Baby shaking head side to side

Susanna - posted on 12/05/2010 ( 72 moms have responded )

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Hi does anyones baby shake there head side to side like there saying no, my son has started doing it alot lately and its kinda worrying :(

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Chimere - posted on 07/07/2013

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My son is 3 months and started shaking his head repeatedly a month ago and at first I thought it was because he was trying to follow the mobile on his swing that went round and round. But he would still do it even when it was not going or if he was laying in his bed. So now I am worried because it has gotten worse as he has gotten older and has not gone away. So I have a question for all of you, if anyone could respond to this, have you put your baby in a swing that has a mobile that goes round and round above their head and have your little one had problems holding their neck up or trying to scoot with face buried in the ground? If so please let me know and maybe can work this out together.

Gloria - posted on 05/05/2013

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my baby does this continuously too she is 4 months.. and it seems like she cant control it.. its like a twitch or something like shes saying no or looking to nurse.. but shes not.. i am worried.. i got a video of it to show her dr.

Salweh - posted on 09/12/2013

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My son has been rocking his head, side to side, rocking himself to sleep since he was three months old. He is nearly 15 months now and does it at all times of the day and it has become more vigorous using his whole body now. I'm afraid it will worsen. I'm thinking of taking him to a pediatrician. Watching out for other signs, just in case it's an early sign of autism

Evelyn - posted on 06/20/2013

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Hi, Mommies! I am glad to join this community, one of my twins daughters has a development delay. She is 26 months and still no talking, but recently start to walk. She attends an special school program in New York. I wish to know if shaking the head to the sides, will indicate that she is or may become autist. Thank you in advance!
Evelyn Casado

Brandee - posted on 01/24/2013

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my daughter just started shaking her head like that and is only 5 months and i was getting worried. makes sense that it could just be a new move that she has figured out :)

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Stephanie - posted on 06/27/2014

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Evelyn, I would look into a program like first steps, if you have one. They can be very inexpensive and they are quite helpful in providing whatever therapy your daughter may need, and information and dr./programs down the line. My son was almost two when he began to walk and still is non verbal. (He shakes/shook his head all the time when he is happy). He tested severe for Autism in his school and has a dr. appointment for diagnosis in less than a month. Def not trying to scare you, but I would get her involved with something soon (Therapy/dr. If it isn't autism, great! If it is you will have a much better head start. Good luck to you. :)

Sarah - posted on 02/13/2014

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My 9 month old daughter has just started shaking her head side to side this past week. It is definitely in relation to when I'm trying to feed her something she doesn't want or give her something. It's definitely her way of saying no. My now 5 yr old nephew did this as a baby as a way to sooth himself when stressed. He did have global delays.

Jesss - posted on 02/05/2014

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Im kinda worried. My baby girl is 8months and and she is shaking her head from left to right. :-(
her development is normal she is doing great but she started. When she was 6 months and has not stop dont know what to do??

Penny - posted on 01/20/2014

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my grandbaby do the same it's because of early teethin so don't worry ur self my grandbaby started at the same age she control it some time an sometime she don't shake her head it stop an start again the doctor said it should stop around 7 to 8 months so we will see. be bless not stress! !also when babys cut there first tooth it should stop

Penny - posted on 01/20/2014

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well my grandbaby shakes her head like she's sayin no but the dr said it's her way of dealin with pain because of teethin an it will soon stop! so don't worry :)

Joanna - posted on 11/29/2013

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My older son was shaking his head too. Did it for few weeks before he cut his first tooth ... Ended when finished teething . I see my 4 month old doing the same thing now. I guess teeth are coming :)

ProudAunt - posted on 11/26/2013

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It's perfectly normal, my nephew is 7 months old and he shakes his head whenever I sing or laugh. Pay attention to which specific things make him react like this.

ShiL - posted on 10/15/2013

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My daughter started doing it at about 2 months age.. after an episode of head shaking.. she would break a wind.. So I assumed its her way of releasing her wind.. recently however, she started to turn her head even when she is asking for a feed..(before this she would just open her mouth when she wants a feed) Worries me a lot as she is rly shaking it violently...she would stop if I put my breast beside her tho and she would just bury her face in there for a while... still has no idea what causes it..

Diana - posted on 08/10/2013

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my grandson dose that his head side to side at 7 month you ask him something he said no

Sue - posted on 05/19/2013

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my daughters child did this from birth would almost shake out of her crib, the dr said it was normal but then we took her to another dr. they said it was sensory intergration maybe have them check for this.

Anthony Ndeti - posted on 01/21/2013

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This is NOT normal as many may suggest coz my son does the same and am so worried about it!

Anthony Ndeti - posted on 01/21/2013

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My son Jose' does it too and have taken him for medication without success. Am so worried about the future of my son. Will it come to an end

Anthony Ndeti - posted on 01/21/2013

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Hi, my son is one and half years old. He does it frequently when in active and am so worried about the situation! Tony/Felly

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my daughter does it even without music when she is happy and she tenses up also when she is excited she was born 1-28-2011 i was wondering if that was normal cause I'm a little worried cause my son never did that

Ambari - posted on 09/27/2012

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Hi,

My daughter is 28 months now and she has been shaking her head side/side all the time. I am really worried what problem she has. I have noticed that she has been shaking her head since she was 6 months and now she is 28 months and still doing it.She is average in other activities like speaking, playing with other kids etc. but when she listens to some music she starts shaking her body even more vigorously

Marie - posted on 08/31/2012

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I am so happy to find you ladies it is good to know he is not the only one doing it . I distract him by talking or bringing a toy when he starts shaking his head

THANKS:)

Kirstin - posted on 12/27/2010

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yep, my baby shakes his head from side to side every since he was about 7 months! nothing to worry about. we even made a game of it, we say "go crazy!" and he'll shake it side to side!

Ashley - posted on 12/27/2010

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My son did it for a while. I think that it was fun for him... he figured out how to move his head!!!

Renae - posted on 12/26/2010

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If your child ishaving other symptoms like not sleeping or fussy or even tugging at ears then check for ear infection. Some babies will shake their hands when their ears hurt

Dorothy - posted on 12/25/2010

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My miss maddy has been doing it for about 8wks. She is almost one. I think because 'we' shake our heads at her to tell her NO, she is just coping (and hopfully learning) what NO means. Maybe your little one is doing the same. I dont think you need to worry about your baby shaking his head from side to side. :)

Renee - posted on 12/19/2010

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Yeah, My son does the same thing. He'll do when music is on and even when someone asks him a question, so I'm not sure if he understands the tones that we use when we're asking questions...but I love it. And when he realizes he's sitting against a wall or something is behind him, he'll start to hit his head on it...now that I was worried about, but not anymore...it's just another way of him exploring :)

Nicole - posted on 12/18/2010

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My son has been doing that for a couple months now! any question we ask him he always shakes his head no. And if we shake our head yes to him, he shakes his head no! :)

Verity - posted on 12/16/2010

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My 2nd son does this a lot too. He tends to do it when he's tired and uses it to rock himself to sleep. My 1st son used to do it a bit when he was little too....but has grown out of it and is a happy, healthy, normal little boy!

Janet - posted on 12/16/2010

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we call it 'mal koppie' - crazy head. All of our kids did it as well and they do enjoy it more if you encourage them. :-) It's a game in our house with the little kids...

Susanna - posted on 12/14/2010

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thank u all for your comments im probably thinking too much into my baby shaking his head side to side and if he continues to do it when he isnt feeding or theres no reason why he would be shaking his head then I will take him docs..



Lemriel coming to think of it he was pulling at his ears today but hes been doing this shaking head thing for a while so im presuming he would be in pain by now with the ear infection but thank u for your comment you wouldnt think that would cause a child to shake his head but it makes sense :)

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Yes my baby shakes his head side to side too and it is usually when he doesn't want anymore food or sometimes he does it for the sake of doing it

Lemriel - posted on 12/13/2010

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Well my 11 mos. old son does the same thing he's been doing it for months at first we thought it was so funny because when you ask him a question or try to give him a kiss he'll just start shaking his head from side to side but then he started doing it and pulling at his ears he wasnt running a fever but i took him to the dr. anyway and he had a severe ear infection so sometimes it can be nothing but if u feel a way about it take him to his DR. to get him checked out. for an ear infection my sons Dr. said it was amazing that we even caught it cause he had none of the usual signs,,(well then his ear did star oozing gunk but thats another story lol.)

Patricia - posted on 12/13/2010

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i think normally there is nothing to worry about when a baby shakes their head from side to side

Veronica - posted on 12/13/2010

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My son does this also. He started when he was around 13-14 months old. He is now 3yrs old and still does it. I asked the pediatrician on several different occasions if this was normal. Up until that point my son was normal, he had a few words, ate with a spoon etc. He assured me nothing was wrong. Against my intuition, I believed him and other veteran mothers that this was normal. I don't want to scare you, but if it is really bothersome to you, have it checked out and get second opinions. My son was diagnosed 6 months later with Autism Disorder. What he was doing was called stemming. It seemed to come about around the time that he got his immunizations. :(

Karina - posted on 12/13/2010

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My son does the same thing, usually when he is finished eating, he will wave his hands in front of his mouth to prevent the feeder from putting another spoonful in his mouth, and then he shakes his head from side to side. He does that occasionally in other situations too, but mainly when he finishes a meal, so we've figured out it's his way of saying "No more! I'm full!" along with the hand waving in front of his mouth.

Ebony - posted on 12/12/2010

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Lol my baby shakes his head from side to side too. I wouldn't worry too much. He's learning new things which is a good thing.

Samantha - posted on 12/11/2010

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My one year old does this too, has been doing it for a while now. Used to do it a lot more, but now he only does it when music is playing. Sometimes I think babies are facinated by the simplest things. If you were to shake your own head from side to side like that you might notice that there is a sensation almost like dizziness. I am sure he is just exploring himself, how his body works and what happens when he does certain things. For a while there my son started sticking his fingers down his throat and making himself throw up. Its all a part of exploration, and we've got little boys so get ready for the south of the border exploration to start soon if it hasnt already. I cant take my kids diaper off without his hands going down there now.

Taylor - posted on 12/11/2010

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My son is 10 months old and he has been doing it for awhile also. But he only does it when I say no no or he hears music playing. Everytime my son learns something new he does over and over again! I guess thats just their way of learning things. I wouldnt worry about it too much :)

Kigen - posted on 12/11/2010

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my gal throws her head back and shakes it when she doesn't want something!!!!

Murielle - posted on 12/11/2010

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my daughter started doung this when she was 9 months old, lying on the changing table and rolling her head form right to left. She is 11 and is not doing it any more. My mum told me I would hit my head on the pillow for hours when I was a baby and even a toddler. Does not seem to have caused any harm ;-)

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My son shakes his head 'No' all the time, or does it when he's dancing to music. It's not bad at all! He is finding his inner rhythm!

Hannah - posted on 12/10/2010

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Ellie (11months) shakes her head no to EVERYTHING and then normally laughs.... I've tried to make it a point to tell her things like, 'hot, not for babies, please don't touch, nice, gentle,' instead of just saying no to her, but if we happen to say no about ANYTHING she shakes her head (Even if we're not talking to her,lol) . its a form of communicating even if its not the right way. we sign with her and she will tell us when shes hungry by clapping (she cant put her finger tips together for more so thats what she does) and she'll sign milk for when she's thirsty. I just normally shake my head up and down with her when i think she's saying yes... and then she'll laugh :o) Ellie does shake her head no also when she's dancing... dont worry in my opinion because even without 'saying no' she still shakes her head!!!

Danielle - posted on 12/10/2010

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Olivia has been doing it for a good while now, they associate it with 'no' and its easier for them to shake their head rather than to nod, Olivia finds it a game, we are trying to teach her to nod but she just smiles and then shakes her head as if to say no, she also does it when she eats, i wouldnt worry about it it a way of learning

Ellie - posted on 12/10/2010

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YES... Harry does the same thing.. My husband is trying to teach him to nod instead of shake!! :-)

Patricia - posted on 12/09/2010

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i think your right all my 9 kids did Kaide has just started and they are all fine

Janet - posted on 12/09/2010

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No need to worry I wouldn't think...
My son does the same thing... he also rocks on all fours when he hears music (with a little bounce in it) lol..
soo I think it is just norm and part of their learning... :)

Tawnya - posted on 12/09/2010

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It actually could be a normal skill he has learned or it could be a sign of autism actually. Watch for hand flapping (unless other than waving), stacking or aligning objects, and obsesive spinning, behavior concerns as he ages, or speech delay) If he's fine there that wouldn't be it, and it would just be a normal thing he does. If there is other "worries" you may have I would just watch the child closely and bring any concerns up w/your doctor, but 75 percent of the time it's probably nothing. If you want to contact me to get ahold of me you would need to e-mail to etj123@yahoo

Liz - posted on 12/09/2010

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Wow, I'm so relieved. My daughter started doing this a few weeks back and I was worried, because it is all the time and not just at times when she could be saying 'no'. However, the idea that she is trying out a new move does make a lot of sense! Thanks, guys!

Ashley - posted on 12/09/2010

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lol yes my daughter is just over 11 months and started doing this a couple weeks ago she does it alot when we sing or clap our hands to music and especially when she is done with her food or done doing something i think its way to cute

Kirstin - posted on 12/27/2010

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yep, my baby shakes his head from side to side every since he was about 7 months! nothing to worry about. we even made a game of it, we say "go crazy!" and he'll shake it side to side!

Dorothy - posted on 12/25/2010

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My miss maddy has been doing it for about 8wks. She is almost one. I think because 'we' shake our heads at her to tell her NO, she is just coping (and hopfully learning) what NO means. Maybe your little one is doing the same. I dont think you need to worry about your baby shaking his head from side to side. :)

Susanna - posted on 12/14/2010

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thank u all for your comments im probably thinking too much into my baby shaking his head side to side and if he continues to do it when he isnt feeding or theres no reason why he would be shaking his head then I will take him docs..



Lemriel coming to think of it he was pulling at his ears today but hes been doing this shaking head thing for a while so im presuming he would be in pain by now with the ear infection but thank u for your comment you wouldnt think that would cause a child to shake his head but it makes sense :)

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Yes my baby shakes his head side to side too and it is usually when he doesn't want anymore food or sometimes he does it for the sake of doing it

Patricia - posted on 12/13/2010

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i think normally there is nothing to worry about when a baby shakes their head from side to side

Ebony - posted on 12/12/2010

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Lol my baby shakes his head from side to side too. I wouldn't worry too much. He's learning new things which is a good thing.

Bonnie - posted on 12/08/2010

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Yup. My baby shakes their head from side to side. I don't think it's anything to worry about. It's probably just a new motion they figured out how to do.

Kelsey - posted on 12/07/2010

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My baby shakes her head from side to side too! But, her dad pops his neck like that and I think that she just saw him do it enough that now she does it and we laugh so she just keeps doing it.

Shelly - posted on 12/05/2010

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My daughter started this about 2 months ago. Its normal that your baby shakes his head from side to side. My husband was worried at first. He thought something was wrong with her. But its another stage just like when they discover they have a hand and fingers or thier tongue.

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