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is it bad that i am a teenager and i can't sleep alone?

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Dr. Shalabh Bansal
Pediatrics 13 years experience
Sleep: Sleep is a very complex and much needed part of human health and behavior. The inability to fall asleep without assistance is usually related to stressors in one's life. You should speak to your physician or sleep specialist.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Not by itself: There are some cultures that practice communal sleeping and within that culture this is fine. Within the predominant cultures in the US, this is usually a sign or insecurity and can lead to some comfort seeking behavior that will result in negative effects on the individual. You need to seek an understanding of why you have this need through counselling.

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If my newborn wont sleep on her back, will she get sids?

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Maybe! : We know that back sleeping is a significant risk reducer in sids deaths in babies. It is the single most important thing you can do to prevent death from sids. If your baby is less six months old, keep putting him down on his back to sleep. Also breastfeeding, not smoking, keeping the room a bit cool (think 68 not 74), not wearing a hat, are other factors found to reduce risk.
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How many hours a day should my baby be sleeping?

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Depends on his age: Babies need less sleep as they age. The following is the average amount of sleep babies need at different ages; each individual baby is slightly different. Newborns: 16-18 hr/day (half during the day, half at night) 3 months: 15 hr/ day 9 months: 14 hr/day (but now it's 10 hr at night, 4 during the day) 2 years old: 13 hr/day (most at night with a 2 hour nap) 4 year old 11 hr (no nap).
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A 30-year-old male asked:

If I had a seizure 14 years ago in my sleep with my eyes just rolling no convulsions what kind would that be all my records were lost?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Back off: Jeff - please find yourself a good doctor to talk to face to face. Do not keep sending the same questions. Set your mind at ease and resolve your conflicts. That will be the only way to resolve your concerns!

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