Child Behavior Community
2 year old tensing when excited
About This Community:

This patient support community is for discussions relating to child behavior, discipline (behavior management), parent-child communications, and social development.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

2 year old tensing when excited

Hi,
I have noticed that my 2 year old son when he is excited he tenses up and flexes his arms out. Sometimes he curls his fists in. I'm just wondering if this is normal behavior. It only lasts for about 2-3 seconds and then he continues on with whatever activity he was doing. It typically happens when he is really excited about something, examples: playing with the water hose, watching the bath fill up with water, and other random things that seem to make him real excited. So far as his mental, physical, and social deveopment seems very normal. This is our first child and we are just concerned. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Related Discussions
8 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
171768_tn?1324233699
i answered you the last time you posted the same exact question. i also answered another similar question today. i will copy what i wrote there:

"it sounds like you are describing stimming. i worked with a 4 yr old boy this past year who stimmed when excited or when trying to focus. we saw a couple variations. sometimes he would clench his fists and bounce gently. this was pretty subtle. we also saw another emerge during the year. when excited by something he would lean in, hunch his shoulders, his fingers would become rigid and his hands would shake back and forth.

anyways, sounds like your son's behavior is more similar to the first kind we saw. i noticed the child easily got overstimulated. he had learned ways to cope on his own. for example, we noticed that if he was not stimming, he was holding his abdomen tightly. or he need to ground himself on something (sitting on a teacher's lap, leaning on someone).

stimming does occur in some typically developing children who have no other quirks or problems. it can also be a warning sign for many different things. i would mention it to your pediatrician, but don't panic. toddlers are bombarded by so many stimulating things in a day, it's no wonder that there are physical manifestations."
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
I was wondering if your child still does this. My child has been doing this since 9 months and is 4 now.. She has no other irregular signs of anything. What have you found. I have tried to research this but can't find much info on it.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
my daughter has been doing this since she was 2 yrs old.  It sounds exactly like what she does when she is playing with her dolls (very focused) , coloring , or very excited.  Everyone told me it was just her being a toddler, and that she would "grow out of it",  but now she just turned  4 and I am very concerned that because she is still doing it  all the time. I was worried it  could be more neuro. related.  She did have viral meningitis when she was 3 months old...  otherwise, she is a totally "normal " in every other way.  I did take her in to the peds doc. and they have ordered an EEG and a MRI . I will keep you posted.
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
just curious how did the tests turn out? my daughter is 6 & 1/2 years old and has been doing this for as long as I can remember. she also has issues with not wanting to wear clothes that are tight or if she can feel them, I don't if that is related or not.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
My son is 6 and will be 7 in January and he still does this... his mouth will fly open and he tenses up his arms usually behind him with his hands flexed in and rigid. He shakes like that for a second or two and then stops. I don't even think he is aware that he does it. He does it when we ride in the car too. I have asked him what he was doing (when in the car) and he said he was pretending he was a super hero and fighting bad guys. So even when he is pretending he will do this "stimming" behavior. He is very bright for his age and is very social. He does this behavior a lot and it seems to be a reflex of sorts. He does not seem to be in control of it or aware of it. The only other issue that we have with him is that he seems to overreact to things. For example if he asks for a snack and I say you can't have one right now, but you can have one after dinner He will have a melt down...screaming and throwing a fit. He eventually calms down but it usually is so escalated that we ground him. My oldest daughter has very high functioning aspergers but she does not stim like this at all. Should I be concerned that my son has aspergers too?
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
Can people who commented a few years back provide an update as to if their kids still do this?  My daughter (2.5) has been doing this also since she was about a year old.  When she gets excited she will tense up, her arms curl up, and her mouth opens.  Usually she makes a noise when she does it too, lasts a second, and then keeps doing what she is doing.  It only happens when she is excited about something.  But it could happen pretty frequently when excited (i.e. will be excited about putting her doll in a car and driving it around, so every few seconds, she will tense up, then stop, then a few seconds later, tense up, then stop.  It really worries me, but i can't seem to find anything about it other than this forum.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Any updates from anyone on this? My son is 6 and has been doing it since he was a baby, we've always called it his 'excited thing' but as he gets older I worry about kids at school noticing and eventually making fun of him. It break my heart to see him at tball out on the field doing this over and over again. Any insight would be appreciated, one doctor thought it could be a form of turrets but said I we could never be sure because it's hard to diagnose.
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
I am 23 years old and I just now discovered what this behavioral issue is called thanks to you guys! A bit of background about myself, I've been doing this since I was a toddler and to this day continue to do it. The reason why I do it is because like "MimiMomof3's" child mentioned, it helps me feel like I'm physically the person I'm pretending to be in my imagination. Also it's a way to control my over excitement. My wife knows about the behavior and ignores it as a habit, and so far in public I am able to control it, with a few occasions of excitement bursts here and there that can be somewhat embarrassing but I usually just shrug it off. The only problem that this has caused me and this is more recently is a tense pain in my hands similar to carpel tunnel (although I may have caused carpal tunnel by extensively using the trackpad to navigate on my laptop).  I want to say that the origin of my habit came from playing with toys. When I would pay with them, I'd create these crazy stories that only kids would know how to create, grabbing the toys with a force and getting overly excited for these stories then as I grew up I didn't need the toys but just the tensing and clinching of the fist.

But if it's social issues you guys are worried about, I'm fine and I'm positive this won't affect your children. May they continue to use their imagination (it helped me get a job in the visual arts creating commercials!). Hoped this helped.
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Child Behavior Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
The 3 Essentials to Ending Emotiona...
10 hrs ago by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Control Emotional Eating with this ...
Sep 04 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating Control: How to St...
Aug 28 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
Top Children's Health Answerers
134578_tn?1404951303
Blank
AnnieBrooke
OR
13167_tn?1327197724
Blank
RockRose
Austin, TX
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
Sandman2
San Pedro, CA
973741_tn?1342346373
Blank
specialmom
4851940_tn?1385441629
Blank
jemma116
United Kingdom
757137_tn?1347200053
Blank
allmymarbles
NJ