My son's unusual hand movements...why could this be happening?

Patricia - posted on 04/02/2014 ( 1 mom has responded )




I'm new to circle of moms and looking for some advice. My son is 7 mo old, and for the past month or so, I've noticed he's doing something a little strange with his hands. He does a weird twirling and opening and closing of his hands. Usually when he's excited and isn't playing with a toy. I noticed it about a month ago but never gave it much thought. My husband noticed it a few weeks ago as well as my mom, and they both brought it to my attention. I still didn't give it much thought....frankly my mommy 's intuition didn't feel like it was anything to worry about. Then I remembered something my husband said to me soon after our son was born. He kept asking "I hope he's ok". I finally said "why wouldn't he be?" He was intimating to the greater prevalence of autism in boys vs girls. At the time, I was annoyed that he would even worry about something like that for no reason, and then say something to me about it. I didn't think about that again, until just a couple of days ago, when he called attention to his little hands, then I made the mistake of googling it. Oh boy, was that a mistake because it makes nervous mommies more nervous. He's a super happy baby, very attentive, responds to his name, babbles, plays independently, he's healthy and developing well, and to me, perfect in every way. I will talk to his dr at our next appt in 2 months, but in the meantime, I'd like to ease my mind. Anyone experience this with their little ones? My first baby had her quirks as well, but she's just fine (now 4).


Sarah - posted on 04/02/2014




In many ways autism is the "new fad". Many kids do suffer from it and it is a real thing, but not every "symptom" means autism. Just like ADHD it can be over diagnosed or misdiagnosed. At your baby's age his weird hand motions when excited are perfectly normal. It is good to be aware of things but don't over analyze or you will drive yourself insane. Imagine all the things you could diagnosis yourself with.

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