My six month old has recently started shuddering for no apparent reason- she shudders from head to toe like someone has just walked on her grave, with no particular pattern to when she does it. Any ideas why?

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Rebecca - posted on 12/29/2008

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My older daughter has done this since she was about 6 months old (she's now 4). She does it when she needs to urinate. We call them pee-shivers. It used to be a sign she was about to have a wet diaper. Now it's a sign we need to remind her to get to the toilet.

FYI: To be on the safe side, you might check out http://www.infantilespasms.com/ to rule out infantile spasms--they require immediate medical treatment.

Marnae - posted on 12/29/2008

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My son is almost 5 months old and has pee-shivers, the spasms he has are different from this. I watched the video on infantilespasms.com (good resource) but it doesn't look like that either. It's a sort of vibration all over almost acting like he startles and doesn't stop shaking. He's done it at different times. I read up on it in What To Expect the First Year and they state early on this is an immature central nervous system also...????

Sherry - posted on 12/29/2008

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I would say to keep track of it and ask a doctor if it goes on for more than a few months. Webmd.com might be able to help.

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My daughter is now 9 1/2 months old and started that shuddering at about 6 mos. Dr. said that it is not unusual as the nervous system is immature. He said that unless it is bothering her not to worry and it would pass. It has!

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Sherry-ann - posted on 03/15/2013

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My 6mo has started doing this also, just a quick shudder every now and then out of nowhere like when we ourselves get that 'someone just walked over our grave' feeling. My mum said my brother and I both did it when we were bubs too and her midwife told her it was just a funny thing babies develop when they do a wee about this age. My gp didn't seem to know why she would be doing it but he doesn't deal with many babies and wasn't worried anyway!

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My son did that at 5-6 months old. He had acid reflux not sure if your child does. I took him to a neurologist and they said that is from the acid reflux and it is called sandiford syndrome. Once he out grew the acid relfux it would go away and he did. You can google it and get more info. Hope it helps.

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What are her eyes doing? Do they look far away or is she still looking around? What are her arms/legs doing?

User - posted on 12/29/2008

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Our 8 month old had an EEG last week for the same thing and I was super freaked out. The neurologist said it was nothing. He called them Benign Infantile Shuttering Spells. She still does it when she seems annoyed by something, but it has slowed significantly. I would definately tell your doc just in case you have some family history. I know it is concerning, but everything should be ok. good luck.

Amy - posted on 12/29/2008

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My daughter is 19 months...she has been doing that for a while now...it looks like she gets the chills...and then laughs afterwards. It doesn't happen all the time...but it just looks like she got the chills for a second...i think it's perfectly normal but you may still wanna bring it up the next time you see the doctor...if you are really concerned.

Tina - posted on 12/29/2008

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my daughter did the same thing for a while for no reason, she eventually stopped. I wouldn't worry about it.

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