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Question: 9-month old involuntary winking and nodding


 jnetti - Sun Oct 28, 2007 11:31 pm

My friends have a beautiful little girl. She is now 9 months old and in the last 2 weeks her parents have noticed some oddities. These oddities are: involuntary winking of both eyes (sometimes 2 to 3 in a row) sometimes coupled with a mild head nod forward. She seems completely unaware of these as she continues to play and interact. I have personally seen several of them in one day. I counted 17 winking/nodding incidents while her mother was feeding her within a 25 minute period. Again, she remained unaware. I counted 6 winking/nodding incidents within 5 minutes after she had napped with her mother and again she remained unaware that these were happening. She does not cry or show any other sign that these are bothering her. She has met most of her developmental milestones at this time. She is actually progressing moderately ahead of her age group. She is a pretty engaging toddler. My friends likened it to a cold chill. They are very bent out of shape about this and are taking her in for a possible EEG. They have heard that these incidents are fairly common (normal, per some statements) in this age group. Is this the case and what's the prognosis? I work for the Epilepsy Foundation so I can't help but be very worried for them.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Tue Oct 30, 2007 1:58 am

User avatar Hi Jnetti,

These movements may simply be developmental issues that will resolve over time. They may also be automatisms which can represent complex partial seizures.

Having the infant see a neurologist is a good idea to help determine if more investigation is needed or if this is simply a developmental issue.

Best wishes.

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