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Is it normal for my baby to twitch in his 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 28-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 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sal Aragona
40 years experience Dentistry
No: One possibility is a condition called restless leg syndrome. An overnight sleep test can determine this and/or other conditions that may be at play. A ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
44 years experience Neurology
Probably benign: Most normal people have had "sleep starts", a sudden jerk of the body, when falling asleep, or when aroused. This is worse when sleep deprived. Repe ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
No: There is a sleep disorder associated with the menstrual cycle. Talk to a sleep specialist.
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jim Trione
22 years experience Emergency Medicine
It can be: Many people experience muscle jerking as they transition from wakefulness to sleep. It is called myoclonus and is usually nothing concerning. Keep an ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. CHERYL COLDWATER
37 years experience Pediatrics
Not unusual: Babies have a lot of dream sleep (REM sleep) and may move in many ways during sleep. I would be concerned if he's having rhythmic movement while awake ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Felix Brizuela
31 years experience Neurology
Yes: it is only an issue if it occurs repeatedly

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