what could it mean when my baby stiffens his body and grunts?

Nikki - posted on 11/06/2012 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I have a 2 1/2 month old son. Since he was about 3 weeks he will do this thing that freaks me out. He stiffens his whole body and makes fists and puts his arms up by his face and he will grunt and not breathe for like 3 or 4 seconds. Someone suggested it could be seizures so we took him to the ER but they said it wasn't but didn't really say what it was. Just said babies do weird things. I've never seen a baby do something like that. His pediatricians says its BC his acid reflux. They haven't actually seen it happen though. Any suggestions on what this may be?

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Tatia - posted on 11/07/2012

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Hi I remember my 2nd baby doing something similar. In her case it was teeth. The pain would basically shoot through her little body, she would clench her fists and straighten her body. It stipped after a few weeks - got me really worried though. Check the gums, babies can start teething at 3months or less. Hope it is that. Tash

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Danyale - posted on 08/29/2014

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My son does the same thing...I call it star fishing bc thts wht it looks like whn he stiffins up

Chrisso - posted on 11/08/2012

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My advise is whenever talking to a doctor about things have visual evidence. So try and carry your phone with you at all times and video the movements and show them.if the pead thinks it is reflux ask them to to a barium swallow to rule in or out silent reflux. But just trust your mummy instinct and if it is telling u something isn't right then get a second, third and so on opinions. Good luck hope u get a answer soon

Nikki - posted on 11/08/2012

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They don't really happen at a certain time just randomly and they seem to be more frequent. We r going to take him for a second opinion. Just afraid they will say its nothing bc they dont see it happen. I had the dr check to see if he was teething and they said he wasnt :( i just dont want it to be anything that could cause damage to him.

Kirstin - posted on 11/08/2012

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my son did the same thing starting when he saw a very small baby, maybe 2 months. the doctors could find no medical reason. they seemed to worsen as he got older but were contained to when he was waking up or very soon after waking. one day i saw his adult uncle on his dad side do the same thing. mentioned this to the doctor , checked family med records and was told it was a type of sleep spasm and was possibly hereditary. since about age 6 they have become much less frequent ( my son is now 10 ) but has never fully gone away. i was told there is no known cure or medication as it is only a type of involuntary minor muscle spasm. his adult uncle who is now nearly 30 has them to this day with no lasting adverse affects. hope for your sake this is not the case as i am still not used to seeing him shake. check family history, hope you come up with some answers

Ashley - posted on 11/08/2012

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Im with Nikki, get a second opinion! Im my opinions and experiences, ER doctors arent the brightest when it comes down to non-trauma stuff. Maybe keep a log of when it happens what were the events leading up to the episode and if possible maybe video an episode so you have visual aides when you talk to your doctor. Keeping a log may also help determine the cause! Good Luck!

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