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What is the longest to let a 6.5 week old baby cry. I am struggling to get her to go down for sleep. And want her to learn to self soothe.?

What is the longest to let a 6.5 week old baby cry.  I am struggling to get her to go down for sleep.  And want her to learn to self soothe.?

10-15 minutes: I am old school. For the first 4 months, don't let her cry for more than 10-15 minutes. After 4 months they have established eating and often sleep patterns and start solids. Then it is ok to let them cry a little longer to learn to self- soothe. The first few months, responding to their needs fosters positive things like feeling safe, confident, cared for. Listen to your instincts too! ...Read more

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5 week old baby with consistently sleep only in right eye, what is the cause? Since birth

5 week old baby with consistently sleep only in right eye, what is the cause? Since birth

Lacrimal system : Your child likely has a nasolacrimal duct occlusion. Keep the eye clean and perform crigler massage frequently. Description of massage technique can be found online. Most resolve with time but surgical correction is sometimes needed. ...Read more

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My 5 week old baby starts screaming whilst asleep for no reason what can it be?

My 5 week old baby starts screaming whilst asleep for no reason what can it be?

Is this recurrent or: a one time occurrence? If it's recurrent and he/she seems fine once awake, there probably is not anything physically wrong. Otherwise, it could be acid reflux, gas or one of several other reasons. Check and make sure there's not a hair stuck around any of his/her finger/toes....and please take him/her to his doctor to be checked if this continues. ...Read more

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I have a 5 week old newborn. He used to sleep through anything, loud noises, etc. Now he wakes so easily and isn't sleeping for as long? Normal?

I have a 5 week old newborn. He used to sleep through anything, loud noises, etc. Now he wakes so easily and isn't sleeping for as long? Normal?

Sleeping: Sleeping patterns often change in babies. Consistency is good. They often go through growth spurts and become more wakeful and need to eat more often. All the best. ...Read more

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I started giving my 5 week old baby infant Gaviscon two days ago. Since then, his poos have become quite solid. Is that ok? Thank you

I started giving my 5 week old baby infant Gaviscon two days ago. Since then, his poos have become quite solid. Is that ok? Thank you

Bowel Movements: Generally speaking, as long as your baby is reasonably comfortable while having a bowel movement, we don't have to worry to much about the form. ...Read more

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When will my 5 week old baby know who I am & start to have preferences of who he likes?

When will my 5 week old baby know who I am & start to have preferences of who he likes?

Your infant has: Already developed a preference for smelling your nipple pads, if you're nursing, & "knows" your voice. Procedural memory (remembering what it means when you settle in to nurse or when he sees a bottle) begins at 5 mos., leading to stranger anxiety @ 6 mos., when he recognizes strangers vs. Non-strangers. Customize the aap's healthy child app, also on aap.Org, for anticipatory guidance. ...Read more

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Can u give a 5 week old baby cereal mixed in with formula night?

Can u give a 5 week old baby cereal mixed in with formula night?

Why ?: Thickened formula is occasionally used as a treatment of reflux. It does not help a baby sleep longer.In fact, any feeding just prior to sleep trains a kid to need feeding to settle to sleep any time they awaken at night and increases the risk of a long term sleep disturbance by 400%. ...Read more

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My 5 week old baby is congested. What can I to help him breath better?

Saline drops: Saline drops are available over the counter. Put drops in one nostril, (3-10, until you hear him swallow), wait 30-60 sec, insert bulb syringe into nostril as far as it will go, and suction. Babies don't know how to blow their noses, but this will relieve the congestion. It's especially helpful before feeding or sleep and can be repeated as needed. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if it's harmful to give my 5 week old baby herbal teas?

Can you tell me if it's harmful to give my 5 week old baby herbal teas?

Please, Don't: There is nothing in herbal tea that your baby needs. Absolutely nothing. Your baby needs nothing but breast milk or formula for the first 6 months. The herbal tea industry is not well regulated and they are often contaminated with heavy metals, bacteria or other pathogens. And there is absolutely no evidence that they help with anything. ...Read more

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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more