The Jittery Baby and Seizures

  • Lu-Ann PapileEmail author


Seizure-like activity is common in the neonatal period. However, epilepsy (a group of neurological disorders characterized by epileptic seizures) makes up only a small fraction of these events. It is important for providers of newborn care to be aware of and recognize nonepileptic activity that resembles seizures in order to avoid unnecessary diagnostic tests and treatment. This chapter reviews the presentation and treatment, when indicated, of neonatal seizure-like events including secondary apnea, jitteriness, neonatal encephalopathy, benign neonatal sleep myoclonus, and neonatal abstinence syndrome.


Seizures Apnea Jitteriness Encephalopathy Myoclonus 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Neonatology, Department of PediatricsUniversity of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, University of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA

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