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Old 01-25-2007, 11:58 AM   #1
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I babysit a 4 month old little girl and she is just so rigid. She holds herself so tight and it takes a lot of coaxing to get her to bend her arms or legs. She also holds herself very stiff and upright. I am trying to wear her a lot to help her become more relaxed.

Did anyone elses little one do this? Did you find any way to help them relax? She is a very happy little girl most of the time she just can't seem to melt into you.

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the only thing i can offer that is similar is a story about a little boy who was in my class when i worked in a daycare/preschool. he was about 2 at the time, and he hated being hugged, was super stiff when held, pushed you away, etc. he was very hard to love. that kind of kid. he frustrated me so much, but i decided i was going to make myself love him. i would hug him and hold him as much as he would let me, try to engage him at every turn. eventually he 'softened', and became a more loving/lovable little guy. i think about him every now and then. he was such a cutie.

im sure wearing the little girl will do a world of good for her. good for you for doing something so wonderful for her.
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Hmm, I am not sure with a 4 month old. Does she have any developmental problems?
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My 8-month-old often goes stiff or rigid. Should I worry?

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Question: My 8-month-old often goes stiff or rigid. Should I worry?

Answer: If your child is healthy and has had no developmental problems so far, you likely have nothing to worry about. Children sometimes stiffen up when they're having a bowel movement, especially if the stool is hard. Another theory is that your child is simply stiffening because he's excited or frustrated. He may also be discovering new ways to use his muscles. Some babies stiffen up when they're doing something they'd rather not, such as getting a diaper change or being put into their snow suit. If your baby shakes or his eyes wander and get sleepy when he stiffens up, consult his pediatrician to rule out any neurological problems. But if he's responsive and interacts with you during these rigid episodes, he's probably just fine.
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