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Seizures may describe frequent jitteriness lasting seconds or mild fits that cause the limbs to twitch. These may do little more than startle the baby, occasionally causing crying, and tend to happen more often when the child is going into or coming out of sleep. They are called myoclonic jerks and are caused by an excess of electrical activity in the brain. 

During severe seizures the body of the baby will be rigid and the limbs extend. Treatment consists of anti convulsant medication, and it can be difficult finding the correct dosage, too much and the child becomes lethargic and unresponsive, too little and there may be an increase in the number and severity of the seizures. Seizures can be accompanied by apnea, and you will be taught the best way to look after your baby during a convulsion or an attack of apnoea.

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