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8 month only boy with some strange behaviors

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#1 SkyFluff

Posted 11 August 2018 - 10:50 PM

So a little history, he was born at 38wks 5days, fast birth (6 hours total) ftm, all natural no medication vaginal delivery (not sure if it matters). Was exclusively breastfed, still bfs.

Anyway, he started at a early age grabbing his ears (both ears,not at the same time) I initially thought ear infection and saw GP she said its normal & he's just discovered he has ears (this happened around 3-4 months). At 8 months he's still grabbing at his ears on and off (I thought maybe teething, but he has only just showed signs of teeth pegs which means at 4 months it couldn't be teething).

He has always reacted strange to sounds, not like loud sounds like vacuums & blenders, but more so if someone makes a funny squeaky sound or a strange sound in general he will look and pull a funny face and act like the sound really disturbs him. He's only recently started crying at strange sounds (like my partner did a squeaky blowing sound with his mouth & he cried).

He also has this one particular toy, it's a leap frog walker type thing with a bunch of interactive buttons that play music and sings and it has a single plastic page book, he always insists that the books page is to the right. He could be playing with a different toy entirely and I secretly turn over the page to the left side and as soon as he notices he will turn it over to the right immediately.

We've also been trying to get him properly on solids since a little over 6 months. At 6 months (we tried pear puree first)  he hated it, cried and fussed and refused (he's always been breastfed & been a large boy 8.5kgs & 70cm tall at 8 months) he hated being spoon fed & would Gag and chock on the foods we gave him.
He lost some weight at the last month visit and the GP said feed him solids anyway possible. He took to a bottle (I express breastmilk) so we've ended up resorting to pureeing foods & putting them in a bottle with a large teat for him to drink (not ideal I know but the Dr said anyway possible & made it out like we were starving him (lost 200gs in over 1 month) so we just did what we thought was best, regardless of the problems it may cause later.

At 8 months he happily drinks his purees & is on a range of solid foods but still refuses purees on a spoon or putting them in his mouth. When food gets in his mouth he gags and tries pushing it out. I've spoken to 2 GPS about it & they all have said just keep feeding him it, but I feel like, first he's not entirely ready and second it's traumatic for him, he cries and screams and refuses. If we keep pushing it he began associating the highchair with soild food & hated being in it (would cry as soon as in seat). We've tried finger foods (hated it, cried, ignored food or threw it). We tried pouring the puree out on the highchair table for him to feel the texture of & try, he got it on his fingers and got upset also didn't eat it.

In terms of milestones, he can role front to back, back to front, sit up unassisted for long periods of time (5mins plus)  although is a little wobbly and occasionally falls. He babbles a lot, frequently smiles and appears always happy, rarely cries or is upset, bonded very well to myself & his dad (my partner) as well as grandma and grandpa. Sleeps very well, morning nap & large lunch nap, sleeps 7pm-7am,  wakes 1-2 times a night for a breastfeed. Has been gaining weight since eating some pureed food (in a bottle). He moves toys between left & right hand, picks things up & examines them, turns buttons & switches on toys. He's recently started noticing other people & crying when they talk to him while not held by myself. He gives eye contact frequently and responds to his name.

Is this anything to worry about? My Mum (his grandma) is getting worried saying he might be showing signs of a disability early.
What do you think? I know he's very young but the book thing being a particular way from this early on makes me worried...


#2 Lallalla

Posted 11 August 2018 - 11:15 PM

The sound thing doesn’t sound too odd to me, my nephew is funny about sound. He thinks everything is too loud (from the loudest kid on the planet) he might have sensitive hearing. Or it could be lack of hearing related (maybe something as simple as glue ear - which GPs don’t always pick up). I don’t think they redo hearing tests that young but you could look into it.

The food thing does sound concerning to me (very much not a doctor). If he hates the high chair then find another place to try it again, but it does sound like you’ve tried everything. Can you get a 3rd GP opinion (I had several GPs and nurses dismiss DD breathing issues before she ended up in hospital, 5 times and seeing a lung specialist). Or talk to your local maternal and child health nurse? They might be able to link you to the specific help he needs if it isn’t a doctor (not sure what??)

Edited by Lallalla, 11 August 2018 - 11:15 PM.

#3 DaLittleEd

Posted 11 August 2018 - 11:17 PM

My DD didn't really take to solids until closer to 1, and even now is a "particular" eater.

Just get as much milk into him as possible, he might not be ready for solids yet. Also a trip to a paediatric dentist might be useful to check for tongue ties etc?

#4 Amica

Posted 12 August 2018 - 07:17 AM

It all sounds normal to me but of course if you are concerned, ask for a medical opinion. All my kids hated purees. I insisted with the first child because that I thought is what you were supose to do but I didn't persist with the following 2 kids. One of my kids hated solids til 11 months. Didn't want a bar of it.

#5 JustBeige

Posted 12 August 2018 - 10:39 AM

Locked due to crossposting.

Please see the SNs section thread :)

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