Posted by: Ally | 2004/01/11


Baby won't open his hands

My son is 2 and a half months old now. He has never had any ailments are needed to see to the doctor. He meets all the milestones at the correct period. He scored 10 out of 10 for his apgar test. In fact, thank God, he is perfectly normal and is a very healthy little baby full of beans and laughter.

Only problem is he will not open his hands. He continuously keeps them held in a fist - he will only open every now and again (when he feels like it I suppose). Is this a cause for me to be alarmed about? Does this mean anything is wrong with him that we may have not picked up.

Very worried.

Expert's Reply



You describe a very healthy baby and the fact that he does open his hands spontaneously, even it is only for short periods, is encouraging. If everyting else was normal at the routine 6 week check-up, this may be observed at home and should definitely improve from 3 months.

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Posted by: hunnybear | 2004/01/13

Hi, I'm a mother of son used to do that and clinic sisters and older relatives told me that baby is tense. You'll need to massage baby after bathing and keep baby relaxed . Hope this is a help.....

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Posted by: Sma | 2004/01/12

I do not think u need to worry about that, My baby used to do that too, she is now 15 months sometimes she does it. I used to massage her as often as possible, with time it gets better.

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Posted by: kid | 2004/01/12

Hi Ally
I think it only opens when they are a few months older, when they star touching and grabbing objects. But according to the old wise women, you should massage it, wit h baby oil, from the wrist to the fingers a couple of times a day. I dont think you really need to worry, but lets hear what doc says.

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