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5w baby moves side by side pedaling motion moves arms rubs face twists making whimpy sounds eyes closed/open rem. doesn't stop w hand/held. seizure?

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Dr. Neigatha Graney
36 years experience Pediatrics
Seizure is Possible: 5 week old, "seizure?" Infants this age exhibit reflex movements of arms/legs when startled, rooting movements (sucking, arching toward breast) which can resemble seizures. Neonatal seizures do occur & have very serious consequences. Detection at this age can be challenging. Do video record these episodes for your doctor & bring your baby in ASAP to determine correct diagnosis and treatment.
Answered on Aug 16, 2014
Dr. Tanya Russo
24 years experience Pediatrics
Concerning: Abnormal movements that do not stop when the arm or leg is held is concerning for a seizure, particularly if you are unable to wake him/her up during the episodes.
Answered on Aug 16, 2014

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