncontrollable. Help, ty?

My son is almost 4, won't go on potty. When he has a bm it looks like he is in pain, he will stand and squirm like it's uncontrollable. Help, ty?

Pediatrician time.: I'd seek an exam by his pediatrician to diagnose and to obtain clear diet and possibly other behavioral suggestions. Also, if there is a good child psychologist available, they might help. I did play therapy w/ an uptight, serious 4yo boy. He built an big wood block castle, then crashed it with noise and glee. Then, the asked to "go potty" for the 1st time in days. I was amazed to see it work. ;-).

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Do people ever squirm or yell during a colonoscopy procedure?

Do people ever squirm or yell during a colonoscopy procedure?

Rarely: With adequate sedation patients generally have no discomfort.

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Newborn squirming around, is this okay?

Newborn squirming around, is this okay?

Yes: Spontaneous movement and activity is a normal for newborns. Their nervous system sends out random messages to stimulate the various muscle groups and keep them toned up. This is seen as random non purposeful movement.

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No injury, no prior issues- L elbow severe almost shock like bursts of pain Enough to make me involuntarily squirm. Rapid onset. No activity change.?

No injury, no prior issues- L elbow severe almost shock like bursts of pain Enough to make me involuntarily squirm. Rapid onset. No activity change.?

? Neurologic: Some of the historical features you present sound as if there are neurologic. That would represent the lesion at the elbow involving the owner nerve. If the shocklike sensations travel down to your fourth and fifth digit then I would pay attention to this being neurologic in origin. In which case I would then recommend a full neurological valuation. Good luck and well wishes.

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Can ADHD cause you to squirm away from things like hugs?

Can ADHD cause you to squirm away from things like hugs?

Not Generally: No, not generally. I wonder what else is going on? If you're asking about someone else, there is probably more going on for you to inquire about.

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What could cause my stomach to feel like it is squirming?

What could cause my stomach to feel like it is squirming?

Digestive mixing: Many consider the stomach a big bag that collects the food. It is really a specialized pouch that has muscles within the wall that squeeze periodically to help mix the food with the stomach juices. If you are in tune with your body you may notice when this is happening.

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What's the best way to get a 17 month old to sit still while having his teeth brushed? Our son simply won't sit still while we try to brush his teeth, crying, screaming, and squirming everywhere. He moves around so much that I feel like our attempts at br

What's the best way to get a 17 month old to sit still while having his teeth brushed? Our son simply won't sit still while we try to brush his teeth, crying, screaming, and squirming everywhere. He moves around so much that I feel like our attempts at br

Turn: Turn brushing into a game. There are some new brushes that are battery operated with flashing lights. In fact some brushes will play music if you brush long enough. Let your child brush first and then you follow up. Do it every day without fail. Your child has to get used to it. If they cry and fight you, eventually they won't. This will prepare them for a visit at the dentist.

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I swallowed a live earthworm started squirming in my belly for 10min? Will I be okay

I swallowed a live earthworm started squirming in my belly for 10min? Will I be okay

OK: Your digestive system will easily handle this, the squirming will stop and the earthworm will not do any harm after digestion.

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Low dose Gabapentin unlocks permanently contracted muscles/fascia (?) in back, hips. Can stretch, squirm in exquisite novel ways. Is this spasticity?

Low dose Gabapentin unlocks permanently contracted muscles/fascia (?) in back, hips. Can stretch, squirm in exquisite novel ways. Is this spasticity?

It's possible: Gabapentin is a neuroleptic agent. If taking it unlocks your spastic joints then by definition you have some kind of neurogenic spasticity. There may be other treatment modalities such as intrathecal baclofen pump that provide controllable spasm prevention

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2 week old seems unsettled after breastfeeding (squirming, grunting, frequent BM). Can my breast milk be upsetting his stomach? Is this ok?

2 week old seems unsettled after breastfeeding (squirming, grunting, frequent BM). Can my breast milk be upsetting his stomach? Is this ok?

See Your Doctor Now: Determining the cause of symptoms in a newborn is beyond challenging without visual inspection. Moreover, the stated symptoms alone are non-specific which is typical for newborns therefore the risk of misdiagnosis is great. Much more info is needed such as pre-thru post-natal history, duration, feed/sleep schedule, full description of stools, and more. See your doctor now for proper evaluation.

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