Also known as Startle Disease, this extrapyramidal and movement disorder causes children to freeze when startled, sometimes even slightly. It can be confused with some forms of epilepsy.
A family reports on the progress of Jaydon, born in 2006, who has Hyperekplexia.
“She went blue and shook from head to toe”
The BBC reports that loud noises, unexpected movements or simply touching can be enough to trigger seizures in newborn babies with "startle disease", freezing their chest and throat muscles. The symptoms can be worsened by comforting or cuddling these babies. (July 21, 2011)
Last update:January 2, 2013 at 7:45:03 UTC