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2weeks old baby with sticky saliva.can't sleep comfortably lying down that's why i put her in my chest.what can i do?thanks

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Dr. Clarene Cress
Specializes in Pediatrics
What do you mean by: sticky saliva? If your baby is getting adequate intake, the saliva should not be sticky and causing problems. Perhaps you are describing a yeast infection which makes the tongue and inside of the cheek coated with white material. This needs Rx. Many newborns sleep better with head elevated, and you can put a wedge under the mattress to raise that, or let her sleep in a bouncer/rocker.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Sleep comfortably ?: Babies learn to sleep however you train them. They need to be flat on their back, alone on a firm mattress with no bedding or soft items that could suffocate them. Continue this and you may rool over on baby & suffocate her. It happens far to often in the US.If you train baby to need direct contact, be ready for a few miserable years to come.Stop now & baby will figure it out in a few days.
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Back to sleep: It is imperative that your infant be put to sleep on her back. Putting baby on her stomach to sleep puts her at risk for SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Also her sleeping surface should be firm without pillows or bumper in her crib. Also do not co-sleep with your baby as this also is a SIDS risk. If she is having difficulty breathing you should bring her to her doctor to be checked.

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