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more about Jitteriness

  • In an infant: tremor at rest, often accompanied by irritability

  • Tremor
  • Irritability

  • A normal finding, in many newborn infants
  • Other causes, as listed:
    1. Side effect of medications
    2. Side effect of maternal street drugs
    3. Side effect of neonatal withdrawal from the effects of maternal street drugs
    4. Post-maturity (i.e., an infant born weeks past the predicted due-date (past the estimated date of confinement)
    5. Low Blood Sugar (hypoglycemia)
    6. Brain Injury, disease, or electrolyte imbalance
    7. After an episode of syncope (please see "Syncope" entry)

  • By clinical observation

  • See causes

  • The complications would be that of the underlying cause.

  • Physician evaluation is necessary.  In the case of a newborn who is already discharged from the hospital, contact your physician at the earliest possible moment.

  • Some resemblance to Seizures
  • A normal infant needs no treatment.
  • If jitteriness is prolonged, or persistent over time, it may have an underlying cause.  In that case, the underlying cause would be treated.
  • Drug-withdrawals might need treatment with sedatives or intensive care.

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