Posted by: Raj | 2009/08/21


baby stiffens his body &  shakes repeatedly

Hi doc
Please advise me. My little boy is 6 months. For a few days now he started a really strange behaviour - with outstretched arms, he' d stiffen up &  shake (arms &  head) almost like he' s shivering, for a few seconds. We seem to be able to disrupt him if we call his name, or grasp his hand. This happens from almost none to up to 20 times an hour. We' re still confirming for any specific patterns in when he does this, but have noticed it most common shortly after a feed, once during a bowel movement &  a few times when he was quite excited.

We' ve taken him to the Paediatrician who seems to think it' s voluntary &  after examination &  observing the behaviour he was not convinced that it was infantile spasms or anything neurological. However, he did prescribe an EEG, which we did &  still awaiting the full results, but the early indications are that there' s no abnormalities to suggest epilepsy.

I' m really worried, he' s done this once only during his sleep last night. I am seeking an appointment with a neurologist but will value your opinion as well. Also, he still does bring up a little milk - could this perhaps be related to reflux, or maybe because he has difficuly passing a stoole?

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Posted by: Mumsie | 2009/08/21

I do not meant ot alarm you but I had the same thing with my little one. Please get him checked for Cerebral Palsy.

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