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Is it normal for newborn baby to be jittery?

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Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Call your doctor.: How old is the baby? Is he/she still in the hospital? Jitteriness in a newborn can be caused by low blood sugar, drug withdrawal (if a mom has been taking opiod/narcotic drugs) and sometimes infection. You should have your baby seen by his/her doctor.
Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Jitteriness is : Normal in the newborn period. If it does not cease when held , seizure need to be ruled out . Most oftentimes blood sugar levels as well as calcium and magnesium are being checked in the nursery . No further tests done if normal . Jitteriness are self limiting in the newborns. Further tests needed if persistent and with other signs and symptoms.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Maybe,maybe not : A newborn has poor control of their limbs and often their movements are somewhat random and uncoordinated. However, they can also have some jittery movements that reflect low blood sugar or other problems.Discuss with your doc.

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