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#1 Rozzie2018

Posted 14 July 2019 - 09:00 PM

For the past few days my 5 month old baby boy has started shaking his head, almost like he is saying no. The first time he did it, my daughter and I laughed as it was quite funny. But now he is doing it more frequently and I'm a bit worried. Baby boy is otherwise doing well, he is rolling back to front, moving around on the floor matt, reaches for things, has great neck strength, making lots of sounds and very social and smiley. He is just cutting his second tooth. He seems to do it more when he is on his back, and not when sitting upright and never when I'm holding him. I'm probably worrying too much, but as you do I googled it and it added to my anxiety. Has anyone experienced this? Thanks in advance!

#2 Paddlepop

Posted 14 July 2019 - 09:03 PM

Ear infection? Take him for a check up with a GP.

#3 mum2jp

Posted 14 July 2019 - 09:22 PM

Maybe just a new skill like when they suddenly discover their hands or like PP said ears. Even a bit of fluid without a fullblown infection can cause discomfort. Best to have GP have a look.

#4 MummaBlossom

Posted 14 July 2019 - 09:40 PM

My boys did this too! Eldest not as much as the youngest. They started around the same age as your DS and lasted probably 2-3 months. I also consulted google, and like you started to worry. Happy to report there was no need for it! I put it down to a new 'skill', perhaps a different sensation, and also the reaction from family makes it fun. Try not to worry, but if you are concerned certainly mention it to the GP.

#5 Pocket...

Posted 14 July 2019 - 10:17 PM

I thought ears as well :)
Maybe keep an eye on it for a couple more days and if he's still doing it get him checked. Blocked ears don't always mean infection, pain or a temperature. It's worth getting it noted by a GP because if its a persistent thing it can affect hearing and is worth seeing an ent about.

#6 Sui-yat

Posted 14 July 2019 - 11:17 PM

My daughter started doing this at 10 months. For her it was definitely a new skill as she thought it was hilarious.

#7 QuirkyMum

Posted 14 July 2019 - 11:20 PM

My eldest started doing it at the age of 5 months. I saw several GPs in the same clinic a million times, took him for a (turned out to be dodgy!) Hearing test - all good. Only at around 20 months when he had Grommets, ENT said no way he could hear much... And he was definitely complaining about his ears even though he never had anything resembling ear infection even remotely...
Some people have narrower ear canals than others.
OP, I'd take him to see a doctor.

#8 Rozzie2018

Posted 15 July 2019 - 12:26 PM

Thanks everyone for your replies  I saw a MCHN today and she was very confident that it's a new skill. However,  to be sure she recommends seeing a good gp that can check his ears.

#9 Chaotic Pogo

Posted 15 July 2019 - 12:47 PM

GP can check for an ear infection but wont be able to check for long term 'goo' inside the ear canal that can lead to hearing loss.

I'd see the GP, make a little note of this, then look into a hearing test at a place that specialises in kids down the track if you ever have a suspiscion he's not hearing well. Often bulk billed.

My youngest needed grommets and I wish we had been onto it 6 months earlier.

#10 onetrick

Posted 15 July 2019 - 02:39 PM

DS did this for ages! He learnt to do it when we said no (jokingly when we would repeat the word no, he shakes his head lol) but had no concept of what no meant. Unfortunately lol
I think he was about 6 or 7 months?

#11 400

Posted 15 July 2019 - 08:49 PM

Interesting you say he’s cutting a tooth- my DS does frequent weird head shakes and turns when he teethes. A much so we have had his ears checked for infection when he was simply teething once! Maybe it’s related to the tooth...

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