My 6 month old son is not attempting to grab or reach for anything. Is this normal?

Michelle - posted on 04/10/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I am a new mother and I was just wondering if my baby's development was coming along as it should. He is six months old and he does not make any attempts at grabbing or reaching for things. When I play with him I shake rattles and little toys in front of him to see if he'll reach for it but all he does is smile and keeps his hands balled up in a fist at his side. Should I be concerned?

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Michelle - posted on 06/13/2014

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After realizing that my son was not reaching for anything at all I brought up my concerns to his Pediatrician. His Pediatrician agreed that he should be reaching for things at that age and so she referred me to a Neurologist. At that appointment I discovered that my son has Hypotonia, which is low muscle tone. This of course is the symptom of a bigger issue. Currently he is receiving physical therapy to help strengthen his muscle tone and we are scheduled to see a Geneticist to determine whether or not he has a neuromuscular disorder. I am praying that everything will be ok and that he will be able to live a normal life and be able to enjoy his childhood. If your daughter is not reaching for anything discuss it with her Pediatrician!

Sarah - posted on 06/13/2014

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I know this is an old post but how did he make out after? I have a 5 month old who doesn't reach for her toys either!

Holly - posted on 04/10/2013

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this is really a question to ask a doctor... I know my kids would grab things, but they were quick developers, they were always a few months ahead on their developement... I suggest asking his pediatrician

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