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What causes hand and foot twirling in a child?

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Posted on Tue, 5 Jul 2016
Question: My babies are twuns and 7 weeks old.......

They have a unique way of shaking hands while crying and they move their hands a lot..

They fold their fingers and move theor wrist horizontally....

is it normal
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Answered by Dr. Arun (35 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Yes it is normal

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Thanks again for writing to us.
If they are doing that particular kind of movement only during crying, it is normal. No need to worry.
But if they do so even when not crying, it needs evaluation.
Generally all babies move their hands and shake while crying.
If they are crying too frequently especially while passing urine, you need to get urine tested for infection.
If urinary tract infection is confirmed by urine examination and culture, your doctor will prescribe appropriate antibiotics based on the reports.
Hope I answered your question.
Wishing your twins good health and speedy recovery.
Regards
Dr Arun
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Arun (2 hours later)
Yes they make that movement only during crying.....

they cry almost everytime they pass urine.
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Answered by Dr. Arun (15 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Possible urinary tract infection

Detailed Answer:
If so it could be urinary tract infection.
Get urine tested for routine and culture.
Treatment will depend on reports as decided by your pediatrician.
Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Arun (29 minutes later)
These days they wantvto sleep only on lap amd nowhere..why do they do that
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Answered by Dr. Arun (9 hours later)
Brief Answer:
For comfort

Detailed Answer:
Babies love cuddling and warmth of lap.
Another reason could be the urinary tract infection causing discomfort.
Confirm if the same is present and get it treated if positive.
Regards

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What causes hand and foot twirling in a child?

Brief Answer: Yes it is normal Detailed Answer: Hi Thanks again for writing to us. If they are doing that particular kind of movement only during crying, it is normal. No need to worry. But if they do so even when not crying, it needs evaluation. Generally all babies move their hands and shake while crying. If they are crying too frequently especially while passing urine, you need to get urine tested for infection. If urinary tract infection is confirmed by urine examination and culture, your doctor will prescribe appropriate antibiotics based on the reports. Hope I answered your question. Wishing your twins good health and speedy recovery. Regards Dr Arun