What Are Seizures in a Newborn?

Seizures in a newborn can often signal that there has been a deprivation of oxygen to the baby.  The seizures usually occur within 24 hours of delivery if the oxygen deprivation occurred during labor and delivery.

Seizures are treated with various medications primarily phenobarbital.  If a baby does develop seizures, doctors will often have an ultrasound performed   to see if there is  swelling in the baby’s brain.

Several weeks after delivery the doctors will often order an MRI to determine whether there has been damage to the baby's brain.