My son shakes when excited...any other kids do that?

Tiffany - posted on 06/01/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )

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Hi! I'm new on here! My son Carson has been a late bloomer on a lot of stuff! He army crawled at 10 months, crawled on hands and knees at 12 months, and didn't take his first steps until 15 months. He is now walking great and starting to run too! So cute! He has some words (maybe 12-15) and trys to imitate what you say which is hilarious. He is active but still cuddly and sweet. He shows empathy and interacts with us when he plays. He doesn't seem to care too much about other kids his age, but enjoys older kids. He loves water, balls, flags and circles and stuffed animals.:) He makes eye contact. He is a great eater. He doesn't seem to have sensory issues. My main concern is that he shakes or flaps when he is excited or into something. He does it a lot. Sometimes it is trance-like. Other times he will interact with you when he shakes. He does it a lot when he eats or plays with certain toys. When he is excited in his high chair, his hands are touching his chest, like he is scratching his chest. His legs shake too. When he is standing, he will flap his arms like a bird. Sometimes his feet get going too or he gets on his toes. I've mentioned it to a neurologist and my ped. but they don't seem too concerned. I'm worried about autism but he passed most of the MCHAT. Any other kids have this behavior?

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Esther - posted on 10/28/2013

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My son is 30 years old, but when he was child, he loved shaking a string, any string, shoe string a piece of yarn, as long as he could shake or jiggle it up and down, he was happy. And this could go on for hours. I use to ask him what he was doing, and it would embrass him and he would stop for that moment, he would always answer 'nothing', but it seemed to relax him, not sure at what age he stopped. Now his son, does something very simular, he has never seen his dad do this, so I find it very strange and it's about to run everyone crazy, but he loves to jiggle or shake things too, but not strings, he really loves spoons, and he likes to slap his face with it, I think for the sound effects, but again, it annonying, his started doing it about the age of 4 and is now 7 and its almost non-stop. I've asked him why he does it, he says he likes to. I equate these behaviors to be similar to thumb sucking, what do you think, should we be concern? His father and my grandson are in the average to above average intelligent level, so have you ever heard of anything like this??? Could it be OCD?

Cami - posted on 07/22/2013

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My daughter has been shaking ever since she could sit up. When she gets excited she shakes her legs and flaps her hands. The doctor said it was not a concern so I just let her do it. Now if your son feels itchy or tingly when he shakes his legs. It can be RLS(Restless Legs Syndrome) but if it is it isn't really severe. All I say is let 'em shake if they want to. ;)

Vicki - posted on 10/17/2012

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make that three happy flap kids my little girl is three and she has done it since she was a baby doctors all said she is fine had mri scan to be sure and they found nothing wrong

Yolando - posted on 03/07/2012

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I would get your son checked out for sure my nephew does the same thing but to me its like he's having a sezures but in a odd way and i think doctors are over looking it becuase they really don't know. if it was normally all kids would be doing so somthing is wrong it may not be serious but needs to be monitor because if you were to get a brain scan who know what the doctor would find.

Maria - posted on 02/15/2014

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Hi Tiffany. I have literally just googled everything you said and your read come up. Did you ever get to the bottom of this? My son is 2 an sounds exactly the same to a tee. He's has hydrocephalus and many other prognosis, but the head shaking is worrying my now and his consultant hasn't shown much concern x

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María - posted on 08/13/2014

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Take him to a developmental pediatrician, he has many signs of autism, sometimes they are very high functioning and it is very difficult to make the diagnosis by a regular ped, so it is vey important to start therapy early since as longer as you wait, therapy will be less effective. I am a doctor so I was concerned with your comment and your kid left w/o appropriate care. Good luck

Tonya - posted on 08/04/2014

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I am almost 24 years old and when I get excited my whole body kind of convulses. I tend to flap my hands real fast and make a weird face. I'm completely normal with a B.A. in English. I have read people that do this have an adrenaline rush when they get excited or happy and that is what causes it. Your children are all perfectly fine. They will learn to hide it from people, including you, because they don't want to be judged. Trust me, I only do this when I'm alone and know nobody is around.

Karen - posted on 06/24/2014

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My daughter is 4 years old and has done this from birth
She was diagnosed as Hypermobile as she didnt walk till she was almost 3 years old...she was cruising but wouldnt take the steps into walking. She tippy toe walks and has other signs of hypermobile and double jointedness in her limbs.
Her shaking began as a baby and was almost siezure like i took her to the GP and HV and both told me it was nothing to worry about.
Pre-school asked me to see the GP agaun for their note benefits and again I was told that it was nothing to worry about that in time she would grow out of it or she would learn how to adapt to the quiver. he also said he would not referr to a pead for something like that, that they would send her away.
Pre-school had her see a specialist in motor sensory movements and he was unsure what to make of it also.
Recently ive noticed the episodes being much more prominent - It's starting to impact on her day to day life and she is about to start school - where it will impact greatly upon writing e.t.c im starting to worry, but getting nothing on Google to help me

Sara - posted on 09/10/2012

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My daughter, who is 4 now, has had the exact pattern: late crawling, walking, flapping, and she also shakes. Like her whole entire body shakes when she gets excited. She has an above average intelligence and comprehension. I have never thought to ask about because she has always exhibited great intelligence and no other symptoms of autism. However, today she was helping me return bottles and with everyone she put in the machine, she shook. At first I giggled to see how much joy it gave her, but after a while I stopped laughing and began to be concerned. I almost started to cry when I thought that maybe this issue had something to do with her nervous system or autism or maybe I ate the wrong foods during pregnancy or took too much medication...you know, all the crazy things that us Moms think about..but I calmed myself down and realized that she is just being a kid and is only super passionate about life. I will mention it to the doctors just to be safe, but I don't think there's aanything to worry about..but its nice to know there's at least two flappy happy kids out there :)

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My daughter does this thing when she's excited--When she's sitting up-her legs are out and she'll start kicking and her arms will be in front of her and she rubs her fingers together. I don't know. I guess that's just her thing. She's done it since she could sit up on her own.

Every kid has a certain thing that they do when they're excited.

I wouldn't worry. =)

Courtney - posted on 06/08/2010

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I call it the happy dance, and now my second son does it to. I new a little guy that did it before i had kids, and i thought he was strange. Im learning now that kids can do anything to express.

Silvia - posted on 06/08/2010

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Hi Tiffany,
I don't think there is anything wrong with that. My son also runs around flapping when he is excited and I think it is just his thing. He understands everything we tell him as well so I know his comprehension is exactly where it should be. Please don't worry, I worried about everything my son did before I realized he is just being himself.

Amy - posted on 06/06/2010

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my daughter also shakes with excitement sometimes she will hold her breath and go red in the face as she does it i dont think there is anything wrong i guess its just there own little way of showing us how excited they are.

Tiffany - posted on 06/02/2010

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Hey Tiffany. My son also shakes when he is excited. :) It kinda runs in our family. My dad does it and so do my brothers and sisters. Embarrassingly, I still do it too and I'm 24. I get so happy sometimes I start to shake. There is absolutely nothing wrong with your little one. That is just how he shows his excitement.

Tiffany - posted on 06/01/2010

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Also, he understands everything you say (great receptive language) and follows directions well. Any opinions?

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