Panic! — The Bump
January 2016 Moms

Panic!

my baby is 10 weeks and when he was about 3-4 weeks he had fallen asleep while breastfeeding and all of a sudden he threw his hands above his head, clenched fists and his eyes were wide open extremely panicked looking. I instinctually picked him up and pat his back. He didn't burp and just calmed down. 

He's since done this between 5-10 times and it usually happens when he falls asleep while eating (breast and bottle). I assumed it was a panic reflex something about feeding and then suddenly being asleep, I don't know.  It reminds me of when someone is choking like on tv, but he's not choking sometimes he will be asleep for a few minutes and he doesn't burp after.

He did it yesterday and again this morning. Shortly after this morning I put him in his new swing we set up last night. We just replaced the one we had been given w something newer. He started to get fussy so as I stood over him to take him out it happened again. He was completely awake the entire time so this threw me off. Since I had to unbuckle him I couldn't pick him up immediately and he started to cry. (Before I never knew what followed the panic.) I held him for a little then gave him a bottle to calm him and it happened again!  I picked him up and he was fine. I let him hang out on my belly and he spit up a bit. (My sister did a quick search; acid reflux, needs to be burped, trachea issue?). 

Waiting to hear back from pediatrician... Anyone else have this happen?

thanks!

Re: Panic!

  • Sounds like his Moro, or startle, reflex. Babies are born with this reflex. Have you tried swaddling? We use a woombie and our lo loves it.
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  • Thanks @KimC2010 I looked it up and it seems like an exaggerated Moro reflex. Guess I'm back to swaddling! 
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