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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


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My 13week old baby is bottle and eating more than usual, teething but still not sleeping through the night- is it s 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

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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?

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

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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

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

Sleeping: Yay, momma is getting some rest. This is normal for baby to start sleeping longer and not needing to eat through the night. Now is the time to start training baby to sleep longer at night and to take shorter naps in the daytime. ...Read more

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My 3 month who is normally happy and alert has been fussy and fighting sleep for a week....Growth spurt?

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

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My 8 week old seems to be sleeping more lately and is not eating as much when he nurses. Growth spurt? Wonder week?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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

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Was wondering how much sleep should an 8 month old infant get?

Was wondering how much sleep should an 8 month old infant get?

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

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Is it normal for infant baby of 8 days sleeping more than 16 to 19 hours?

Is it normal for infant baby of 8 days sleeping more than 16 to 19 hours?

Yes: Certainly is normal, if the baby is acting well and eating well otherwise. Newborns, in fact, usually sleep this much. ...Read more

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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.

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

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Tell me when do babies sleep through the night?

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

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How can I get my infant to sleep through the night?

How can I get my infant to sleep through the night?

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

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When can babies sleep through the night in general?

When can babies sleep through the night in general?

After age 3 months: Newborns sleep 8-9 daytime hours & 8-9 nighttime hours awakening every 3-4 hours to eat. Babies begin sleeping through the night (6-8 hours) at age 3 months. ...Read more

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What month do a infant start rolling on side to sleep?

What month do a infant start rolling on side to sleep?

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

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Infant sleeping a lot suddenly, normal?

Possibly: If the baby is otherwise fine it could occur during a rapid growth spurt or related to dropping a nap. If there are other symptoms such as decreased appetite or fever or this situation persists call your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Do babies go into sleep mode before labor?

Do babies go into sleep mode before labor?

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

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Why do new borns and babies sleep so much?

Why do new borns and babies sleep so much?

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

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Do babies breath extra fast when they sleep?

Do babies breath extra fast when they sleep?

No: Typically a baby does not breath faster when he or she is sleeping. In fact a lot of times breathing is slower when they are sleeping. ...Read more

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Do big babies sleep better than other babies?

Do big babies sleep better than other babies?

No: To my knowledge, the size of the baby at birth does not necessarily effect length of sleep time. ...Read more

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What should a sleeping babies saturations be?

What should a sleeping babies saturations be?

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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How long should 6 month old babies sleep a day

How long should 6 month old babies sleep a day

14 hours: Babies need about 14 hours of sleep per day at 6 months, of course spread out over the night and naps during the day. ...Read more