My baby stares into space.. what is up?

User - posted on 03/11/2012 ( 38 moms have responded )

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My 4 month old stared into space. He seemed to just zone out. When called his name he didn't respond but when I touched his face he snapped out of it. It scared me because he did not respond right away. Has this ever happened to your little one?

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Christy - posted on 03/12/2012

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My daughter did this as a small infant too. She is now 8 months and has been diagnosed with a brain condition that causes seizures. I dont want to alarm, but as other ladies have said, it hurts nothing to ask!! Good luck

Heather - posted on 03/22/2012

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This is normal. My son sometimes does this at age 2 and he is developmentally on track. I wonder if it's their little brains taking a break from all the new information?

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Heather - posted on 03/22/2012

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As an added note, I told my pedi because he did this at infancy as well but not "all" the time, but occasionally and she said nothing but keep an eye on it. I stopped noticing them but occasionally even at age 2 he stares at something and zones out. But not for a long period of time. Like 1 min. Ask your Pedi but babies do this from time to time and not all of them are having seizures.

Helen - posted on 03/15/2012

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Sure its nothing, my little ones have done it, and grown out of it. Just keep an eye, my cousins eldest did it and it turned out to be seizures. But try not to let that or the other things the ladies are saying worry you too much, because it is otherwise definitely very normal, just get it checked. I became convinced my girls were seeing spirits of loved ones, because they both did similar things like smile at 'nothing'. Wishfull thinking? Would be nice to know wouldn't it :-) Good luck.

Donna - posted on 03/13/2012

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yes my son did this from the time he was one. he has absense seizures which are a form on epilepsy but not like a thrashing one. The neurologist told us the earlier they are noticed and diagnosed they better chnace of them ourgrowing them by 10, he is on meds and has not had one since.

dont' mean to scare you but this is what it was with our son. he is a happy active four year old and has never had a thrashing seizure. the dr said that they get ignored since parents think they are jsut looking onto space but she saw two when his EEG was done.

Jessica - posted on 03/13/2012

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get baby checked for seizures. My son had grand mal... but when taken off his ,meds by the dr he got what you are explaining.. (partial complex) get baby checked out ...

Pamela - posted on 03/13/2012

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Oh please, babies come into this world STILL CONNECTED to Spirit automatically until the "soft spot" in their head grows closed.



You should be happy that your child is paying attention to his inner light! Why not call it meditating and then it won't freak you out! Smile!!

Wanda - posted on 03/13/2012

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Babies are still very connected to the world from where they just arrived. If your baby seems otherwise happy and healthy, he is probably listening to or seeing his guides.angels or loved ones. Try to capture the moment on camera. You can show it to him when he grows up.

How precious!



Happy Mothering.

Missy - posted on 03/13/2012

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I agree with the respondant who said that if it continues, talk with your pediatrician because it can be an absence seizure. Our daughter had those.

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Something else for you to keep in mind....is he doing it shortly after a feed? If so, whether he's breast or bottle fed, maybe he's just on a milk high. That's what I used to call it when my son would zone out after a feed. He'd get that look in his eyes, almost like he was stoned, and half awake/half asleep....milk high :)

Carla Mae - posted on 03/12/2012

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The same experience with my daughter, she is now 2 years old and sometimes I caught her staring at a place as if thinking of something. Maybe they are just trying to figure things out, and its normal i suppose.

User - posted on 03/12/2012

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I agree with the other moms but keep an eye on it. My son did that as a baby. It was like he would just pass out with his eyes open. Turns out he was having seizures. I don't want to alarm you but you should at least say something to your pediatrician. You need to explain in detail exactly what he does when it happens and what was going on at the time. I'm sure he is fine but it's always better to be safe than sorry.

User - posted on 03/12/2012

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I agree with the other moms but keep an eye on it. My son did that as a baby. It was like he would just pass out with his eyes open. Turns out he was having seizures. I don't want to alarm you but you should at least say something to your pediatrician. You need to explain in detail exactly what he does when it happens and what was going on at the time. I'm sure he is fine but it's always better to be safe than sorry.

Kira - posted on 03/12/2012

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Let me say that my nephew did the same thing. Stared at nothing and you couldn't do anything to "snap" him out of it. my sister didn't think much of it until he started to get violent when "snapping" out of them. She talked to the doctor, and short version, after tests and such he was diagnosed with occipital epilepsy... where his brain has seizures, just not the convulsive types we typically think of. Meds have helped a great deal! Not saying this is your situation, but don't brush it off.. better to ask the doctor to evaluate him, push the issue if you have to. Better to be safe than sorry!

Kathy - posted on 03/12/2012

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I agree & say just mention to Dr. It could be nothing, which I pray that is the case. Staring into space could also be a petit seizure. Better to be safe than sorry.

Terrie - posted on 03/12/2012

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I agree, could be nothing, or could be seizures or Autism. The first thing a doctor will check for at that age would be seizures. If it continues I would go ahead and go to the dr about this. Autism is diagnosed later down the road.

Kris - posted on 03/12/2012

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It can absolutely be normal and nothing to worry about. However, you should also trust your mommy instincts. Keep an eye on it, let your doctor know, and if it continues (in such a way as to make you worry) it hurts nothing to get it checked out. There is a small chance it could be something neurological in nature (such as autism or seizures), and I would rather see your fears allayed than have any sense of guilt later.

Efrat - posted on 03/12/2012

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I agree with Lori. Keep an eye on it. If he's not consistent enough in answering to his name, you should check it out. Staring spells could be a sign of seizures, which are common with Autism, but can also come on their own.

Better be cautious, than to ignore it.. good luck!

Tracey - posted on 03/12/2012

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old school says they're playing with angels my children did it and now my grands. smiling in their sleep playing with angels....

Jennifer - posted on 03/12/2012

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Like Lori said, it can be normal, but it also sounds similar to a petit mal 'absence seizure'. If he continues doing this often, you could talk with a neurologist and have an EEG run. It's probably not that, but I'd keep an eye on it.

Lori - posted on 03/12/2012

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Although it can be very normal if you catch him doing this often talk to his pediatrician. Most times it is normal but in excess can be early signs of autism. In the case of my youngest it was.

User - posted on 03/12/2012

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Thanks ladies! I find myself "spacing out" sometimes too. It was just a little scary. He seemed asleep with his eyes open.

Bonnie - posted on 03/12/2012

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Sounds, voices, colours. There is always something to attract a babies attention. It's normal for babies to zone out.

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I'm 500 months (41 years lol) old and I often find myself zoning out lol

Seriously though, perfectly normal for a baby to do.

Tara - posted on 03/11/2012

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More times than I can count. I agree with Elfrieda - odds are he is just thinking about something, trying to figure things out - both my girls did this when they were that age.

Elfrieda - posted on 03/11/2012

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He's four months old. That's what they do! He was probably solving all the world's problems in his head. Or wondering if those wiggling things at the end of his arms belong to him.

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