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My 7-month old baby shakes his head from side to side when he's tired. He also flaps his arms a lot all the time. Is this normal?

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Dr. Sylvia Romm
Pediatrics
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In brief: Usually normal

Head banging and arm flapping is a common way for children to soothe themselves and usually nothing to worry about.
However, in some kids it can be part of a developmental problem. Frequent head banging or arm flapping, particularly if you're worried about a developmental delay or unusual social interactions, should be evaluated by a doctor.

In brief: Usually normal

Head banging and arm flapping is a common way for children to soothe themselves and usually nothing to worry about.
However, in some kids it can be part of a developmental problem. Frequent head banging or arm flapping, particularly if you're worried about a developmental delay or unusual social interactions, should be evaluated by a doctor.
Dr. Sylvia Romm
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Use developmental screens on firstsigns.org & show his doctor a video of the behaviors when you take him in. After a physical & neurological exam, his doctor can better advise you. You can call your state's Early Intervention Program for a developmental assessment, as well.
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics

In brief: Head shaking

He may be shaking his head because he is teething.
Flapping his arms may be his way of enjoying himself

In brief: Head shaking

He may be shaking his head because he is teething.
Flapping his arms may be his way of enjoying himself
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