It's called Rythmic Movement Disorder (don't be alarmed by the name).
Here is a website for more reading: http://www.sleepeducation.com/Di sorder.aspx?id=18
My daughter has been doing this since she was about 3 months old (she's 7 months now). It is very common...and majority of children outgrow it over the next couple of years. It's very similar to head banging and rocking that you see some kids do.
My LO also does it while she is awake (but drowsy). Pediatrician says as long as I can get her to stop (like by calling her name) it's ok (it's not neurological). They basically do it to self soothe. If they do it while they are sleeping...just let it go. It'll stop after a few minutes. And yes...they will rub their hair off in spots from doing it. Even if they are banging their head...it's ok according to the pediatrician. Read up on it...it'll make you understand what's happening...and what you might experience in the future months.
It is common in kids that are diagnosed with autism...but if you see that your LO is developing normally...I would not be alarmed. I freaked out at first...but now feel much better about it.
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1/11/08 11:57 A
Same here. Except my son moves his whole body and arches his back. It's kinda of funny to watch. As long as the movements look controlled and not erratic, he is fine.
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1/11/08 9:53 A
My son did the same thing. He now tosses and turns. I think it is self soothing as well.
could be a soothing thing. my dd did this for a while little booger rubbed all the hair off the back of her head but after a while she stopped but she not sleeps on her belly
1/10/08 10:14 P
My LO is almost 3 months old. When he sleeps at night, he keeps turning his head from side to side. He had done this before as well, but now he is continuously doing it for hour or more. His eyes are still shut and he is not crying, just turns his head.
Has anyone dealt with this or know why babies would do this?
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