Rapid eye blinking in a 6.5 month old

Kellie - posted on 06/12/2011 ( 22 moms have responded )

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Rayne has recently started this weird rapid eye blinking thing (sometimes she'll clench her fists in time with the blinking), It's not all the time, sometimes it won't happen, somedays it'll happen once and others a couple of times in a day. It seems involuntary and she seems to be present when it occurs. Is this a normal thing babies do? Or should I be worried it's a neurological issue?

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Kellie - posted on 06/15/2011

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The doctor reckons it's just a developmental thing she's learned. She said to try and distract her next time she does it (she hasn't done it since Sunday), and if I can distract her then it's nothing, if I can't distract her (as with a seizure no matter what you do they can't be distracted) then we'll look into it further. I think that when she did it Sunday she was distracted by her Nanny talking to her then went back to doing it until she stopped completely. I shall see what happens if she does it again :)

Kellie - posted on 06/13/2011

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I've heard of that book, I'll have a looksie.

No she hasn't done it today.

Merry - posted on 06/13/2011

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Buy the book called 'the vaccine book' by dr Robert sears. It's the only book that's not biased for or against shots. He describes every illness, how common it is, how serious, how treatable etc and then he describes the shot, how it's made, what's in it, what ingredients are controversial, the side effects.
Very very helpful and not pushy either direction. He offers the main reasons why the shots are good, and the reasons some choose noy to give them. And he offersvan alternative schedule to space them out and avoid high aluminum content at one time.
Great book.

Merry - posted on 06/13/2011

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My brother had an eye blinking type of twitch, but he would blink like a very long blink, sort of like he couldn't open his eye fast enough. He was older, but he ended up on some medicine, sorry idk what he had cuz I was too young but it did stop with whatever drug he went on and it wasn't seizures.
As for shots, I'm one of the *gasp* vaccine cautious moms.
Right now im saying no shots til she's two because I want to not risk the side effects, and most of the shots she isn't at risk for cuz she's breastfed and not in daycare, so we are holding off for now.
Let us know what your dr says, hope it's all good news!

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Ash - posted on 10/20/2013

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It's a sign of seizures, as per my understanding. Go and meet neuro pediatrician as soon as you can. And follow medicine as prescribed without missing even a single day. Hope things will be better soon.

Ash - posted on 10/20/2013

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Hi, Sorry to say but you should be worried. It may be a sign of Epilepsy. Don't wana predict but better visit Neuro Pediatrician once. So that things will get more clear.

√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 06/13/2011

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I'll probably have to get that book for my boyfriend and I.......... arg. Lol

Kellie - posted on 06/13/2011

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that sound sort of like Rayne, It's so hard to describe! it's a combo of what I initially said but also a little like what u just described Laura, it's a longish blink when it happens. We're off to the doctor tomorrow.
Yeah Idk what I'll do regarding vaxing next baby when we have one. I'm torn between getting them over and done with, delaying them until 2 or staggering them, like getting a couple at a time.
He sounds gorgeous Nichole! funny little buggers aren't they :D so naughty! lol

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:) cuuuuuuuute mine is 7 months old, just finally crawling and sitting up. he'll cry for no reason then laugh when i look to see if he's ok. Great game we got going on lol
or cry when he drops his bottle, but he can pick it up flip it around and everything so i have been leaving it and he figures it out really quick :) always a game lol

Kellie - posted on 06/12/2011

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bahahahaha!

Yes It wasn't fun, I was soooooo relieved when she came back to her little self and continued on her little way :D Such a determined little bubba! and that's a WHOLE other story LOL but I hope in the future she learns how to stop, take a breath and THEN continue on her way. ATM the little shit tries and tries and tries until she works herself up so much I have to physically pick her up and stop her from trying to do what ever it is she's trying to do. She's very much like me, wants to do it all and wants to do it all NOW!

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*gasp* how dare you :)
I've heard of that side effect from vaccines... that bites.

Kellie - posted on 06/12/2011

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I'm of the opinion *gasp* that immunisations aren't the greatest thing since sliced bread. I am one of those again *gasp* people that don't fully believe they're what they're cracked up to be. Now I don't think they're responsible for Autism but I DO think there are a lot of people out there who's children have been changed/altered/died because of them and it's been swept under the carpet "for the greater good". IMO That's A LOT of crap to be pushing into such a little system all at once :(

I nearly didn't take her back after her 8 week old ones. It scared the CRAP out of me. For 12 to 24 hours after them it was like I was holding a shell and her spirit, what makes you you was gone. All I was left with was her body. She regressed in her development, such as she wasn't tracking like she had been, she wouldn't give me her eyes, she'd just stopped doing all that. Then the next day it was like someone flicked a switch and I literally felt her come back to her little self. Thank god she hasn't reacted like that after her 4 and 6 month ones, no way would I continue getting them if she did.

I will never let a doctor sweep anything under the carpet, I will demand she be tested for Epilepsy and whatever else they think the cause of this may be. It's times like this I'm thankful I live in Australia, while our public health system can be on the slow side and is in no way perfect, it IS pretty damn good compared to the rest of the world.

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:( I would worry about it too then..... I've read about personal experiances from some parents and sometimes it is very valid to have a reaction. Don't let the doctors talk you out of it. I know one lady whose daughter went limp right after getting the shot and the doctor tried walking away and ignoring the situation. He wouldn't even take her daughter back in! The nurse was yelling and finally took the baby and it was a side effect from the shots :( scary

Kellie - posted on 06/12/2011

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i'm wondering if it's a reaction to her immunisations too. hmm oh well whatever it is we'll deal when we get there.

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Hmmm yeah, lights trigger seizures :(
I still hate blinking lights. Was thinking about it the other day - my boyfriend can play video games for hours. Remember those seizures triggered by games and flashing movies? So they put regulations on it? I get irritated really fast so I can't play games much, expecially the ones where everything is moving and flashing. Shooter games drive me nuts. I wonder about this sometimes lol like maybe I'm bothered by everything that goes on in the games. Or maybe I just don't like killing people? Who knew

Kellie - posted on 06/12/2011

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It doesn't seem to be sever whatever it is, she doesn't seem to be bothered by it. It mostly occurs when she's near bright lights, like the light in my MIL's kitchen or in our Nursery where the globe has been recently changed and is brighter. It's kinda like when you sneeze but without the sneeze and no where near as violent.

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Good luck, I hope not either :(
If it is, it sounds mild. Almost exactly like what my friends daughter has if that is the case?

Kellie - posted on 06/12/2011

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Yes I'm a little worried it's seizures too. I'll take her as soon as I can, tomorrow is a public holiday here so may not be able to get her in. I hope not!

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I'd be worried it was seizures. Try to get it on video if she does it again and take her in to see a pediatritian with the video. It's what my friend just did with her daughter. I hope this is not the case for you though :( epileptic drugs they put people on are harsh

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