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Is An Inability To Clap Or Wave Normal In A Newborn?

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Posted on Fri, 10 Nov 2017
Question: Hello doc my son is 10 month old..he is standing of own and crawling but does not clap or wave...he copies other gestures like wen i make make faces or sounds but not showing any interest in waving or clapping or pointing...and he do make perfect eye contact and respond to his name..i know waving and clappin important milestone should i worried?
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Answered by Dr. Diptanshu Das (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
No need to worry

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic.

I have gone carefully through your query and understand your concerns. The baby is supposed to stand on his own without support by 12 months of age. He is doing so by 10 months. So, the gross motor development is on track. You are talking about certain fine motor developments which would gradually fall into place. You need not be concerned. Waving and clapping may sometimes take some time to develop.

Let me know if I could help further.

Regards
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Follow up: Dr. Diptanshu Das (25 minutes later)
is it necessary to clap n wave??he imitate me oder gestures make sounds like me...babbles ol d time...is it not ok if he doesnt clap at all?
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Answered by Dr. Diptanshu Das (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Responsiveness is the issue, not clapping

Detailed Answer:
Not at this stage. Eventually the child will. If the child otherwise looks you in the eye and responds to commands, you need not worry even if he does not clap at all.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Kampana
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Is An Inability To Clap Or Wave Normal In A Newborn?

Brief Answer: No need to worry Detailed Answer: Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic. I have gone carefully through your query and understand your concerns. The baby is supposed to stand on his own without support by 12 months of age. He is doing so by 10 months. So, the gross motor development is on track. You are talking about certain fine motor developments which would gradually fall into place. You need not be concerned. Waving and clapping may sometimes take some time to develop. Let me know if I could help further. Regards