My 13 month old daughter shakes uncontrollably after waking up. It’s not an all the time thing.
It started happening when she was about 7 months old, my husband and I noticed it. Then for a while she was doing it throughout the day. My friend and I were having lunch and she stopped what she was doing and looked at my daughter weird and said “what is she doing?” I said that I didn’t know?
It usually happens after she wakes up from either a nap or when she gets up in the morning. My friend made a comment that her son used to do that same kind of shake. She said that she was told it was from them being so sleepy and maybe going potty in their diapers and it kind of shocks them. My baby just woke up from her nap about 20 minutes ago and it happened again. The periods are getting longer and she just shakes… kind of like an adult shakes when we get cold.
I just would like to know if it’s something I should inform the doctor next time she goes, or if its just her way of waking up? This is my first child so I’m still learning a lot. Any info I can get I’d greatly appreciate!
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Reasons Why Baby May Be Shaking And What To Do
I understand that you are worried and of course anything that seems odd with a baby’s behavior is good to discuss at the health check ups.
But in additions to seizures, which may be what you think your baby has when shaking, there are many other reasons why a baby may be shaking too.
When newborn, babies do all kinds of odd movements, including shaking, because they have no control of their limbs and their nervous system is immature.
Growing older, there is also something called infantlie spasms, which often occur when the baby is about to fall asleep or wake up – maybe this is what is happening to your baby.
Babies can also get excited and shake or tremble when trying really hard to reach something or grab something for example.
If a shaking is from a seizure, it is likely to have some characterisics:
- It occurs at random – not for example only while feeding.
- It can’t be stopped. If you can stop your baby’s hand from shaking, for example, it is not likely to be caused by a seizure.
- Bilateral, rythmic or symmetric shakes are more likely to be related to seizures
- The baby is not well in other ways.
- Baby is showing other signs of seizures, such as eye rolling, for example.
In any case, if I were you, I’d try to catch the shaking on film and pay a visit to a pediatrician. Also take notes on when the shaking happens, if you can stop it by talking to her for example, if she seems disturbed by it, how often it occurs etc. If a pediatrician thinks the shaking needs further examination, she can get an EEG and also have her meet a neurologist.
Does your daughter seem healthy otherwise? Does she gain weight and meet her mile stones? If she does, the risk is probably quite low that something is wrong. But I don’t think one can ever be too careful with a baby.
I wish you good luck! Please post back and tell us how things go.
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