If you are perplexed and at your wit’s end because of your baby’s obsessive twisting of wrists, there is just no need. For some babies, wrist-twisting and other strange body postures are just a phase that they eventually outgrow. Some kids will twist their wrists if they are feeling emotional. Either they are upset or excited, and so you need to monitor the reason behind the act. But it also depends on the actual age of your child. For example, is your baby within the range of say 6-9 months? Then it’s quite natural, and most probably, they are merely testing their physical abilities.
You need to observe if your child is also meeting their developmental milestones to decide if the twisting is a red flag for a more significant health issue. If yours is a much older baby, the habit may start to look odd, and you need an expert opinion to allay your most profound fears.
Most specialists suggest a diagnosis for severe conditions such as autism if the behavior persists longer than necessary. Although with mild autism, some kids can still meet their growth milestones, it wouldn’t hurt to have a doctor rule out an underlying condition.
When Wrist Twisting Can Be a Warning Sign
According to various studies, most of the very young kids will do things that autistic kids do. It is usually alright for babies within a specific age range to familiarize themselves with various body motions, including wrist twisting. But doctors advise you to closely study your child to ascertain that the behavior is not odd. For example, if some postures go beyond a specific age range and are more intense, you have reason to seek medical advice. Also, you need to test if your baby responds to other stimuli with the same interest they have for their wrists. If not, then you are justified to assume that your little one has an underlying medical issue.
Other Red Flags to Watch
Although, at this stage, you are particularly not looking for signs of autism in your baby, you can pick up early signs of trouble in your child’s obsessive behavior. This should also push you to seek immediate expert help for your child. For example, does your baby spend considerable amounts of time looking at objects? Normal development goes with a much shorter attention span, where your baby will possibly see an item, try to pick it, and within minutes be banging it or even biting.
Again, be careful if your baby is uncharacteristically quiet and does not frequently use their voices to communicate with you or anyone else. Then, also check for your child’s facial expressions. Do they often have a big bright smile on their faces? Do they pay close attention when you speak to them? If yes, then that should be fine, but have a doctor assess your child for possible autism if there is a more neutral response.
Necessary Tests for Your Wrist-Twisting Baby
It helps to be positive and to believe that your baby is just going through a phase. However, it’s also essential to know the early signs of illness and get timely help for them. To eliminate necessary doubt, use a simple assessment to test your child’s growth, such as a test for name recognition. Here, your baby should quickly look up once you call out their name. A red flag is if they are merely looking up some of the time. Again, is your child babbling out the usual Goo-goo, gaga words by age 5-6 months? If by now there they are not uttering these sounds, then you have reason to fear.
Other Useful Assessments for Your Baby
As young as two months, your baby can recognize and respond to others’ smiles, so take it as a warning sign if they haven’t achieved this crucial milestone. Another marker is if your baby is fond of lining up their toys. For some odd reason, autistic kids have this weird behavior to line up or spin their toys, unlike your very normal baby. Generally, see if your baby is in any way misrepresenting social cues. Or are they missing them entirely? This assessment, coupled with the wrist-twisting, can be quite telling and allows you to seek necessary medical intervention quickly.