Emmett’s 6-month Check-Up. Is He Too Hyper?

Emmett had his 6-month appointment this week. I told the doctor about how hyper/active he is. It’s even hard to change him or put on pants. She observed for a few minutes as he kicked and laughed and did his high pitch cooing. God he is cute. I’ve said it before, thank the universe that at least he is happy with all his hyperactivity or I’d be committed.

I also explained how nights have become horrendous, or I should say, horrendously funny. He wakes up, starts to kick around, typically seems to have a gas bubble (I wrote about his 31 farts in a row), then starts to laugh and laugh and laugh. But without holding him or swaddling him, he won’t calm down on his own.

She was somewhat concerned with his extreme level of activity. Not only from a sleeping standpoint, but also weight. He is dipping back down again, off the curve. She isn’t overly worried, but suggested I take him to an occupational therapist to see if there are some things we can do to calm him. She used the word “sensory” which of course scared me. When I hear “sensory” I think “spectrum” and “autism”. But she reassured me that I need not worry. He is so alert, makes eye contact, loves to be held and hugged that perhaps we just need to work on ways to calm him more.

I spoke to the OT and they can’t get us in until end of August. But she did recommend the swaddle and baby massage. My pediatrician said the swaddle is okay too, as long as he can’t get out of it. Her main concern was if it was a loose one, he could wriggle out and get the blanket over his face. I told her about the Halo Sleepsack Swaddle I have that is zippered, as well as the miracle blanket. As long as he’s in a swaddle that he can’t get out of and that won’t tangle him up, then he will put his head to the side.

So we’ll see. In the meantime, here are his 6-month stats:

Weight: 15 lbs, 13 oz (18%)

Height: 26 inches (40%)

Head Circumference: 17.5 inches (70%)

(By the way: isn’t the kimono hilarious? It’s from our good friend Delia who buys all our stuff at Lucky Wang.)


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  1. by Cassia

    On August 1, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Do you drink anything with caffeine? I can’t drink a lot of it, “cuz when I do, I have a hard time sleeping. I’m very jittery and restless. Just wondering if there’s anything in your diet that might cause the hyperactivity.It’s something to look at. Good luck. :) …and my neighbor told me to drink chamomile tea or take Beano when I eat gassy foods. So far it seems to help my little guy. He hasn’t had many gassy days.

  2. by Shire

    On August 1, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    My son was the same way. He is 6 now and has been diagnosed with ADHD since he was 5. Some days are a struggle but there are more good than bad. On a good note, my son has a genius level IQ and I found out that a lot of kids like him are super smart! Good luck with your active one! Remember that there are parents with kids that are physically disabled that wish they had an active kid like ours!

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  4. by Jill

    On August 3, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Have you heard of a woombie? They have all sorts of types