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Is it normal for my baby to twitch in his sleep?

Is it normal for my baby to twitch in his sleep?

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 during sleep. Twitching of the face or jerking of the arms and legs during sleep is something the baby will grow out of.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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8 month old baby twitches while sleeping is that normal or should I be worried?

8 month old baby twitches while sleeping is that normal or should I be worried?

Dreams: She is likely just dreaming, causing her to twitch which is the most common cause of twitching like this. I know you're probably worried if she's having seizures or something more serious like that. There's an entity called Infantile Spasms but she doesn't quite fit the criteria for that either. If she starts truly flexing her upper body, at the next or waist, take her to her pediatriian

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My 8 week old baby laughs sort of and sometimes twitches in REM sleep, is this normal?

My 8 week old baby laughs sort of and sometimes twitches in REM sleep, is this normal?

Yes: Babies and adults often move and make noises during rem sleep. These movements and noises may be related to what we are dreaming.

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My boyfriend keeps twitching in his sleep. Is this normal?

My boyfriend keeps twitching in his sleep. Is this normal?

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 sleep specialist can then diagnose and recommend the right treatment for your friend.

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Is twitching when someone is sleeping normal or a disorder?

Is twitching when someone is sleeping normal or a disorder?

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. Repeated movements of the legs is periodic leg movements of sleep, a variation of restless legs syndrome. This can make the legs and feet twitch hundreds of times in the night; it can be easily treated by prescription medication.

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Is it normal to have twitching at night during pms, its causing me to lose sleep?

Is it normal to have twitching at night during pms, its causing me to lose sleep?

Sleep twitching: Twitching, or myoclonus, can happen to many people during sleep -- it's not necessarily a feature of pms. Usually the twitches are most intense just as you're dropping off to sleep, but they can occur at other times also. Some drugs can make it worse; if really bothersome it can be a subtle sign of certain neurological problems. If concerned, see your physician and maybe also get a sleep study.

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Child age 5 twitching in sleep sits up rocking head turning and nodding smacking lips seems restless all night like this what can cause this?

Maybe normal: Many children twitch and can even have motion during their sleep. However it would be good to video this and show it to your pediatrician to be sure it is normal. Seeing the motion is very helpful.

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I have 8 month old baby boy and I recognize this week when he sleep his fingers and toes twitching. I am so worried may be this is a problem?

I have 8 month old baby boy and I recognize this week when he sleep his fingers and toes twitching. I am so worried may be this is a problem?

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 that doesn't respond when you hold his arm or leg. That can be a sign of a seizure problem and should be checked by his doctor.

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Is it normal to have severe facial pain and facial twitching & ear pain for sinus issues? It hurts so bad I can barely sleep!

Is it normal to have severe facial pain and facial twitching & ear pain for sinus issues? It hurts so bad I can barely sleep!

ENT Evaluation And: I will suggest you consult a ENT Specialist to get your Sinus issues treated appropriately since you have severe facial pains It may be from the sinusitis or there is possibility of Trgeminal Nuralgia depending on what part of face is painful. Can only be diagnosed after taking detailed History and Physical Exam and if indicated imaging and other teasts

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Why does my baby jump and twitch in his sleep?

Why does my baby jump and twitch in his sleep?

Jump in sleep: It may be a normal infantile reflex that disappers by 6 months.