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Question: 3 week old infant twitch

 deputydavis - Thu Apr 03, 2008 7:39 pm

My infant son is asleep and every time I tap him on his bottom or stroke him on his back or legs, his body twitches...I have not noticed this to date. He seems to rouse from his sleep when I attempt to awaken him but goes back to sleep when left alone, and then when I stimulate him again he twitches make this clear, if I tap him 10 times in succession while he is sleeping, each time I tap him his entire body jumps or twitches

Is this irregular?
 Debbie Miller, RN - Tue Apr 08, 2008 6:14 pm

User avatar Hello,
The infant's neurological system is undergoing a tremendous learning process as nerves and brain and muscles all learn to work in harmony. Sleep twitches are very common and probably related to this function. I suspect your prompting causes a reflexive action of the nerves. He can contract his muscles but not actually control them. It does not sound alarming to me.

Enjoy your baby. (Let him sleep in peace - smile!)

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