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why does my baby jump and twitch in his sleep

A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Jump in sleep: It may be a normal infantile reflex that disappers by 6 months.

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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
44 years experience Neurology
Probably benign: Most people have had "sleep starts", a sudden jerk of the body, when falling asleep, or when aroused. This is a normal component of sleep. Repeated ... Read More
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Dr. Kudus Akinde
18 years experience Pediatrics
No.: You should consider giving her pain relief medicine like acetaminophen or ibuprofen in age/weight appropriate doses for comfort. That way, she can get ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Neurologist: The current symptom appears to center around the leg which is painful,weak and muscle twitching is observed. There is also some buttock discomfort. I ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
32 years experience Family Medicine
Rapid Heart Beat: Brittany, this needs to be evaluated with an EKG today. Please go to you Family Doctor or ER today. This has the possibility of being very significa ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
34 years experience Child Psychiatry
Maybe: Twirching of the extremities, as you describe is common as part of opiate withdrawal symptoms. In fact, that's the origin of the expression: kicking t ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shin Beh
Dr. Shin Beh answered
8 years experience Neurology
Hypnogogic myoclonus: Quite common and normal. I have it too. Nothing to worry about.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Albert Pizzo
59 years experience Family Medicine
Sleep and jump: There is an area of the brain called the "reticular activating center. This is sort of like a switch. When you are drifting into sleep activating th ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Jacobson
39 years experience Psychiatry
Micro-sleep: Medical school. Just kidding. You can be so tired that you have a micro-sleep. Another possibility is rem intrusion into a waking state. If it continu ... 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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