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September 14th, 2009, 08:41 PM
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Claire has started shaking her head. She started a couple months ago and would only do it once or twice and we thought she was learning how to shake her head No. Yesterday she did it several times. She only does it when she is tired. She did it several times today and it got worse as the day went on. She was doing it during dinner and it continued to get worse the closer to bedtime.

Does anyone know what this is? With her history of seizures it makes me nervous. I think I'm going to call her pediatrician tomorrow. I videotaped it and I know he will most likely say we need to get in contact with her neurologist. You all know, it is just so frustrating when so many things are going right and then you get knocked back again.
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September 15th, 2009, 08:33 AM
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Without seeing it firsthand, I'd wonder if she's just trying to keep herself awake. My DS used to do that when he was fighting sleep. But, I agree that if she has a history of seizures, better get it checked out.


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September 15th, 2009, 04:03 PM
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I'd keep an eye on it. Danny did a head shake for quite a while, and it was just him being playful, but we did wonder about seizures at first. The one thing to watch for, we were told, is what his eyes are doing. Are they engaged, or are they rolling back during the shaking?

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September 15th, 2009, 08:04 PM
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We went to the regular pediatrician today because she had her 9 month well baby check. I had a video of it and she said that she thinks it might be seizures because her left arm goes straight and stiff (I didn't notice it until she pointed it out while watching the video). Her neurologist is out of town until Thursday but I was able to email the video to him. He most likely will do another EEG. I am wondering if he will move her MRI that she was supposed to have at 1 year up as well.
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September 16th, 2009, 10:29 PM
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Oh I hope you get some answers! Carter shakes his head no a lot, but he doesn't know it's "no" so I'm not sure what it's all about.

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