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Is it normal for babies to have ankle clonus during sleep?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
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 nervous system and not a sign of damage as it would be for an older kid or adult.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

Do babies usually have ankle clonus while sleeping?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: Ankle clonus is considered normal in infants up to a year or more asleep or awake. It is a primitive reflex that will subside when the child's nerves mature enough to support standing and walking.
Dr. Sanjay Agarwal
Pulmonology 26 years experience
While I agree with above, just make sure that it does not last a 'long' time
Dec 16, 2012

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