Babies Often Tremble, Startle Easily And Cry Continuously?
, my child is only 1 month old, since he was born he is easily startled and shaking, he also often cries continuously, when he cries for up to 2 hours without stopping, why my baby? Is it related to the term withdrawal of drugs?
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First of all I want to confirm first, do you have a history of using certain illegal drugs during pregnancy? Withdrawal of drugs in newborns or what is called neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). NAS can occur in the first 24-48 hours after birth for up to 5-10 days. Symptoms that can appear include tremors / shaking, excessive crying, sleep disturbances, muscle tension, excessive reflexes, seizures in infants, drinking disorders, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, excessive sweating, and unstable body temperature.
If you do not have a history of drug use during pregnancy and your baby has persistent symptoms until the age of 1 month, then it is likely that these symptoms are not due to withdrawal or NAS.
Babies normally do have a startle reflex or what is also called the Moro reflex. This reflex can appear for no apparent reason, but it can also appear when the baby hears a loud sound, moves suddenly, or when the baby experiences a falling sensation. Some babies are more sensitive to certain stimuli, so they look more startled and even wake up easily during sleep. The central nervous system of an immature baby also often causes the baby to look shaky. In most cases, shock and shaking in infants (especially small babies) is normal and should not be a cause for concern. Some other abnormal causes that can cause these symptoms include disorders of the baby's central nervous system (such as when there is a cerebral palsy), or hormonal disorders such as hypo or hyperthyroidism.
If your baby experiences shock and shaking accompanied by other symptoms such as pale or blue skin or breathing problems, immediately take your baby to the hospital for further evaluation and treatment. If there are things you are worried about about your child's health or growth and development, you can ask your child's doctor directly during routine child examinations so that the doctor can directly examine your child.
Some things you can do to deal with your child who is easily startled and trembling include:
swaddling the baby while the baby is sleeping
avoid doing things suddenly around the baby, avoid loud noises when the baby is sleeping
When the baby is sleeping you can install white noise (constant sounds such as the sound of rain, the sound of rivers, etc.) to make the child sleep more calmly and not be disturbed by loud noises that occur suddenly
set the room temperature so it's not too cold or too hot for the baby
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