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how many hours should my newborn be sleeping?

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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
18-20 hours: Most newborns are only awake for feedings, diaper changes and, on average, a few hours of crying time per day. Remember that this is an average. Some babies, just like some adults, need less sleep. If your baby is happy, healthy and growing properly, she is probably getting enough sleep. Also, most newborns are more awake at night, so try to nap when she is napping.
Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics 13 years experience
16-22 hours: Newborns sleep a lot, but not for long stretches at a time. Newborns need to eat every 3 hours or so (and sometimes more frequently) so between eating, changing their diapers and putting them down it doesn't allow for a long continuous stretch of sleep. By 3 months most babies can go 6 hours (at night) and some may even sleep through the night by 4 months!

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How can I avoid making my toddler feel bad while I am breastfeeding my newborn?

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Dr. Michael Pappas
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Make him take part: By including your toddler during breastfeeding, he/she can become part of the team. Your toddler can hold your baby's hand, hand you the burp towel and even help pat your little one during the burping process. Praise and positive words will bring a smile as well.
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Is it normal for my newborn to be losing hair?

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Dr. Nanette Nuessle
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Yes: Newborns lose their baby hair at about 3-4 months of age. It is replaced by thicker, coarser hair. Some infants will develop "bald spots, " where the hair growth is very thin until the new hair regrows. These spots are now more common on the back of the head in many infants due to lying them on their back to sleep, and putting them in reclining safety seats.
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How much sleep should my newborn get each day?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
12-15 hours per day: On average, an infant will sleep roughly 12-15 hours per day. For most babies, that will be a combination of 10-12 hours at night and 2-4 hours of napping throughout the day.
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A 30-year-old male asked:

No seizure 14years on only 3.1 Dilantin level seen 3 neuros they will not give me EEG is it safe to say I wont have another first was in sleep?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Do not need EEG: Eeg does not diagnose or predict epilepsy. Slowly reduce the med, practice good health habits, and see how you do. Three months of no medication and no seizures can be considered a "cure".
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Is propofol safe for a patient with sleep apnea?

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Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis
Dentistry 37 years experience
Yes, no problem: In fact i had surgery just last week, and Propofol was used for my anesthesia too. I have sleep apnea, and there were no issues whatsoever. Your physician and anesthesiologist do need to know about your apnea, so be sure you tell them in advance.

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