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A 30-year-old female asked:

My week and a half old infant is struggling to sleep for long periods, she seems in pain, is not breastfeeding as normal and irritable. should we be concerned?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Likely normal: New i rarely sleep more than 3-4 hrs without cycling through a wake period. Their flabby/weak belly muscles often need heir fussing/breathing muscles to push food along or poop. When they fuss the belly gets hard & people assume pain yet they feed & go back to sleep. If the kid is feeding & growing I think it is likely okay.

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