shaking head from side to side?

Ashleigh - posted on 11/30/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )

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ive just noticed my baby boy has started to shake his head in a 'no' motion, im just wondering if anyone else is experiancing this? its not all the time probably a couple of times a day.

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Lori - posted on 01/02/2011

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My little boy has done this since he was 5 months or so... we took him to a Neurologist for an EEG to make sure he was not having seizures. LUCKILY they are not seizures, but he has something called 'infant shudder syndrome.' The doctor didn't seem concerned and said this is due to an immature nervous system and will grow out of it. She said as long as he meets his milestones we have nothing to worry about.

Angelique - posted on 12/06/2010

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My son has been doing this sense he was 2 months old. He even does it sometimes while nursing. He will also rub the back of his head on stuff as well. There are 3 cause I have leaned form my child phycology class about why babies do this. One is because they can feel they can feel things on the back of their head and they are exploring that, another is because they are over correctiong from an underdeveloped nerviouse system, the last is because they like to copie your movements and shaking their head no is very easy while nodding yes is not. Enjoy it whiel you can, it will stop eventually. However if your baby is still doing this by age onem you should talk to your doctor about it.

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My almost 6 month old has been doing it for months... One consistent reason- he needs to burp! Now when I feed him in his chair and he is full and needs a burp he does a really exaggerated motion not only with his head but also writhing around with his body. It is their form of communication. It is certainly not abnormal.

Lynne - posted on 12/09/2010

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This is perfectly normal. Baby is just learning different motions and that turning his head away gets his point across and of course this is the easiest of the head movements. This is a milestone that your baby should achieve by at least 12 months.

Lisa - posted on 12/09/2010

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When my baby girl does this she is sleepy. She "fights" sleep a lot and that always lets me know when shes ready for a nap.

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Denise - posted on 09/19/2012

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My 4month old , Zoey does it and I just started to notice today , It makes me worried that it could be a bad things , like something is wrong with her. But now that I have seen's everyone else's response , I guess I feel a lil more relieved. But I still don't like it, makes me worry. :/

Becky - posted on 12/14/2010

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My 6 month old daughter does this often. My 2 year did when she was her age, also. I've asked the doctor before and she just said, it's a 'new sensation' for babies. ...but really, who knows?! :-)

Courtney - posted on 12/12/2010

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My son has just started doing it too.
Maybe he's learning what no means?
I'm not even sure.

Natalie - posted on 12/10/2010

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My now 2 yr old used to do it all the time at this age and my 6mnth old is now doing it. He does it when we are playing with him and laughs and giggles while he does it. Just part of their development.

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I've noticed my 5 month old do this when I am talking to her, then I realized she was imitating me! I'm sure you know the motion I'm talking about, shaking your head while talkin' the baby talk... lol

Alicia - posted on 12/08/2010

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my baby girl is 5 1/2 months old and she has been doing this for about 6 weeks maybe more, i guess she is just exploring her neck muscles, she does it all the time in her car seat, her cot and when we are holding her up as well. Seems rather normal. it's starting to wear off now and her hair is starting to grow back as well.

Brigit - posted on 12/07/2010

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My daughter does this... I plan to ask the doc about it... I don't think it's anything serious or anything though. There is no real reason for it for her either- not always when shes got a burp or when she's tired... pretty much random... but I don't like it.

Sara - posted on 12/06/2010

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My son, who is now 2, did that. I think he was just exploring everything his body could do. He wasn't quite crawling yet, so he had to move in others ways. He's still always moving too!

Natalie - posted on 12/06/2010

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Did you find any further information on this head shaking? My little girl of 6 months has been doing it for about 2 weeks now and she does it for no logical reason. Whether she is sitting up or lying down she does it a few times a day too. She doesn't seem unhappy either.

Donna - posted on 12/03/2010

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My daughter will do it when she doesn't want anymore to eat/drink or if she doesn't want her pacifier. I've also seen her rub it back and forth on the back of her chairs. Seems pretty normal.

Karen - posted on 12/03/2010

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yep mine does too.....sometimes i think he is actually saying no but then i noticed he does it wen i put him to bed and hes going to sleep then will be sick

Rachel - posted on 12/01/2010

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yessss my daughter used to do it all the time when i put her in the capsule or if she had wind it rubbed all her hair off her head and i thought there was something wrong and spoke about it to girls in my mothers group and some of there children have done it before too my daughter has stopped it now coz she burps her self it could be becuase of that

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can't say that i have yet....does anyone in your family do that often? if not, it's probably just him getting used to all the muscles he is forming.

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