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on occasion when my ds is nursing ... well, not actively nursing anymore but more almost sleeping nursing ... he starts shaking all over and uncontrollably for about 30 seconds. he doesn't seem aware of it. he is my third baby and i have never seen my other two children do this. does anyone have any thoughts?
 

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I posted a thread about this same thing a couple months ago. My DS occasionally trembles while falling asleep at the breast, as you describe. The responses I received seemed to suggest that as long as you could stop the shaking--if you held his arm or changed his position, for example you could get the limb/him to be still-- it was fine. (BTW: He's perfectly normal and happy in every other way.) It seemed to me to just be a response to the transition between light and deep sleep. . .or that's my mom intuition about what I have seen of my own child. Of course if your "mom-gut" tells you it may be more serious I'd get it checked out.<br><br>
I stopped fretting about it and it seems to have mostly gone away on its own (he's almost 8 months now). HTH
 

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Weird. I guess I'd ask my doctor about it, or at least do some google searching to see what it might be. It's probablly fine, though.
 

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My daughter does this! She's 5 months old and it only happens during nursing when she's falling asleep. It doesn't happen every day though, and it varys as to how bad, long etc. We looked it up on youtube and found a video of a baby doing the exact same thing under the topic Baby Shuddering. Quite a few babies are doing this, there is a whole commentary on it. We talked to our dr. as all of the other people did on youtube and he said it was fine as long as she didn't seem hurt, didn't stare off into space, and it only happened during nursing. Apparently seizures are unpredictable and since these "shudderings" only happen during nursing, it's fine. He did offer a EEG if we felt we needed it but said that developmentally he noticed no delays or damage. That was about the same result as all of the other parents on youtube had. All of the babies who had an EEG had normal brain patterns.<br>
We took a Iphone into the Dr. office to show him. When we called they assumed we were talking about just the normal twitchyness that all nurslings have. The Dr. seemed really surprised when he saw the video. I don't think that they see it all that often. Which explains all of the babies on Youtube who had EEGs and MRIs until they were finally pronounced fine. It is scary though. It freaks me out every time. I kind of jiggle her a bit now when she has them and she always stops and looks at me like "What?!?!" So I'm assuming that they don't bug her. Hope this helps.
 

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I'd do what the PP did and get it on video, then show it to your ped, just to be sure. It's probably nothing, but worth easing your mind.
 

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This is so funny, my daughter used to do this when she was a baby and I had completely forgotten about it until I read this thread. Just goes to show how something can seem so important at the time and so unimportant later on. She used to tremble when she was falling asleep at the breast and also if she was wakened suddenly from a deep sleep. It was just something about transitioning between sleep and waking. It gradually disappeared and, like I said, I forgot all about it.<br><br>
My second is 3 months old now and he doesn't do it at all.<br><br>
Miss Chris
 

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i have never heard of baby shuddering, but that seems to make sense as he is only doing it when pretty much in a deep sleep.<br>
i am very familiar with epilepsy and different types of seizures and know that he is not having them.<br>
it just seemed odd to me that he would shake sometimes when nursing. i would have asked my doctor but we visit on an infrequent basis, we aren't schedule to go back until ds is 1 (which is in another 5 months)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I posted a thread about this same thing a couple months ago. My DS occasionally trembles while falling asleep at the breast, as you describe. The responses I received seemed to suggest that as long as you could stop the shaking--if you held his arm or changed his position, for example you could get the limb/him to be still-- it was fine. (BTW: He's perfectly normal and happy in every other way.) It seemed to me to just be a response to the transition between light and deep sleep. . .or that's my mom intuition about what I have seen of my own child. Of course if your "mom-gut" tells you it may be more serious I'd get it checked out.<br><br>
I stopped fretting about it and it seems to have mostly gone away on its own (he's almost 8 months now). HTH</div>
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this. mine did it too. he still does on rare occasions, usually when he's *really* tired and it's late morning. he's 8.5 months old now. it started somewhere aroundd 4 months. i've stopped worrying about it. now i just use it to gauge that he's "really" falling asleep.
 
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