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#1 Renoir

Posted 23 December 2006 - 07:27 PM

Hi all

I was sure there was a topic here recently but have done a big search and come up with nothing - may be something to do with the new sub-headings, not sure.

In the last day or two my DS has started shaking his head from side to side.  That in itself is not a big deal except for the fact that it seems to be completely random - rather than him saying "no" or disagreeing with anything.

He will do about ten shakes and then stop and maybe do a few more, rest and do it again.  I wasn't too worried about it initially because it's not something he does all day or anything but DH has now put the fear of god in me with a whole bunch of possible scenarios.

Has anyone seen anything like this before?  I can't even take him to the doctor's about it because it's not something he does on command or anything.

TIA

#2 Tpe

Posted 23 December 2006 - 07:58 PM

Both my girls have done this. Basically they have discovered that they can move there head without looking at things.  Charlotte is currently doing the shaking no just for fun and has also started to turn around and around in one spot until she is so dizzy that she falls over we have had a few big busters from that one.

It's totally normal development. I dare say that soon you'll start to see him doing a yes nod but in a very exgerated movements too.

HTH

#3 Guest_Tameika_*

Posted 23 December 2006 - 08:19 PM

I think its pretty normal, Imogen is going through this stage to. I think she just does it because it feels weird. She has no idea what it means and does it randomly.

#4 Flanette

Posted 23 December 2006 - 10:47 PM

Yep Lil Miss is a head shaker here too! Glad you asked the question though  :wink:

#5 ♥~Bodhichitta~♥

Posted 24 December 2006 - 05:43 AM

Yep - Sam does this a lot too. I actually thought it was something my brother (fooling around) had taught him to do, as he also does this funny noise while he does it.. sort of "aaahhAAAHHHaaahhhAAHHH" rolleyes.gif

#6 Renoir

Posted 24 December 2006 - 08:12 AM

Really?  We're not alone?  I feel quite a lot better now, thank you ladies.

Still looks mighty kooky to me though.blink.gif   He just starts it up completely out of the blue.

#7 Sonara

Posted 24 December 2006 - 08:50 AM

My eldest dd did it for quite a while, i freaked out the first time and thought there must have been something wrong. I was told by an elderly aunt that it is a teething thing. When their mouth is sore they do it - could very well be an old wife's tale, who knows?

#8 hootymcboob

Posted 24 December 2006 - 04:33 PM

DD does it too. Same as you we were worried, especially bevcause of her head we thought her skull may have been putting pressure on it, but Dr said it's normal. She does the spinning around until she drops as well & most recently , hitting or punching herself in the face/head, which we hate.

#9 chocks

Posted 24 December 2006 - 08:34 PM

My 14 month old does it too, and I didn't think anything of it until I came across this thread.  How funny, that it's so common in this age group.   smile1.gif

#10 stefnie34

Posted 24 December 2006 - 11:26 PM

Abbie did this when she was a little bit younger and it really freaked me out. One evening I was drying her after a bath and when I touched her ear to dry behind it she did it, so I stopped then touched her ear again and she did it again, so I thought maybe it's something to do with her ears. I took her to the GP and he said one of her ears was blocked with fluid, and that it would drain over a matter of weeks or months. He wasn't entirely positive that was causing the head shaking but said it was definitely a possibility.

Most likely with your DS this is just a developmental thing, as pp's have said, but next time you visit your GP or MCHN might not be a bad idea to have his ears looked at.

#11 Renoir

Posted 27 December 2006 - 08:18 PM

Thanks so much for the replies ladies; I feel much, much better now.  He is still doing it but now that I know he's not alone, it doesn't seem to look quite as weird.

#12 3greenhills

Posted 27 December 2006 - 08:26 PM

My 13 month old has just started to do this.... phew I wasnt the only worried one....glad to meet other head shakers :biggrin:

#13 Wangdiddlydooda

Posted 28 December 2006 - 01:50 PM

My DS has been doing this for awhile now!! Freaked me a bit at first as it was still random, we have now progressed to spinning around in one spot, walking and bobbing at the same time which kind of gives this freaky monster like lumbering walk. I think as they get older they realize their bodies can move each part independently. I also am thinking the kind of bobbed down waling could be DS getting ready to jump??? Any thoughts?????

Sarah

#14 mumsbusycrafting

Posted 05 January 2007 - 12:40 AM

Yes Amelia does it as well (15 months)  DH says that she is telling the fairies in her head to find another friend to go and play with.  Glad to hear that it is normal and that there are lots of fairies out there. hehe

#15 BlueTopaz

Posted 05 January 2007 - 09:10 AM

Hi,

My son is 14 months old too and has been doing this for a while.  Now tht he is walking steadily he now looks up at the ceiling and does and falls over laughing. Nobody taught it to him and he thinks it's a hoot!  

Mum2buster

#16 Sunnyflower

Posted 05 January 2007 - 11:46 AM

My 13 month old has done this since he was about 11 months. It's just one of his little quirks. He thinks it's cute (we always laugh at how silly he looks) and he does it now for attention (which he always gets!) so it all works out!

HTHs! original.gif

#17 silne

Posted 05 January 2007 - 01:09 PM

Yup, DD1 did this at about 12 months I think. She'd shake her head whenever one of us nodded though and then cackle insanely.

DH taught her to do the head shaking when she was cold (as in shivering with a funny sound) and now she only does it when she's cold. It was brilliant of him actually, as she stopped doing it all the time.

She'll still occasionally shake her head when one of us nods.

I love the spinning until they drop! DD1 does it while looking out the side of her eyes and it's just hilarious to watch. She also loves to spin in the bath on her bottom while yelling "WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!"

Gosh they're funny little people.

#18 Rinnie78

Posted 06 January 2007 - 02:05 PM

Hi
another head shaker here too, although its not so random, ive noticed she mainly does it when she is getting tired, its like she is trying to shake her head clear from sleepyness. She does it really fast from side to side.


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