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What should I do if my newborn has a seizure?

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Dr. Ruben Nazario
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Call doctor or 911

Seizures in newborn infants are not common, and could signal a serious condition.
Signs of seizures in your newborn include lip smacking, eye or lip twitching, eye deviation, and arms and leg rigidity. If any of these happen, call your doctor or 911, since you don't know how long the seizure will last. Causes of newborn seizures include infections, low sugar, and certain genetic conditions.

In brief: Call doctor or 911

Seizures in newborn infants are not common, and could signal a serious condition.
Signs of seizures in your newborn include lip smacking, eye or lip twitching, eye deviation, and arms and leg rigidity. If any of these happen, call your doctor or 911, since you don't know how long the seizure will last. Causes of newborn seizures include infections, low sugar, and certain genetic conditions.
Dr. Ruben Nazario
Dr. Ruben Nazario
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Dr. H. William Sepp
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: See a doctor

Seizures in newborns can be a serious issue that needs medical attention.
Sometimes what seems like a seizure may also be a normal muscle contraction associated with your baby's developing nervous system. If you are considering the movements to be a seizure you should see your pediatrician as soon as possible.

In brief: See a doctor

Seizures in newborns can be a serious issue that needs medical attention.
Sometimes what seems like a seizure may also be a normal muscle contraction associated with your baby's developing nervous system. If you are considering the movements to be a seizure you should see your pediatrician as soon as possible.
Dr. H. William Sepp
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology

In brief: Stay calm

Place your child flat on the crib mattress.
Turn the babe to the side. Do not restrict movements because they are involuntary and restricting could hurt the child. If the baby's mouth is open, swipe the mouth to remove any contents. and clear the throat. After you have done these things, Pull up the crib side and call 911. Then get back to the babe to clear any vomit.

In brief: Stay calm

Place your child flat on the crib mattress.
Turn the babe to the side. Do not restrict movements because they are involuntary and restricting could hurt the child. If the baby's mouth is open, swipe the mouth to remove any contents. and clear the throat. After you have done these things, Pull up the crib side and call 911. Then get back to the babe to clear any vomit.
Dr. William Singer
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Dr. Diane Stein
Agreed other than swiping the mouth which is no longer recommended. Also see www.epilepsy.com for more information
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