7 months old boy | 2 years ago
What behaviors are easily mistaken for seizures?
2 years ago
The Moro reflex in babies is a perfectly normal response that can be easily mistaken for a seizure. When a baby is startled, such as by momentary removal of support of its head, a loud noise, or a bright light, it suddenly will stiffen its back, its arms and legs will extend outward from the body, and its fingers will fan out. The Moro reflex is present in its full form until age 3 months, and in an incomplete form until age 5 months. Another example of normal behavior in infants that may be confused with seizures is jitters. Jitters are shivering movements or tremors and are not epileptic seizures.