My daughter is just two weeks old. A couple of days after she came home i noticed that she started having jerking spells at least once a day for about 10 to 15 minutes at a time. Her arms and legs seemed like they just involuntarily jump while she is asleep. My doctor said that it could be the result of smoking marijuana during the months that I did not know I was pregnant (first four months). If this is the case how long will she continue to have these spells? I also heard that this could be caused by her nervous system not being fully developed yet. And if it were seizures or epilepsy would there be more evident symptoms? Again, they are like hard jerks that make her legs and arms move involuntarily and occur mostly while she is sleep.
Jerking is common in newborns, especially when they are sleeping. Try swaddling her in a receiving blanket, making sure her arms and legs and secure. Then watch her as she sleeps. Sometimes it is just the baby getting used to being in the wide open world and not snug in the womb. If it keeps up or gets worse, take her to the doctors. Always better safe then sorry.
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