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Should I be worried if my baby is jittery?
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Dr. Melissa Arca
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree
In brief: Usually, No.
Most jitteriness or trembling in newborns is normal.
Newborns display this jitteriness when they are crying and is a result of their immature nervous systems. This usually goes away by 1-2 months of age. However, if your baby is jittery when not crying or the jitteriness does not stop when sucking, this could be a sign of abnormal jitteriness and should be evaluated.

In brief: Usually, No.
Most jitteriness or trembling in newborns is normal.
Newborns display this jitteriness when they are crying and is a result of their immature nervous systems. This usually goes away by 1-2 months of age. However, if your baby is jittery when not crying or the jitteriness does not stop when sucking, this could be a sign of abnormal jitteriness and should be evaluated.
Dr. Melissa Arca
Dr. Melissa Arca
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Usually, No.
If you exclude the random arm/leg movements of the normal newborn there are a few issues to address.
Medications or caffeine taken by a breast feeding mom can result in jitters, as can a low calcium problem or low blood sugar. If baby seems happy and feeds well, medical problems are less likely.

In brief: Usually, No.
If you exclude the random arm/leg movements of the normal newborn there are a few issues to address.
Medications or caffeine taken by a breast feeding mom can result in jitters, as can a low calcium problem or low blood sugar. If baby seems happy and feeds well, medical problems are less likely.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. H. William Sepp
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Probably not
Very young infants often have some "jitters" as a result of their maturing nervous system. The degree of "jitteryness" and the age of the infant might prompt a further work-up.
Most infants have overcome this symptom by the age of two months or so. If it continues beyond that age or it is associated with any changes in the child's alertness i would advise to see your pediatrician.

In brief: Probably not
Very young infants often have some "jitters" as a result of their maturing nervous system. The degree of "jitteryness" and the age of the infant might prompt a further work-up.
Most infants have overcome this symptom by the age of two months or so. If it continues beyond that age or it is associated with any changes in the child's alertness i would advise to see your pediatrician.
Dr. H. William Sepp
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