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anyone found a cause for the constant bouncing against furniture?

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sphil Wed 29-Jun-11 22:20:02

Ds2 has always had short phases of doing this - repeatedly pushes his lower body against chair arms, bed edges etc. But atm he is doing it for long periods of time - up to an hour at nght sometimes. He gets very cross if I try to divert him.

The obvious cause is self stimulation - he often gets an erection while doing it - but I remember reading somewhere that this sort of behaviour can also have a digestive cause.

Anyone elses child do this and can you pinpoint a cause other than the obvious!

silverfrog Wed 29-Jun-11 23:21:30

don;t they say that pressure on lower abdomen + trying to relieve digestive discomfort?

dd1 leans over the arm of the sofa/armchair, or lies on the stairs, tummy down sometimes.

I was at a conference at the end of last year (the GM one) and there was a lady there who had been chair of Treating Autism, and she did a presentaiotn on biomedical stuff - pressure on abdomen was def mentioned then.

sphil Thu 30-Jun-11 21:45:12

Yes I think that's what I read. I'd like to know where the digestive discomfort is coming from though - nothing has changed in his diet for a while - though I did trial a new probiotic four weeks ago which contained miniscule amounts of casein. Took him off it after a week as he became very hyper at bedtime (though he was on excellent form otherwise). I'm wondering if it's set up a gut problem (he's been dairy free since he was 4 months old). But thought casein cleared the system quite quickly?

Of course the hyperactivity at bedtime could have been nothing to do with the Lactobacillus, which is why it's continuing now.....aaaarghhh! Do you ever wish you had a crystal ball? Or an X ray machine?

silverfrog Fri 01-Jul-11 08:55:40

I htink casein clears quicker than guten, but it might have knocked the fine tuning out of kilter? which would then feel "different" to your ds? (wild stab in the dark guessing going on!)

dd1's bowels are good at the moment, but she still sometimes finds it difficult (hmm, too strong, maybe "doesn't find it easy" is better) to poo. and there is a certain amount of lying around/bouncing off the arm of the sofa that goes on. might also be to do with stimulating in order to be able ot feel what is going on? ie in unstimulated state cannot work out whether she needs a poo or not (have you ever not felt hungry/thirsty at all until you stop to eat/drink and then realised that you are in fact starving/parched? - that kind of thing; not realising until something "prompts" the feeling)

oh, what I wouldn't give for a crystal ball/X ray machine! (about to start the school fight all over again..... sigh)

sphil Fri 01-Jul-11 20:22:42

I thought DD was at ABA school?

silverfrog Sat 02-Jul-11 10:04:08

yes - will FB you smile

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