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6 mo. old has uncontrollable head jerks

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 20, 2006
  • 07:07 PM

My son is 6 months old. In every way he is healthy and very happy. All of his measurements put him in the 75%, so his head isn't measuring any larger than the rest of him.

Occasionally he will do this head jerky thing where it almost looks like a short spasm. It happens at random times, so I don't see anything really triggering it. All of a sudden his head will lean down where his chin will meet his chest and then bob up and down real fast 3-5 times and then he is done. It almost reminds me of a symptom of Tourettes (I only say this because I saw a special on Tourettes 3-4 months ago). The past week, I'd say he is doing it about once a day, but I remember him doing it a few times last month too.

Can a baby this young have Tourettes or is it just that he is learning so many things and it's just a symptom of him growing and getting bigger.

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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  • Wow, its so hard when they're little and can't tell you how they're feeling. The most important thing is to pursue this with your doctors. Tics/twitches/spasms can be a part of many different movement disorders. It sounds like it could be a hard thing to diagnose, so get second opinions, 3rd and 4th if you need them.In the meantime, you might check out www.wemove.org for information about Tourette's and many other movement disorders. They also have a forum for parents. http://www.wemove.org/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgiAnother good place for you to ask this question is braintalk communities. http://brain.hastypastry.net/forums/index.phpKeep in mind that people on these forums are usually not doctors, but they may have experience with the types of symptoms you are seeing in your son. You might get ideas to ask the doctors about.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 22, 2006
    • 10:04 PM
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  • I am an adult with a neurological disorder-spasmodic torticollis-which causes spasms in the neck, etc. I know there is also a disorder-torticollis-that affects young children. It may end up being nothing at all to worry about. Your best bet would be to talk to your child's primary care Dr and see what they reccomend. You should do this as soon as you are able in case it needs to be referred to a specialist or for more testing. Hopefully it turns out to be nothing to worry about, Good luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 26, 2006
    • 06:57 PM
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  • I don't know where you saw this program but I saw it too on the discovery channel It sounds similar to the tourettes syndrome. It is something needed to be taken seriously because it is still early and the doctors may be able to start him on medication please do not put it off take him to a doctor and fast. life is to precious I will be praying for you and one advice I can give you because i am have a serious problem with my daughter and it has been going on for two years and she is two years old do the math. 1. always ask question you can never be bothering your doctor and if so find another physician. 2.Pray and never stop and believe in what you are praying for once you are living and doing gods will he hears you and would never let you down. take care .:)
    concerniality 4 Replies
    • November 12, 2006
    • 00:54 AM
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  • Hi you don't know me but i have been through many doctors with my son and throungh many different symptoms but if something doesn't get suggested sometimes it doesn't even cross some ones mind. i would ask about maybe seizures, maybe do a m.r.i.. if u are concerned of seizeres seriously though get an e.e.g. that will tell u right away if he has ever had one. just suggesting cause they docome in all shapes and forms... good luck to both of you...god bless
    aliciapeacegirl 1 Replies
    • December 22, 2006
    • 00:29 AM
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  • My son is 6 months old. In every way he is healthy and very happy. All of his measurements put him in the 75%, so his head isn't measuring any larger than the rest of him.Occasionally he will do this head jerky thing where it almost looks like a short spasm. It happens at random times, so I don't see anything really triggering it. All of a sudden his head will lean down where his chin will meet his chest and then bob up and down real fast 3-5 times and then he is done. It almost reminds me of a symptom of Tourettes (I only say this because I saw a special on Tourettes 3-4 months ago). The past week, I'd say he is doing it about once a day, but I remember him doing it a few times last month too.Can a baby this young have Tourettes or is it just that he is learning so many things and it's just a symptom of him growing and getting bigger.Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.Hi my daughter is eleven months old and suffered from torticollis at 2 months. I thought it was cured. But, recently she has been jerking her hed to the left uncontrollably and holds it their like something hurts. My doctor doesn't know what it is.She does it a lot. And it really worries me..
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 8, 2007
    • 06:20 AM
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  • Have you thought of taking her to a massage therapist? There are ones out there trained to work with neuromuscular disorders and young children.It may provide a good deal of relief on taut neck muscles. Sounds like they are being pulled on or strained. Maybe one side of her muscle group is shorter than the other? I do masage (14 years now) and I've seen people helped alot with torticollis. There may be an electrolyte deficiency in her muscles that needs to be addressed. When the body is too low on Magnesium-the muscles "spasm" or cramp up. Calcium is known to spasm the muscles also. Have her checked- but please try THE EASY PROCEDURES FIRST. ONCE YOU START TAKING HER TO MDs, IT BECOMES A LIFETIME OF DRUGS AND/OR REMOVAL OF BODY PARTS, ETC. Start with the electrolytes and muscular integrity. She may have a build up of toxins in her muscle fibers that can cause that too. Babies love and benefit from massage too! Best of luck
    1111healer 106 Replies
    • January 8, 2007
    • 07:31 AM
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  • You need to research moyamoya disease. This sounds exactly like it. There is even a video that you can find of a child doing this.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 12, 2007
    • 08:19 PM
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  • hi my little girl had that for about two months and she was fine she almost 2 now i ask her doctor about it and h said nothing was wrong
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 23, 2007
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  • I had seen one brief reference to the diet in a medical paper when Ellie was first diagnosed, but when I brought it up to my pediatrician her response was "I would never put a growing child on this diet." End of story. But after reading the chapter in this book from Johns Hopkins, I went to the medical library and did some research on my own. Most of the references were in very old neurology texts and journals, but the more I read the more convinced I became that the diet was our answer.======================mikemathew
    mikemathew 1 Replies
    • August 28, 2008
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  • My son is 7 1/2 months old and does the SAME EXACT THING. We first thought that he was imitating our older son say "yes". (Jerking his head up and down) But after a couple of days it seemed involuntary. He may ***k his head once an hour....hardly at all... twice a day....or 10-15 times in a row. It's quite frightening. I researched the internet... PKU, tuberous sclerosis (there is a video on youtube showing an infant boy ***k his head like my son), Pertussis, Encephalitis, Tourette's. I did record him on my cell phone to show the doctor(s) in case he doesn't do it in their presence. Our pediatrician ordered an EEG. (tomorrow at 10am) And we have an appt. with a pediatric neurologist in 5 WEEKS! I definitely don't want to wait so long. I will update as soon as I have EEG results.....
    BrandyBE 3 Replies
    • October 13, 2008
    • 07:14 PM
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  • My almost 9 moth old is doing the exact thing...its getting worse ...did you find out anything??
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 3, 2008
    • 08:15 PM
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  • The EEG results came back normal. We are keeping the appt with the neurologist on Nov. 20th. He has stopped jerking his head yes...relief! He now shakes his head no....and sometimes stops doing it and laughs when we say "STOP."
    BrandyBE 3 Replies
    • November 4, 2008
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