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    Question Baby is stiff when picked up.

    Hey guys

    Wasn't sure if I should post this in this sub-forum because it's specifically for children with disabilities and special needs, but I figured that if what I'm posting about IS an issue you would all know best.

    My baby is a few days shy of 5 months old, but 4 months adjusted age (he was prem).

    I've noticed for a while that when he's picked up, like just under the arms or whatever, his body stiffens and his back arches slightly - his legs are dead straight. And when I pick him up like that and hold him up to me with his head looking over my shoulder he doesn't relax and conform to my body like a baby usually would for cuddles/comfort, his tummy is against me and his legs are sticking out away from me. I have to actually use my other arm to push his legs into me and he's still stiff even then.

    I only really became somewhat concerned about it at Gymbaroo today when we were doing an exercise with the babies where we held them under their arms and swung them gently between our legs. All of the other babies of varying ages were basically floppy and relaxed, just swinging gently, and my baby was stiff as always.

    .. any ideas?


    Oh, and to all of you who post in here - you're absolute inspirations to me. Being a Mama is hard work and to do it with additional challenges, you guys are just amazing.
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    Just wondering if this could be a more pronounced kind of startle or moro reflex. I'd definately be taking your concerns to the MCHN or next time you visit the GP.

    All I can tell you is I noticed something different with my little one when she was about 7mths old and didn't follow through until she was 8mths old. I did pose questions to the MCHN but she didn't see a problem, hence my putting it off a bit.

    My other 4 kids were all very early with their milestone and I thought maybe Aleacia was just text book average... but she wasn't sitting unsupported, she was very fisted, I couldn't bicycle her legs as they were too stiff, I had great difficulty spreading her legs for nappy changes and she became very stiff when feeling insecure in her seating (couldn't extend her arms).

    As I said, take your concerns to the MCHN and if you're not happy with her response then take it further... a mum knows her child better than anyone else. I hope it's nothing to worry about.

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    Thanks so much for your reply. What condition dies your little one have?

    I really really hope it's nothing too!

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    Sorry I should have said.... Leacie has Cerebral Palsy... but it's an umbrella term for many physical disabilities.


 

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