My little girl has always flipped her finger when she gets excited, but here lately my husband and I have noticed that when she reads(she can't read she makes up a story while looking at a book) plays with her dolls or colors, she has started to cross her eyes and flipping her fingers. She has always done her hands like this when she gets excited. We are not sure where we need to start to get this evaluated. The also has a short, hot temper. She will throw a fit at home, but not out in public.
It would be best to have your daughter's pediatrician examine her and be able to observe the behaviors as they are occurring. The behaviors might represent some problem with the ocular muscles or with the functioning of the central nervous system. They invite evalaution. Re: her temper dyscontrol at home, since it occurs only in the home it likely does not represent anything of a serious sort. Rather, it is likely a normal-spectrum child behavior problem that requires a systematic behavior management plan. I am inferring from your note that your daughter is pre-school age. Is that correct?
Yes she just turned 5 at the end of September. The temper we are handling or trying too. We just had her tested for lead poisoning, and thankfully the results were negative! But the Pedi., has said that we need consult a neurologist. Should we try an eye Dr. first?
A friend forwarded us your question because we are experiencing the same things and then some with our 3 1/2 year old son. His intelligence and social skills are great, so people keep reassuring us he's fine but our instincts strongly tell us otherwise. We've recently noticed a dramatic increase in his arm flapping, hand movements, eye crossing, squinting and unusual facial expressions unless he's kept very busy. We notice it most any time he's relaxed, bored or waiting his turn for something. It's prevalent at mealtimes as well. We've had his lead level tested again recently and it was very low and we took him to a pediatric opthamologist last week where he tested well. Our next step is to contact a pediatric neurologist first thing Monday morning but it may be a while before we get an appointment. Have you been to a neurologist yet? If so, would you mind sharing any insight with us? Thank you so much.
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