Jump to content

Baby shaking head

  • Please log in to reply
5 replies to this topic

#1 3mummy3

Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:01 AM

Last night bub went down for the night about 8:30pm as normal. Dh and i went in to bed at about 11pm and ds was fast asleep (deep sleep, not moving, have to check that he is breathing type sleep!).
Acouple of minutes later he all of a sudden starting screaming, a real painful kind of screaming so dh jumps up and puts the light on and i pick ds up and put him into our bed.he calms down pretty quick and is lying there smiling at dh when all of a sudden his head starts shaking from side to side (like saying no). I sit him up and he continues to shake his head for a few more seconds then starts to cry again, this time just a whingy type cry rather than the painful cry.
I put him on the breast and he feeds and goes back to sleep. I transfer him back to the cot where he gets a bit restless but stays asleep. He then wakes at 2am and 6am for feeds then back to sleep. Normally he has been only waking once at around 3 or 4am.
The head shaking really freaked me and dh out as its something hes never done before so just want to ask on here if anyones bub has had a similar experience and whether we should be concerned that something might be up with him?
Today he seems ok but is refusing to sleep whereas normally he goes down around 9am for about 2hrs or so, today he just lay in his cot for about 30minutes before starting to cry, so went and tucked him back in and heard him making noises for another half hour ir so before he finally fell asleep but then woke half hour later.
We have appointments already booked tommorrow at health nurse for 4 month old check and doctor for 4mth immunisations so will obviously discuss this with both of them tommorrow.

#2 Mummy Em

Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:30 AM

My dd2 used to bobble her head side to side and it was a self soothing thing when she was tired. My guess is he was either in some sort of pain (teething like pp said) or over-tired/overstimulated from the day.

#3 KC1979

Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:41 AM

My son used to violently shake his head from side to side as a way to settle himself to sleep. It worried us at first! He is 16 months old now and rarely does it anymore unless he is super tired. I think it is pretty normal but of course check it out with your Dr in case its an ear infection or something else. Good luck original.gif

#4 MotherClucker

Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:47 AM

DD just turned 4 and still does this but she has done it from birth (even when being cuddled) It still freaks me out!!

#5 Tenacious C

Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:56 AM

My DS did this when he was younger when he had an ear infection, but that would be accompanied w by a high temp as well.

#6 PurpleNess

Posted 05 December 2012 - 11:06 AM

My DS started doing this around 4-5 months, I think it had something to do with his first teeth. He didn't seem upset when he was doing it though.
Agree maybe have his ears checked or check his gums ;-)

1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users


Kourtney Kardashian goes nude for art

We've all done some pretty radical things after a big break-up, but Kourtney Kardashian has gone one better.

Video shows babies 'singing' to music in the womb

A new study has shown that babies may actually be able to hear from as early as 16 weeks – 10 weeks earlier than was commonly thought.

Prevent pelvic pain with pre-pregnancy exercise: study

Women who want to stave off aches and pains in pregnancy should exercise regularly before they conceive, experts say.

Dad's hilarious blog about life with twins

A stand-up comedian in the UK has plenty of new material since becoming a dad to twin boys.

Dinosaur products for babies and toddlers

Dinosaurs are one of those classic childhood crazes. We've put together a host of products for dinosaur-mad parents, babies and toddlers.

Restaurant manager sticks up for noisy baby

A mum was left upset by a note from neighbouring diners saying her screaming baby had ruined their dinner.

His name is Cayden: Mum and social media hit back after racist Facebook attack

When a man posted a selfie with a co-worker's son to Facebook, it became a magnet for racist comments.

The Chinese tradition for new mums that can now cost $37,000 a month

Opulent rest time is becoming the gold standard in postpartum recovery, inspired by a Chinese confinement custom known as "sitting the month".

How the media can shape our decisions when it comes to labour

We all like to think that we make our choices in fair, reasoned and well-thought out ways. Not many of us would admit that we allowed the media to influence us in our life choices.

Mum told to express in pet relief area at airport

A woman who flew from Boston to Washington says staff with United Airlines at Washington's Dulles Airport suggested she pump her breast milk in the pet-relief area.

Heartbreak as mum dies and her baby chokes to death

An Australian woman living in the US collapsed and died while feeding her baby, who then choked to death on his food. 

The hidden mental health illness of anxiety

Anxiety took over Robyn Read's life to such an extent she could not even buy the groceries and felt suicidal.

Two children fall from second storey window

Two young boys have been rushed to hospital after falling out a second-storey window of a home in Eastwood.

Mum gives birth to India's heaviest baby

An Indian woman has given birth to a baby boy weighing a whopping 5.97kg, setting a new record for the country's heaviest baby.

Grandma surprised with brand new granddaughter

Finding out you’re going to be a grandmother can be a very emotional moment. Finding out that you’re a grandmother and the baby is already here is just out of this world.

Saltwater Sandals for babies and toddlers

Many mamas are wearing Saltwater Sandals - why not buy them for your babies and toddlers too?

How to spring clean your body and mind

Whether you're pregnant, already a mum, or are just trying to be a bit more healthy, there are ways to use the rejuvenating season to give yourself a boost.


What's hot on EB

Stella McCartney honours mum with lacy bra

Fashion designer Stella McCartney has honoured her late mum, Linda McCartney, by designing a special bra for post-mastectomy patients.

Don't panic: A granddad midwife's guide for dads-to-be

Mark Harris has helped deliver 500 babies. And he's now telling fathers what to expect.

How to be a calm parent when you're feeling anything but

Being a calm parent takes a lot of work, sometimes more than is obvious to those around us.

The joy and isolation of being a stay-at-home dad

It's cool, kind of like a second childhood. I love him to bits and think, on average, I'm an okay dad. But I also want to talk about the other stuff.

How baby Teddy's short life is helping save thousands of lives

He may have only lived for 100 minutes, but that didn't stop baby Teddy from saving the lives of others.

A heartbreaking trail of missed chances in death of baby forgotten in car

A haunting reminder to stay mindful about babies in cars, especially as we approach summer.

What to do if your baby has tongue-tie

Tongue-tie can cause feeding problems. However once it is diagnosed, the condition can be easily treated.

How to move house without losing your mind

Some people move frequently, while others like to stay put. But everyone finds it stressful.

'She had nowhere to go': how new mum's life began to unravel

The birth of her first child should have been happiest of times for Campsie mother Phuong Cao, but friends say it marked the beginning of when her life began to unravel. 

Women giving birth to a son keep some of his Y chromosomes

It was an experiment doomed to failure - they were looking for male cells in female bodies. And their search was stunningly successful.

Photos: How babies fit in the womb

A gorgeous photo series shows babies in the first hours after their birth - as they were positioned in the womb.

Baby tries to persuade stubborn bulldog to walk, fails

We don't know what he's saying, but this baby has a very clear message for his bulldog pal: let's walk - NOW.

The best toddler gift ever? Nine gender-neutral play kitchen picks

Without a doubt, one of the best gifts for a toddler turning two or three is a play kitchen.

9 easy steps to improve your baby photography

With a few simple tips you can take your images from random happy snaps to lovely clean images that create beautiful lasting memories.



Can't decide?

Check out the Essential Baby Names section for some inspiration

Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.