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Daughter HARDLYever bLiNkS!??!!

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  • Posted By: ShellyLynn0210
  • December 6, 2008
  • 07:27 PM

My daughter is 15 months old. My family and I have all noticed that she very rarely ever blinks. She blinks when there is cause, for example if she bangs pots or a toy. Watching her is shocking to see. She can go 10 minutes or longer without blinking, normally she is tired or interupted by her banging. She is an extremely active kid. There is not a minute that seems to pass that shes not playing, making noises, rapidly moving her legs, or running around the house. I know that this might seem ok, and normal child behavior, but she acts like she has to "keeep going, and going." She also can follow and respond to verbal directions, but speaks very few words. I have inquired with my Doctor and they tell me that there is no need to worry, just normal kid behavior. My inquiries first started when I noticed that my daughter was getting very accident prone. She was walking like a pro and then seemed on occasion to act "dizzy." I even took precautions to call our gas company and have them check for leaks. She is so dizzy sometimes that she cant even catch her balance. The doctor brushes my concerns off due to being my first child. I dont know what the cause my be, I am looking for people with possible reasons or similar situations. Please help!! :confused:

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  • Thank you Blaze for responding. I checked into the links you sent me. There are tons of Antennas and sats around us. I dont know, but maybe its a possiblity. I do know that she is EXTREMELY "drawn" to Blackberry's, Laptops, computers, cell phones, digital cameras, and wireless xbox controllers, and if you put them up or take them away she throws a fit. I kinda just thought that she was facinated by them cause shes a curious child, maybe its something more. Do you know if she would get stimulated from the signals and thats why she likes them so much?? This may sound wierd as well but there are certain stores that we say shes "allergic to", we can not walk into a Target store without her screaming or throwing a fit. We can be at different stores before and after no problem. I do have to say that when reading your reply I was shocked. Do you have any personal experiences with this? and do you think it would cause the lack of blinking? I cant really find anything anywhere about the lack of, only continious or rapid. Thank you again. :confused:Any more suggestions anyone PLEASE let me know.
    ShellyLynn0210 7 Replies
    • December 7, 2008
    • 08:02 PM
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  • I do know that she is EXTREMELY "drawn" to Blackberry's, Laptops, computers, cell phones, digital cameras, and wireless xbox controllers, and if you put them up or take them away she throws a fit. I kinda just thought that she was facinated by them cause shes a curious child, maybe its something more.. I havent really got any answers for you but as a mother myself.. i can say that some young children (maybe most??) are extremely interested in electrical things.. whether its your phone or the tv remote. So i wouldnt take that as any sign of an issue. The lack of blinking thou and the "dizzy" attacks if your daughter is usually very stable on her feet.. as a mother would concern me. I have no idea what would cause it thou. I'd think thou that a sudden lack of concentration could well cause a baby of that age to fall...even if the child is walking well. So maybe it's just she's loosing her concentration and that causing a loss of balance...rather then her having just balance issues as such.
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies
    • December 8, 2008
    • 00:59 AM
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  • The "dizzy" spells may be caused by the lack of blinking in the sense that it's possible her vision gets a little blurry after a while because her eyes start drying out. At that point she may be unable to see clearly where she is going and most babies tend to just drop down on their **m when they get confused like that. This is just a wild guess though, and by no means a medical opinion. My advice to you would be to see a pediatric ophthalmologist if you haven't already. It's obvious you are not satisfied with your regular doctor's reaction and a pediatric ophthalmologist can at least rule out physical eye problems. Plus he/she might know more about other possible underlying causes. (Or at the very least they can tell you whether or not it's normal to begin with.) Hope you figure it out soon!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 8, 2008
    • 06:50 PM
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  • Thank you for the more information. I am just very concerned, and any information that is given is appreciated. I am in the process of trying to find a doctor in my area who actually wants to be a doctor, and who is willing to navigate down this path with me. I am hoping for the best in any case. :confused: Please again if anyone has any thoughts I'm listening...
    ShellyLynn0210 7 Replies
    • December 8, 2008
    • 08:04 PM
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  • Was she potentially exposed to alcohol in the womb? If so, try here: http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUSKUA16278720080211
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • December 8, 2008
    • 08:44 PM
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  • Nope, the last option is not possible. I think I am the only former bartender in the world that doesn't drink:)... thank you for your thoughts.
    ShellyLynn0210 7 Replies
    • December 8, 2008
    • 09:40 PM
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  • The "dizzy" spells may be caused by the lack of blinking in the sense that it's possible her vision gets a little blurry after a while because her eyes start drying out. At that point she may be unable to see clearly where she is going and most babies tend to just drop down on their **m when they get confused like that. This is just a wild guess though, and by no means a medical opinion. My advice to you would be to see a pediatric ophthalmologist if you haven't already. It's obvious you are not satisfied with your regular doctor's reaction and a pediatric ophthalmologist can at least rule out physical eye problems. Plus he/she might know more about other possible underlying causes. (Or at the very least they can tell you whether or not it's normal to begin with.) Hope you figure it out soon! Thank you for the advice, and I wish she was falling on her **m, she seems to always bonk her head. I have pillows duct taped to everything hard in my house. It looks odd, but I get so scared when she gets hurt and when I dont know how to stop it. The dizzyness comes on fast and happens in seconds and she normally hits her face or head sometimes more than once before I can reach her. Thank you again, I am going to check in with eye doctor.
    ShellyLynn0210 7 Replies
    • December 8, 2008
    • 09:47 PM
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  • I do know that she is EXTREMELY "drawn" to Blackberry's, Laptops, computers, cell phones, digital cameras, and wireless xbox controllers, and if you put them up or take them away she throws a fit. Have you ever tried taking away non-electrical objects at a moment when she is focusing all her attention on it. If she is touching or watching something with a similar interest and throws a similar fit when you take that away, it may just be coincidence. A lot of kids really don't like it when you take away the one thing they where just wrapping their mind around ;) It's just possible most other objects she plays with are considered safe and have rarely been taken away from her. Just a thought... Also, just to let you know, remember to scroll up when checking for new messages. Replies from unregistered users (such as me) take a while to show up as they need to be checked by a moderator first.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 8, 2008
    • 09:48 PM
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  • The dizzyness comes on fast and happens in seconds and she normally hits her face or head sometimes more than once before I can reach her. Thank you again, I am going to check in with eye doctor.I understand this is indeed a dangerous situation if the risks of her getting hurt are that bad. I don't know how easy it is to do, but you may want to consider creating a "safe room". One room where you remove most hard furniture to reduce the danger, having baby gates at all entrances to this room. Also I would advise getting a hearth gate if you have a fireplace or stove. Check out the babygateworld.com website for ideas. http://www.babygateworld.com/Hearth%20Gate%20page.htm It may also be a good idea to even have a fenced off area, large playpen or even almost empty room you can place her in if you know you are going to be doing something you may not be able to instantly drop when you see her getting dizzy. Keeping a couple of her most favorite toys in this playpen only might help keep her happy when she needs to be in it. I know fencing off sections of your house is not a solution, but it may help prevent serious injuries while you figure this out. That and I'm sure she doesn't want pillows duct taped around her head ;-) Have you told your doctor about these dizzy spells? I can understand a doctor brushing off blinking symptoms as it can be a common thing for babies, but dizzy spells are a matter he/she should definitely look at. Try observing her when this happens, does she seem to panic? Does it look like she's in pain? Or does she just look surprised or confused? The best time to do this would be when someone else is around and able to pick her up while you stand back and look. Also, try to immediately get her attention, maybe try and make her giggle or hold up a favorite toy to see if she'll respond to it like she does normally. At the same time, if there is ever someone around who has had children, ask them how their child used to fall when losing their balance when they first learned to walk and ask if they see a difference or if the way your child falls would worry them too. Mark down anything and everything you notice, each time again. Write down the date, time of day, how long it lasted, what she was doing (walking, standing still, holding a specific object), who or what was around (such as pets, family members, etc). It will give you and your doctor a broader view and possibly some additional symptoms. Again, I'm not a doctor, I don't even have a child of my own yet. This is just my point of view, my opinions and a couple suggestion I really hope can help you out. Good luck!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 8, 2008
    • 11:29 PM
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  • Thank you again, any opinion that gets me thinking outside of my box is an appreciated one. I hope I get this figured out. I've decided that with the rate she is going, I am going to watch and document her food/sleep/fallings and daily situations, for a week or so then I am going to take that info with me to the Doctors so we can really get to the bottom of this. Reviewing home movies of her as a baby, noticed that she doesnt blink there either. So another week, strictly supervised will hopefully give me a better detailed report of what "appears" to be happening, and will allow me to untangle this problem. Thank you again
    ShellyLynn0210 7 Replies
    • December 10, 2008
    • 01:50 AM
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