My 7 month old flaps his left hand. Its kind of like he is bending his wrist more than fingers if that makes sense. He has done it since birth (I think before birth too I swear I could feel it and when he was a newborn and I saw him do it I thought - ah, so thats what that was!) He does it while nursing sometimes, or just randomly in the day. He watches and plays with his hands and babbles alot while doing it during playtime. He just did it while fussing to get my attention. He also does it against my breast while nursing with both hands - like he's "milking" me. In fact, i have wondered if its his "sign" for wanting to nurse...but that wouldn't explain the prenatal/neonatal flapping.
There is some family history of neurobehavioral and autoimmune disorders in our families, but no history of autism. I never even worried about it with my other boys who are all much older, but from the moment I was pregnant, its been in the back of my mind. Its hard not to become paranoid in the current school/education climate since it is becoming so common. I have made much different choices as a result of my research. He is not vaccinated and I am trying to keep toxins to a minimum, eat organic, whole foods, etc. Nonetheless, he has struggled with food intolerances since birth. We are dairy and gluten free since they make him reflux and cry a high pitched cry and not sleep. He is developmentally normal for social and language milestones of the autism awareness sites.
Sorry if I am rambling...he was just doing the flapping thing alot today and it started to freak me out.
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And from age about 1-5, whenever she was excited, she would bounce up and down on her toes and flap her hands. It looked like a stereotypical autism 'stim', but clearly wasn't.
Hand flapping in the absence of anything else is just that. It's not diagnostic criteria, though it can be used with other criteria to establish autism.
That said, he had other signs. He wasn't consistently responding to his name. He took longer than typical to raise his arms to be picked up. He didn't point until he was 15 or 16 months. He was just different in interaction than his twin. Things I couldn't put my finger on but now I know there was less back and forth interaction and he was focusing on parts of my face rather than taking in the whole.
Flapping in the absence of anything else is insignificant.
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