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Baby 8 Weeks Growth Spurt Decrease Appetite Sleeping More
Is it true that when babies sleep a lot sometime, is because they are going through a growth spurt?
My 13week old baby is bottle and eating more than usual, teething but still not sleeping through the night- is it s growth spurt?
Sleep consolidation: Occurs between 1-4 mos. If you have a consistent bedtime & routine: in low light, read, feed, then wipe out his mouth with a soft cloth after last feed & put him on his back in his crib in his room, drowsy, but awake, to learn to self-calm to fall asleep. Wait 5 min. Before going in if he night-wakes. Hope for 6 hrs. Sleep @ 4 mos. & 11 pm-6 am by 5 mos. & avoid trained night-crying @ 6 mos. ...Read more
My baby is feeding and soiling her diapers as expected, however, she is sleeping a lot. She will be 7w. Is this a sign of growth spurt?
You're lucky: A new baby that sleeps. Wow, I wish I had one of those. The baby is growing like weeds and all the enrgy is going into that. As the rate of growth slows, there will be less sleeping. Don't worry, but don't make other mothers jealous ...Read more
Baby is 6 1/2 wks &suddenly sleeping more often deeply not always waking every 2-3 hrs to eat. Is this concerning? I've heard it could be growth spurt
Is it normal for an almost-four-month-old baby, who by two months was sleeping 6hours at a stretch, to revert back to waking and eating every two hours round the clock? He is exclusively breastfed. Originally I chalked it up to a growth spurt but it's be
Common not normal: He has learned that he will be rewarded every time he cries, no matter what time of night. You'll have to practice "tough love" and let him cry during your rest periods. Good luck! ...Read more
My 4 month old stopped sleeping through the night 3 weeks ago. He used to sleep for 8 hrs now he's up within 4.Can a growth spurt last this long?
My 8 week old suddenly started sleeping all day long I cant keep him awake His temperature is 99. 5 should I worry or is it likely a growth spurt?
Prolonged sleep: This is not normal. Take your baby to the pediatrician for an complete evaluation. ...Read more
My 3 month who is normally happy and alert has been fussy and fighting sleep for a week....Growth spurt?
Maybe/maybe not.: It's possible that it's from a growth spurt, but these symptoms can have other causes as well, including infection. I advise having your baby seen by the doctor to be sure. ...Read more
My 8 week old seems to be sleeping more lately and is not eating as much when he nurses. Growth spurt? Wonder week?
Not a problem: By this time your baby is gaining and average of 1 1/2 to 2 pounds and growing 1 to 1 1/2 inches each month. Activity level is increasing with better -longer sleep patterns versus newborn period. You pediatrician should be able to reassure your infant's well being at the next health maintenance visit by monitoring the growth plotted on the standardized curves. ...Read more
My daughter has been sleeping a lot the past couple weeks. I figured it was just a growth spurt. But is this what it really could be?
Hypersomnia: Wondering how old your daughter is? . ...Read more
How can put my body into amother growth spurt. I was 5'6 when I was sixteen now im 18 and a half and have been sleeping with my navk sluched an am 5'2?
Explain!: If you are measuring your height slouched over, then of course you will be shorter. If you stand up normally and are still 4 inches shorter than you were, then it could be due to scoliosis, although I would expect that someone responsible would have noted this and had it evaluated if it was enough to cause this much shortening. If you are really 4 inches shorter, then you need to see a doctor soon ...Read more
My 3 yo has been very tired the last week or so even though he is getting enough sleep. Should I be worried or is it a growth spurt?
Tired 3 year old: If your son has been tired and has not had any other symptoms like a fever or diarrhea or even a runny nose I would take him directly to see his doctor on Monday. This is not an age of fatigue do to a growth spurt. I do not want to scare you but don't wait. Better to be safe than sorry when it comes to you child's health. ...Read more
My 10 year old daughter has been sleeping a lot the past couple weeks. Thought it could be a growth spurt but is this really what it could be?
Hypersomnia: Very unusual for a 10 year old with adhd on Concerta to be sleeping a lot. Please have her pediatrician take a peek. ...Read more
My one year old used to sleep through the night mostly. Recently, waking up at 3am and will not go back to sleep unless fed. Normal? Growth spurt?
If you haven't: Already done so, take him/her to his/her pediatrician to make sure that nothing physical is wrong (ear infection/teething). If you've done that already, then it would be important to not have him/her continue this habit. A one year old should be able to eat enough during the day and not need to eat in the middle of the night. So hopefully, this is just temporary, & could be a growth spurt. ...Read more
Ok, so my 8 year old daughter is going through something. I'm thinking it may be a growth spurt. She is hungry almost all the time now, sleeping alot?
Growth spurt: Please go with her to a pediatrician and review the growth curve. Subsequent evaluation and management will tel whether everything is OK or not. Let's hope that all is OK. If that is not the case careful and detailed management will almost certainly keep things under control. ...Read more
A lot: There are several phases of sleep and one of the most important levels for maximum rest and renovation is delta phase. This is the deepest level of sleep in which hgh (human growth hormone) is released and in children provides one of the most potented hormones that naturally helps the body to grow and develop. This is why infants require so much sleep. ...Read more
Please explain what is happening to a child whose appetite during a growth spurt is 2x his dads and will denying him more food hurt him in any way.
Growing: The child is growing and needs the fuel. Why deny him more food if he is using it well and growing? That is like not watering a plant that needs it. If you have concerns then discuss with a nutritionist and your doc. Many kids have huge appetites during growth spurts. Feed fresh foods and not junk- that helps a lot. Sounds normal at this time... ...Read more
That varies: New babies don't sleep through the night because they need to awaken to feed. As they get bigger, they sleep longer. Most babies can safely do an 8 hour stretch when they're several months old; some do it a little younger, some a little older. Babies are people; what happens one way in one happens a bit differently in another. ...Read more
Good sleep routine: This is possible for almost all little ones, but is more than can be described in 400 characters. Consistency, a regular sleep routine, keeping the home quiet and dark at night, and helping them learn to self-settle are essential. Talk with your pediatrician about the details, but know that it is possible - once you are ready! (the secondary gain from "comforting" your baby at night is powerful.). ...Read more
Accident/purposeful: Infants may flip occasionally from birth and fully roll with a purpose by 4 months. It has been found that side sleeping is just as risky as belly sleeping with relation to crib death. Always put them down to sleep on theit back, and re-position them if they roll to the side until at least 4 months. ...Read more
Hard to say: Babies "mode" during labor would be hard to study. Sleep states are generally documented by eeg study, which is impossible in labor. Labor itself can vary in length from a few hours to a day or more and I doubt baby would be aleart or asleep for it all. Moms note fetal movements between contractions at various stages of labor, but movement can occur in sleep. Just list this as an unknown. ...Read more
Need for growth/dvp: Infants have few needs for function. They need to be awake for feeding and it helps you bond if they acknowledge you, but their main job is to grow bigger and dramatically improve control over their marvelous body. This takes sleep and nutrition.As they enter their teen years again they grow faster and need more sleep, while adults may get by on little. Its all part of the balance in human growth. ...Read more
Generally over 94%: Oxygen saturation usually drops in normal individuals during sleep, but only for a brief period of time. In general it should remain in the mid to upper 90's. Anything less should be investigated further by the doctor for things like obstructive or central sleep apnea, or acute or chronic lung disease. ...Read more
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