Newborn Nursery at LPCH

Jittery Movements

video by Janelle Aby, MD

This infant is jittery. Jitteriness most commonly occurs in an otherwise well-appearing infant on the first day of life. The most common cause is hypoglycemia, so any baby with this kind of activity on examination should have a glucose level checked. In some cases, the glucose level will be normal and the jitteriness will be a transient, idiopathic finding. It is important to remember the other medical causes of jitteriness, however. These include hypocalcemia and drug withdrawl, among others.

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