Newborn shows jitteriness immediately after delivery

June 5, 2020
Lindsey Carr
Lindsey Carr

Associate Editor for Contemporary OB/GYN

The most common electrolyte abnormality seen in infants with jitteriness is hypoglycemia.

Jitteriness is a common condition in newborns that typically presents after the first few hours after birth. A new study, however, found that jitteriness immediately following birth may be a result of the mother’s prescribed drug use.

There are many variables that impact how, why and when an infant will experience neonatal abstinence symptoms. The timing and frequency of the mother’s recent drug intake, maternal and placental metabolism and more must be factored in. Infant withdrawal symptoms vary depending on gender, gestational age and genetic factors.

For more information and a detailed analysis of this study, read the full article.