7 months old boy | 2 years ago
Can a newborn have an episode of seizure?
2 years ago
Seizures in newborns (babies in the first month of life) are different from seizures that occur in older children and adults. The seizures often are fragmentary because the infant's brain is still developing and is unable to make the coordinated responses seen in a typical generalized tonic-clonic seizure. The baby may have jerking or stiffening of a leg or an arm that can alternate from side to side. Or the whole upper body may suddenly jerk forward, or both legs may jerk up toward the belly with the knees bent. The baby's facial expression, breathing, and heart rate may change. Impairment of responsiveness (which is critical in defining many types of seizures) is difficult to assess in newborns. Parents may suspect that responsiveness is impaired when their voices are unable to attract the newborn's attention.