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My 7 month old baby (girl) twists her hands and open

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My 7 month old baby (girl) twists her hands and open and closes her fingers often. She is very social, laughs, smiles, makes eye contact, babbles, recognizes family members but with all the info on Autism these hand movements concern me.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. D. Evans replied 8 years ago.

There is no way that these signs, opening and closing her fists, is related to Autism. These are not the symptoms of autism at all. Autism is related to social behavior and not to such movements.
You can look up here for signs of autism:

Perhaps what you mean to rule out is whether these are convulsions.

It is often difficult to determine whether jerky movements of the limbs in a baby are a convulsion or a simple jerky movement which is perfectly normal in babies.. They can be differentiated by:

Simple movements can be stopped by holding the limb whereas in a convulsion it will keep on occurring.

Convulsions are associated with eye rolling so that you can see the whites of the eyes while in simple eye movements, the eyes may jerk but this white is not seen.

Convulsions can occur at any time even when the baby is awake but simple jerks occur only during sleep.

Convulsions last for some time but jerks are usually a single snapping jerk.

After convulsions, baby will remain drowsy/groggy for some time, but with jerks they will show normal behaviour immediately afterwards.

It is very likely from your description that this is a simple jerky movement.

You can look up here:

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