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Head tremors infants

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  • Posted By: tonazme
  • May 23, 2007
  • 08:42 PM

I have a 7 month old and we have noticed head tremors for the last 5 months. Occasionally it seems like his arms may tremor too, but weare so panicked with each occurence that it is hard to tell. They occure mainly when he is having a bottle (or nursing) and falling asleep. Once it happened while he was falling asleep but was not nursing or bottle feeding, just sucking on a pacifier. I spoke to our pediatrition and he thought it was something he would out grow. He did not feel that it was seizure related since it was only his head. He said not to worry about them and there was no need to interrupt them. They have tapered off over the last month or so because he has been eating more solids than bottles and he is not falling asleep while eating. They really freak me out and I can't help but get scared and worried about them. No one I have spoke with has experienced anything like this with their own children nor have I with my previous two. Can anyone give me some advice?

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  • Sorry to hear about your little one. How long do these episodes last - seconds or minutes? Does he take both formula and breastmilk? What type of formula? Do you notice any vision changes with the episodes? Are his eyes usually open or closed? Does he feel cold or warm when having the episodes? Has he been on any medications, including antibiotics over the past five months? Did you have a normal pregnancy and labor? sorry for so many questions, but will help to clarify.Best wishesDOM
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  • DOM, thanks for replying. Ryker was an invetro baby and his embyo was frozen for about 13 months. We did not have to use ixy for the egg to fertilize. He was a normal pregnancy and a scheduled c-section. He had high biliruben and had trouble nursing at first, but bili never exceeded 18.He lost about 1.2lbs the first week. We did suppliment with enfamil for the first 1.5months then he was strictly breast. The tremors started around the third month, but only when he was fed breast milk in a bottle. These episodes happened when he is very tired and falling asleep. He stops sucking and then his head will tremor. His eyes are closed. I removed the bottle immediately and wake him. They last for about 10 seconds. As he has aged, they are less frequent. I stopped breast feeding at six months, but started supplimenting at four months because of supply and demand problems. Now that he is taking solids more and less bottles, they are a seldom occurence. I think because I try not to bottle feed when he is so close to bedtime. As far as being warm, He is like a furnace when he takes a bottle or even rocks to sleep. He was also taking prevaced at two months of age but we only kept him on it for a little more than a month. I'm not sure, but I don't think we had head tremors until after prevaced. He has reached all of his milestones and is a very active normal 7 3/4 month old. He eats good, sleeps well and plays happily. What do you think?
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  • I would love to find out if you have heard any more about this. This exactly what is happening occasionally with my 5 1/2 month old. It started just a couple of weeks ago and it has happened in exactly the same manner as you described. It has occurred probably 6 times. We are also completely freaked out (which is why I'm online trying to find out what it may be).Alanna
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  • Alana, Thanks for replying. It is nice (in a way) that someone else is familiar with these symptoms. It sure is scarey when they occur. I have tried to avoid any bottle feedings when Ryker is realy tired and then when I do feed him I keep him stimulated so he doesn't dose off. The episodes do not occur as frequently now I am sure because he is eating more solids. I have evaluated Ryker as best I can to see if there is anything with his behavior, development, body movements that would raise red flags to something not right and I just don't see any. How about you? I have asked my sister-in-law to pose our concerns to a pediatric neurologist that she is aquainted with and I am anxiously waiting to hear. When I do, I will post it. Please keep me updated with your situation too. Our pediatrician said not to worry about them that they are probably a reflux of some kind. I have al ot of faith in my pediatrician, but this still is quite concerning because the episodes are so unnerving to me. Take care.
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  • tonazme,Since the episodes are becoming much less frequent, and your little one is showing no other unusual signs and symptoms and is making all of his milestones - I really wouldn't worry;) . Babies often have unusual twitches and ticks and they are normal and nothing to worry about...I know this is hard - my little girl had a lot of birth trauma, and she showed an abnormal eeg with seizure like activity...they had her on antiseizure meds just to be safe (she never had an actual seizure) and I was frantically worried. But after a few weeks she seemed perfectly fine, and her 3 week eeg was completely clear. She is now 2 years old and doing great! I remember when she was very young, a few months old, she would occasionally have a "shaking" sort of sensation, lasting only a few seconds. She stopped this after 5 or 6 months as I remember. If your little one has reflux symptoms - please look into trying a therapy called NAET. This will get to the bottom of what is causing the reflux, usually a food allergy. NAET will clear this allergy from his system and he will no longer have problems. Prilosec only treats symptoms and doesn't address the cause... www.naet.com for more info on this gentle, noninvasive treatment. Best wishesDOM
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  • DOM, Thanks so much for the words of encouragement. The episodes are much less frequent, maybe 1 per week, if that. I'm sure it is because I am avoiding situations that seem to bring on the episodes. Ryker is 8 months old now and appears to be doing great in all aspects. He does not have trouble with reflux and hasn't since about four months. I'm sure his troubles probably were due to an immature sphyncter. We see the pediatritian next month and will direct any abnormal occurences to him and pray that there is no more. Thanks again.
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  • I've been gone for a while and so have not had the opportunity to check back in. I'm glad that you're son's tremors have lessened. When I spoke to my son's doctor about his episodes, she said not to worry about them. She told me that it's the product of an immature nervous system. Alexander seems to have them only about once a week and always when he is dozing off at the bottle (at least that's the only time I notice them). I have taken her advice (not to worry)...he is developing very well and seems to have no other problems.I wish you and Ryker the best!Alanna
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  • Alaana, Thanks for the reply. Ryker is now nine months old and, knock on wood, we have not seen any tremors in quite a long time. It is good to know that others have seen the same symptoms. Our doctor has said not to worry either and we have had not developmental delays thus far, so I think things are going to be just fine. Take care.
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  • My son does the same thing. When he is getting a bottle and asleep he has what look like tiny tiny seizures but only in his head. His head tremors slightly and just as soon as it started it stops. They usually last about 15-45 seconds. Have you tried waking him up in the middle of one? What happened? My son opened his eyes but seemed so sleepy and lithargic following his first episode that I just let it happen.
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  • My 6 mo old daughter is having the EXACT same thing! Our ped referred us to a pediatric neurologist but we're still waiting to be seen. But Clara (baby girl) has reflux, is on Zantac, and experiences tremors when falling asleep at the breast. My mouth dropped open when I did a google search for "infant reflux tremor" and found this board. It's a little reassuring that other people have noticed the same thing and their little ones are normal but I'm still going to have her checked out. If I get any sort of concrete explaination I will certainly report back here in hopes that other parents will stumble across it as I did. ThanksLisa in MN
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    • August 22, 2007
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  • My daughter is almost 5 months old and started having head tremors a few months ago. The first two months that she had them it was very minimal - about 1 per month. Over the past month though, they have been occuring about once per week. She had one yesterday and her left arm started to tremor too (that was a first). I called the pediatrician and was seen today. He has no idea what is going on so we are seeing a ped. neurologist in 2 1/2 weeks. This happens ONLY when she is having her bottle and ONLY when she has fallen asleep while having it. She is usually alert when eating but occasionally falls asleep and this is when it happens. As soon as she starts shaking, I take the bottle out of her mouth, sit her completely upright or stand her up, and say her name. She immediately stops shaking, which is why I do not think it is seizures or anything like that. I am really happy I found these postings because it helps to know that other mothers out there are going through the same thing!!! I am very anxious to hear what the neurologist says. If anyone goes to a neurologist, please come back to this site and post what they told you. I would love to hear what they had to say!!!
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    • August 23, 2007
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  • This just happened to my 4 month old son last night. Same exact story...he was nursing and had started to dose off when the tremor started. He just started Prevacid a couple days ago so I'm wondering if might be related. My dr said not to worry but to call if it happened again. For those of you with neurologist appointments, please do post the outcomes once you've seen the dr. Thanks!
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    • August 29, 2007
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  • My son is 9 months old now and had the same thing happen to him. I have been looking everywhere to see if it has happened to other babies and it is hard to find. Our doctor too said he would outgrow it and labelled it benign sleep myclonus. My sister has epilepsy so right away I thought he was having a seizure. However, after the fright of the initial time it happened I started to notice it only involved his upper body and head. He started having this happen at around 4 months only during breastfeeding and no other time and then it tapered off around 7 months once he too started solid food. It usually happened near the end of a feed as he was beginning to relax. It would last anywhere from 2 seconds to 20 seconds. Now it rarely happens, and if it does it is when he is just about to fall asleep breastfeeding. He had a brain ultrasound, and EEG and bloodwork and they all came back normal. He is developing fine and is a happy boy!
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    • August 30, 2007
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  • We just had our neurologist appt on Friday, they did an EEG and they said everything was normal. When we got to see the dr, he did a couple other reflex tests and said that they've seen this before in reflux babies, they have these weird tremors and no one knows why. They aren't harmful, they'll grow out of them, and no to worry. I'm not one just to take people's word for things so I wanted to know why this was happening, how could something gastric because something neurological?!?! He said no one knew, not all babies with reflux experience these episodes but some do, enough for them to have been seen, checked out, and for the medical community to be aware of them but no one knows what causes them. I then asked him if anyone was doing research on the link and he said "people don't do research on normal, people do research to cure diseases..." Okaaaayyyy... So that's what we were told, they're normal for reflux babies and she'll grow out of it.I hope that helps anyone trying to find some answers, Lord knows I looked high and low.Lisa in MN
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    • September 4, 2007
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  • I tried to post just a bit ago but I'm not seeing my reply - if it shows up later, I apologize for the double post. Anyway, my reply was that we had our ped neurology appt on Friday, they did the EEG and said that everything was normal.After the EEG we met with a very old and weird pediatric neurologist, he said she was completely normal and that some babies with reflux have these inexplicable tremors and no one knows why. Not all babies with reflux have them but enough do to make it a rather normal occurance - normal enough for them to know about them, I guess. When I asked him how something gastric could cause a neurologic reaction he shrugged his shoulders and said no one knows. When I asked him if anyone was doing research to figure out the connection, he said that "people don't do research to cure normal, people do research to cure diseases." Okaaaay... So basically she has them, she'll grow out of them, they are not hurting her and no one knows why they happen in the first place. I hope that helps, I know its not very reassuring as I'm not a fan of just taking people's word for things but I guess no news is good news.
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    • September 4, 2007
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  • My 5 month old son does this occasionally as well. Only when he is having his bottle and is really sleepy. I just hug him towards my chest and he stops. I am sure it is like the twitching we sometimes get while falling asleep. If it was anything bad, I figure it wouldn't stop when I hold him close.
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    • November 1, 2007
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  • I read that it could be from stool withholding. Try googling it. My daughter began doing this at 2 weeks of age and it really frightened me. Everything you read online says it is seizures and yet you don't want to believe it. Fortunately I found this post from all of you and also the "stool witholding" article. It kind of made sense since she hadn't had a bowel movement in over a day when it began.
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    • November 12, 2007
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    • December 23, 2007
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  • Hooray once again for the internet and thank you all for these postings. I actually started out today looking up info for cerebral palsy (exteremly common in 2nd-born twins). But then my wise 12 y/o told me to start with the symptom not my worst fear diagnosis - and guess which page popped up at the top of the list? My 6-mth-old boy (who has a twin sister, an older sister and 2 older brothers) has been experiencing head-shaking tremors since he was about 7 weeks old. Usually every couple of weeks. Always whilst going to sleep on a bottle (I was worried that maybe I wasn't noticing tremors at other times as I'm so busy with my 4 youngest children under 3...). He was full-term, and is of average size and developing normally otherwise. The tremors usually last 6-20 seconds, don't involve any other part of the body, and are quite strong (extremely visible to someone watching me feed), but don't seem to bother him. Today he had 3 episodes in one feed (a first ... which led me here to you). Anyway, since all 5 of my children have had moderate to severe reflux, I have become quite blase about reflux and the medications, and it didn't occur to me to link the two, since none of my other children have had tremors. Now I'm wondering whether it was a mistake to stop his reflux medication as early as I did with this particular child. (Unlike his twin, he didn't seem to be "suffering" from heartburn, and unlike his biggest brother his weight gain has been quite adequate in spite of the shocking amount he vomits daily). I still plan to take him to a paediatrician who specialises in neurological disorders - just in case - but in the meantime I might try puting him back on Zantac to see if it helps.
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    • December 23, 2007
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  • Wow I am just astounded at the amount of babies who have been diagnosed as having relux and are on meds! That's really scares me! If your baby is having problems with reflux, these meds don't address the CAUSE, which is almost always food intolerances or formula/breast milk intolerances. Why not look into and change the foods you (if you are breastfeeding) or your babies are ingesting and see if their reflux symptoms subside? I would also suggest a chiropractor, naturopath or homeopath who specializes in pediatrics to help symptoms of baby reflux and tremor. They may be especially helpful. In the meanwhile if the symptoms of tremor are getting more frequent or more intense, by all means get them tested with an EEG or other neurological test. BTW tremor is a possible side effect of prevacid. Best wishesDOM
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    • December 24, 2007
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