Clenched fists?

Shannon - posted on 07/22/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Hi :) My son is almost three months old, and just today I read that if they are persistently clenching their fists, that it is an area of concern. I have done some research, but I haven't found anything that states WHY I should be concerned...does any body know why this is a concern? Any information would be greatly appreciated!



Thanks so much!

Shannon :)

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Julie - posted on 05/12/2013

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Hi,

It looks like your baby is changing her sex, mine did when she was 3 months old.

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Julie

Joslyn - posted on 07/27/2009

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All the reading I've done says that all babies clench their fists for the first few months of life. It's only when they're three months old that they begin to unclench their fists and have relaxed hands. My daughter now has relaxed hands most of the time (at 3.5 months), but she had little fists up until recently!

Kylie - posted on 07/24/2009

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My son is 3 months old and he does it as well i just do llittle exercises on his hands just opening and holding them open for a little bit this is what his physio therapist suggested

Amanda - posted on 07/22/2009

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My son is still doing this too at 3 months, but his doctor said that everything is just fine with him :) They have been super attentive since he was born and notice everything even before I tell them, so I would say if they aren't worried about it, I shouldn't be. I agree with the other ladies that posted on here. I don't think it's a problem, but if you are worried you should totally contact your doctor and find out for sure. Good luck!

Amanda - posted on 07/24/2009

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My daughter does is three months and has always done that and we have a home nurse who said that it is normal because they dont know yet how to use their hands very well so it may just be comfortable.

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Amanda - posted on 12/01/2013

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My son does the same Jackie I thought the same thing about death pose so I move his hands I don't like it at all. My son makes a fist when he eats sometimes loosens and sometimes when on tummy time.. I just try n relax him play with his hand rub and he slowly opens it will take time. They have no idea about their body parts yet.

Elizabeth - posted on 07/25/2009

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If they always have their fists clenched it can be a sign of neurological problems, but every baby starts opening them at different times. I think 3 months is too young to worry. I was feeling the same way as you and then in like a day my just over 3 month old starting opening them and looking at her hands all the time. I'm sure you son will start to notice them soon so don't even worry.

NaTausha - posted on 07/24/2009

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I never heard of it being a problem....my daughter is 3 months and still does it. She was even doing it in the womb.

Kimberly - posted on 07/23/2009

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Nicole my daughter was born the same day as your son,

Donna had a dr appontment last monday and one question that was asked is if she opens her hands now and i said yes, but most of the time when she is awake her hands are fisted but sleeping they are open., she is starting to get the motion for byebye down with waving her fingers. just try and not worry it happens in time and they arent all the same all the time

Nicole - posted on 07/22/2009

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The only thing I could find where fist clenching is an issue, is a possible sign of Cerebral palsy, but that has to be combined with other symptoms, and the fist clenching isn't an issue unless they're older. My son was born April 30th, and he almost always has his fists clenched. Just give it some time, or, like Jackie said, ask your doc if you're really concerned.

Jackie - posted on 07/22/2009

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My daughter is 3 months old and she still clenches her fists, my boys did the same thing at that age. I wasn't concerned and I'm still not. I think at this age they are still kind of used to being curled up in a ball and still don't have great use of their hands and haven't all together realized they are there yet. I would say if by 5 or 6 months (since that's about when they hold their bottle) if they're still doing maybe then be concerned. But every kid is different. My daughter clenches her fists and holds her hands together on her chest like she's in a death pose and that's how she's comfy and goes to sleep. So I mean maybe call your pediatrician and see what they say if you are really nervous about it. Good luck honey.

Jackie - posted on 07/22/2009

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My daughter is 3 months old and she still clenches her fists, my boys did the same thing at that age. I wasn't concerned and I'm still not. I think at this age they are still kind of used to being curled up in a ball and still don't have great use of their hands and haven't all together realized they are there yet. I would say if by 5 or 6 months (since that's about when they hold their bottle) if they're still doing maybe then be concerned. But every kid is different. My daughter clenches her fists and holds her hands together on her chest like she's in a death pose and that's how she's comfy and goes to sleep. So I mean maybe call your pediatrician and see what they say if you are really nervous about it. Good luck honey.

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