Concerned About Baby Lip Quivering? Here are Five Things You Need to Know
Are you concerned about the phenomenon of baby lip quivering? I have experienced this with my little one, so I know how alarming it might feel for a parent to experience it for the first time!
Below, I'll discuss the possible causes and solutions, as well as suggestions on how to address the issue.
Don't be alarmed - most of the time, lip quivering in babies is completely normal! Here are some of the things that you need to know.
My Personal Experience
My daughter (who is now two) started with the baby lip quivering when she was about three months old. I'd noticed that her bottom lip starts to shake or quiver as if she was freezing. Imagine my horror when I saw this!
Aside from the lower lip trembling, my baby was also having occasional jitters and trembling arms and legs on the first month
As a new mother, this was something alarming to me, because I'd never seen my little one do it before. Was she freezing? Was she having a seizure? Do I need to visit the doctor right away? There were so many questions going on in my head!
The Possible Reasons
1. A developing nervous system
More often than not, shaking of body parts (including lower lip or chin) are results of your baby's immature nervous system.
My baby didn't just have trembling lips. Her arms and legs noticeable quivered, too - this would happen throughout the day. Every time that I put my hand on the quivering lip or leg, however, she would stop.
I later learned that a newborn's nervous system is still developing in the first months of life. Because we're not born with a fully developed nervous system, there's a need to adjust to life outside of the womb for a month or two.
2. Birth defects
Another possible reason for baby lip quivering and other jittery movements are complications from birth. These movements could be due to low blood sugar or low blood calcium, as well as a lack of oxygen when the baby was born.
When Does Baby Lip Quivering Stop?
My daughter's trembles stopped when she was about three months old. I'm no doctor, but as a parent who has witnessed baby lip quivering symptoms, I have one piece of advice: do not worry! These will most likely stop on your little one's fourth to the fifth month.
If four to five months have passed and your baby's lips continue to tremble, it's time to consult a doctor.
What You Can Do?
1. Hold your baby close
Holding your baby close to you is one of the most simple and effective ways to stop their lips from trembling! When they're near you, they will feel warm and relaxed. Having a skin-to-skin contact could significantly lessen the quivering.
Holding your baby close to you will give comfort - not unlike us adults when we're feeling all stressed out! Sometimes, one simple hug goes a long way.
2. Ask other parents.
You can talk to friends or family who has spent time taking care of newborns. Tell them about what your baby is going through, and ask them if this happened to them in the past. Sometimes, the best advice comes from fellow mothers!
I talked to my mom and a friend who has a son (now a toddler), and they both said that it is completely normal. My mom told me that I had baby lip quivering when I was about two months old!
Talking to these women gave me peace of mind, but of course, I did not want to take chances. I still consulted my daughter's pediatrician to know more. She told me the same thing (thank goodness!), but hey, it's always better to be safe than sorry!
3. Talk to your doctor.
If you are anxious, don't hesitate to contact your doctor! It's always best to get a professional's opinion--this will not only address the issue right away—it will also give you peace of mind.
I strongly suggest that you visit your doctor immediately if your family has a history of seizures. While lip quivering in babies are normal, there are also some cases that could lead to more serious medical conditions.
According to the Seattlechildrens: "Seizures are rare. During seizures, newborns are more than jittery. They have muscle jerking and blinking of the eyes. Babies can also make sucking movements of the mouth. They don't cry during seizures."
The medical website added that jitters or arm trembling is normal in newborn babies - these should stop by the time they reach one to two months of age.
Before I end this article, I'd like to reiterate and highlight the most important details in this article.
- Lip quivering is normal in babies, so don't worry if you see your little one going through this in the first one to three months.
- A simple solution is simply touching the area that's trembling, and it will most likely stop.
- If the quivering does not stop if you do skin-to-skin contact, and if the trembling continues to the fourth or fifth month, it's time to visit the doctor.
- If your family has a history of seizures and your baby lip continues to quiver, consult the doctor.
Was I able to answer your question? I hope this article was helpful to you!
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