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is it normal for babies to twitch in their sleep

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Dr. Sue Hall
Dr. Sue Hall answered
37 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: Babies will twitch while in the REM (rapid eye movement) phase of sleep. Babies may also flutter their eyes beneath their eyelids or seem to startle ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ashu Syal
Dr. Ashu Syal answered
29 years experience Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis
Not normal: Need to address this issue with your pediatrician and if possible go for neurologist referral.
A female asked:
Dr. Natalie Hodge
25 years experience Pediatrics
Baby twitches : There is a normal amount of "twitching" that occurs in babies while falling asleep and while sleeping. We call this "benign myoclonus". Please reco ... Read More
A 6-year-old male asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Rem sleep: Your baby's actions are normal.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Albert Melaragno
44 years experience Pediatrics
Periodic breathing: this type of irregular breathing is the norm for the first 2 months. Abdominal movement is also normal. if your baby is happy and feeding and sleepin ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Que Chu
Dr. Que Chu answered
45 years experience General Practice
Sleeping Infant jerk: probably not infantile spasm (IS) which tends to occur more often in waking state. But if this movement happens very frequent and ii is persistent the ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
55 years experience Pediatrics
Sleep in swings: I would not recommend any baby to sleep anywhere but the crib. Sleeping on baby's back will guarantee that the airway is kept open. Sleeping in swings ... Read More
A 9-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: By 6 months baby has gained enough crude control of arms and legs to explore them by mouthing. Fingers (by 4-5 mo) and toes&feet (by 6months) are read ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: Babies have ankle clonus as a normal finding both asleep or awake until they are about a year of age. It is a reflection of the immaturity of their ne ... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonathan Jassey
16 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: Babies are predominantly nasal breathers so if they are congested for whatever reason, residual amniotic fluid, reflux issues, dried nasal secretions ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Fleishman
30 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Hiccuping is very normal during pregnancy. It is just a fluttering of the baby's diaphragm.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Milroy Samuel
23 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: A small percentage of people do sleep walk, do sleep eat and do several other things. But is it normal to do those things or masturbate while you slee ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nanette Nuessle
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: This is called co-sleeping and is encouraged in many cultures. Before you start co-sleeping, you should be aware of 2 things. The first is that it is ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christopher Wilson
20 years experience Sleep Medicine
Sleep paralysis: Although scary sleep paralysis is relatively common occurring in 1-10% of the population depending what study you believe. It's also seen sometimes in ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
No, but...: In an ideal life, everyone would get enough sleep every night. That's the ideal "normal". We can still call it "normal" if people don'g get enough sle ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keith Ramsey
35 years experience Adolescent Medicine
Yes: Infants draw their legs in normally. It is a normal position of comfort for them.
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Soft spot: The soft spot begins to close around a year, giving the brain room to grow.
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Natalie Geary
29 years experience Pediatrics
Sleep hygiene: Sleep has a profound impact on your immune system , your mental health and you body's ability to function. There is no set time per se to sleep but mo ... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blum
47 years experience Pediatrics
Crib in parent room: The crib is okay for the newborn to sleep. Recent recommendations encourage the newborn to sleep in the parent's room for the first six months. If you ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Rosen
27 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: Many newborns will feed, on demand, every 1-2 hours, especially if breastfeeding.
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
24 years experience Emergency Medicine
Pediatrician: Touch base with your pediatrician. It's common, and reasons could include teething, increased need for food, etc. But if your baby was sleeping well, ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Kelts
24 years experience Neurology
In General, No: For the most part, sleeping on your back is less than ideal for posture (it flattens the normal curvatures of the spine) and can also act to make diso ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sue Hall
Dr. Sue Hall answered
37 years experience Pediatrics
No: The american academy of pediatrics no longer recommends that babies sleep with anyone else (even if twins or triplets, etc.) in their cribs, and that ... Read More
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