T.F. asks from Indianapolis, IN on October 11, 2008
I am a first time mom so of course I am concerned with everything. My son just turned 8 mths and he is just growing like a weed. He has hit every milestone with flying colors. He crawled at 7 mths and is now standing alone for a few seconds. He has been eating baby food for 4 mths and just started eating some "real" food. He has 2 teeth and has said mama. Like I said reaching milestones. Here is the thing, he just within the last couple days started shaking his head. At first it was like 4 times total. Now it is about 10 times a day. No one seems to be concerned...but me. Everyone said if it was autisum he wouldn't be reaching milestones. Ive also heard it could be teething or ear infection. He has been teething and has had a slight cough. Can someone shed light and tell me their child is doing this and they are ok. I have a ped appointment on NOV 12, so if I need to take him earlier I will. I hope this is normal.
L.L. answers from Evansville on October 12, 2008
I had a younger brother that did the head shaking. It was definitely an ear infection/ear problem issue.
L.B. answers from Fort Wayne on October 12, 2008
S.C. answers from Fort Wayne on October 11, 2008
My dd went through that stage. Here's my advice, shake your head back and forth really fast...I'll wait ;) Kind of a cool feeling right? Almost like being dizzy? He probably is just enjoying the new sensation and has figured out that shaking his head makes him feel a certain way. It's absolutely nothing to be worried about. We made it a game. When my dd would shake her head, we would too! She would giggle and giggle. Eventually she outgrew the phase and hasn't done it since. Give it time and this too shall pass. Just wait till he starts spinning in circles to get dizzy and falling over everything!
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K.N. answers from Cleveland on October 11, 2008
We thought my daughter was autistic till she hit about 3 and was actually old enough to test, so i can tell you with some certainty that if this is the only thing you find odd and he's doing everything else he should be for his age it is NOT autism. dd didn't so much as hold her head up on her own till about 9 months and then the other milestones followed at the normal rate that they would have had she hit the first one on time. luckily she's 5 1/2 and healthy as can be and whatever the dealy was there are no signs of it now. I think the other posts said it very well, whatever is making him shake his head he's probally just decided it's cool and wants to keep doing it, or maybe it's something he picked up from you. i know i shake my head when i used to tell the kids no. you're in for a treat of such behaviors, my boys went through a walking into walls phase, a jumping of furniture phase, a banging head on floor phase, the i hate you and want a new mommy phase, that one hurt, biting, nail biting, thumb sucking, hitting, you name it, it's has been an eventful 9 years that i wouldn't trade for the world. enjoy the good and the more annoying and even the bad because it passes way to fast.
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R. answers from Indianapolis on October 11, 2008
T., I would not worry about your son. Like others have told you, babies often do things because of teething or having a cold. And sometimes when the shake their head they get a feeling of dizziness that after the first time they like that feeling, it is funny to them or it is comforting. He might just be doing it because he likes the way if feels. If he continues and you still feel concerned then ask your doctor.If everything else is normal for him I would relax and continue to enjoy his milestones. Babies are amazing. goodluck
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A.B. answers from Columbus on October 12, 2008
What kind of shaking? is it quick jerky movements or just simply shaking like saying no? I would guess he's teething.. My boy just turned one and he bangs his head on the floor. The pain gets pretty intense for them so they are looking for relief any where. I'd give it a few days if he gets worse or it just worries you then get him checked out. Rule out the physical stuff first before you jump on the Autism worry.
B.S. answers from Indianapolis on October 12, 2008
HI I have a 9 year old with autsim, he reached all his milestones on time too, he used to talk, now he does not talk very much, he used to say about 30 words, now at age nine he has about 5, I am not trying to scare you but just keep an eye on your son. It may just be that he has figured out he can shake his head and he likes it. Read up on autism, you will either be prepared or just have an understanding for it. I was not willing to accept that my son was autistic but he is, he was diagnosed at age 2, he is a happy, healthy 9 year old. It is not the end of the world having one with autism but it is very challanging. We live life one day at a time and we have alot of fun. I hope this was helpful. Good luck with your little one!!
H.W. answers from Cleveland on October 12, 2008
Please try to calm down :) At 8 months, signs of autism are practically nonexistent. It's way too early to get a diagnosis anyway, and babies often flap their hands or head bob when excitied or engaged. I am in the profession of working with children with disabilities and I have found that most parents report atypical behaviors around age 1 1/2 - 3...but if it would make YOU :) more comfortable, please consult with your ped and I'm sure he/she will alleviate any fears. Good luck!
M.R. answers from Columbus on October 12, 2008
The thing is, the stuff you said about your son that was typical is more indicative of autism than shaking his head a few times. I don't say that to scare you or anybody, but the fact is that your son could seem perfect until age three and still have an autistic spectrum disorder. My suggestion to you, and to anyone who is worried about development is to read the simple early warning signs from Autismspeaks.org Take any of these warning signs seriously and if you see them, don't wait to see if they out grow it like uncle the your friend's cousin's step daugther who did the same thing and is now an honor student, find out from a professional. But if you don't see those signs, then don't worry!
Enjoy your baby.
J.M. answers from Cleveland on October 12, 2008
i wouldn't worry. my little one did the same thing around the same time (and i was concerned as well). she just enjoyed doing it. as long as he seems fine and no other strange things that would make you worry then i'm sure he is o.k.