Vestibular dysfunction in infant???

When my daughter was little (2 months old or so) she was scared to go up and down the stairs (while being on my hands). She would cling very closely to me. She seemed to outgrow this problem now. She is 9 months old and has the following issues:


1.) elevators: she is afraid of riding it. she would cling into me when elevator stops
2.) she was terrified of landing/take offs during our trip. She would again cling into me and cry.
3.) when I put her up above my head and then let her go (of course, always while always holding her) she would get scared also.

I contacted my pedi and she thinks it is normal and she will outgrow it. I am still worried. Are there any exercises I can do? Is OT needed at this point?

Thanks.

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Jul 12, 2009
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Vestibular Dsyfunction
by: Anonymous

Hi! I have two kids with Sensory Processing Disorder. If I were you, I would have your daughter evaluated by an OT. She may outgrow these traits, or not. They can be a sign of gravitational insecurity (a type of vestibular dysfunction).

In my opinion, it is better to get the evaluation right away in the event she needs help. A child's brain has plasticity until they are 7 and therapy can "re-wire" the connections until then.

Good Luck

Jun 12, 2009
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sounds a-ok to me.
by: Anonymous

All normal from my experience with my child... he outgrew all those traits by 16 mths or so. Still at 24 mths he isn't to keen on take of and landings...

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