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Over the last couple of days ds has been shaking his head (as we do when saying no) really fast. He is only 6 months and is not saying no. He does this when he is tired, about to fall asleep, or just any time. Why is he doing it? It is really freaking us out. Yesterday he developed a temp and I brought him to the drs today and she said his throat is red so maybe that's why he is doing it. Has anyone ever seen this?
 

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All 3 of my older kids did this. It was something new they enjoyed doing. Also, I think the moving fast makes things spin a bit, like being dizzy, so it is extra fun!
 

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I've seen lots of babes do it- I think it's just a fun trick. OThat said, if you're concerned, I wouldn't hesitate to call the ped.
 

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My son did this too - along with headbanging - I think it's a normal part of development <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> My guess is he likes the sensation of it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My 4 month old just started doing this, rapidly shaking her head back and forth, in the past few days. I wondered about an ear infection? She had her checkup yesterday and her ears were fine. I didn't mention it because I had already decided it was probably not cause for concern in my case. It is alarming to watch though because I wonder if it indicates mental illness or pain or some other problem...
 

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DD did this too, she still does sometimes. She laughs and smiles afterwards and while she's doing it, so it looks to me that it's something she has alot of fun doing...we think it's cute. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I don't want to be an alarmist, but I have also heard of this being a symptom of a rare neurological disorder. I can't remember the name of it now. But listen to your instinct. If it worries you, take him to the doc. If you feel it's part of his normal development, then relax. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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El does it and we laugh at her! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush"><br><br>
We ask her "Do you like carrots"? and the like and giggle when she shakes her head!
 

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My son did this the other night and freaked the peepee out of me! I thought "Oh no he is having a seizer!"<br><br>
But then I remembered my other ones having these twitchy head or hand movements.<br><br>
Trust your instinct though mama. If it bothers you, get it checked out!
 

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totally normal. We try to teach dd that it means no and also try to teach her to nod and that it means yes. She's 14 months old and hasn't figured it out yet.<br><br>
They like the movement, just like they like being upside down and swinging around, etc.
 

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Thanks for the input mamas. I am going to give it a few days and see if it persists after the fever, etc. I am hoping that a tooth breaks through. That would explain everything -- fever, head turning, diaper rash, night waking -- and I could stop worrying.
 

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Ds did this all the time when he was really tired... he's 4 1/2 years now, he doesn't do it anymore... but probably every night and every nap for much of his first year! dd did it some too... i think i read somewhere it is a way to wind themselves down. Like now, my kids run back and forth through the house, every night just before bed... my dog does this too (not at the same time, but when she's getting ready for bed)... i think it shakes out all the antsiness and gets them settled... HTH...<br><br>
Totally normal though.
 

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Sounds normal to me, I've never known a baby that Didn't do it. When they get a little older and walking halfway decently you ge thte fun of watching them spin themselves is circles over andoverandover until they fall down. Usuallt laughing hysterically. Then stumble around until they have enough balance to start over. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bouncy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bouncy"><br><br>
They like to control anythgin they can, so when they figure out how to do somethng like that they just want to keep doing it. I think they also like the dizziness. Plus, like someone mentioned, it helps to get that last bit of energy expelled so they can settle down to sleep. Kids, and in my experience cats, tend to get the 'crazies', running around generally being, well, crazy!, just before a long sleep.
 

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my ds did this when he was tired or about to fall asleep. he's grown out of it now. i hadn't realized until i read this that he hasn't done it in a while. i think he did it from ~3 months until 10 months.<br><br>
i think its normal
 
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