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My baby boy is 7 weeks old and has been sleeping a lot more through the day and eating less. Just wanting to know if this is normal?

My baby boy is 7 weeks old and has been sleeping a lot more through the day and eating less. Just wanting to know if this is normal?

Checkup: He is due for his 8wk check up; so as long as he is not obviously dehydrated take him in on an appt for routine followup and get him weighed; be sure to bring your concerns up and make sure all is well. It is normal to sleep alot; but as long as your baby is getting enough food and fluids his weight should be fine and a good indicator of how well he is doing. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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My 7 months baby boy sleeping more and eating less, is it normal?

My 7 months baby boy sleeping more and eating less, is it normal?

Keep an eye: May be he is coming down with a viral infection or so. Keep an eye on him and if he doesn't improve better get him checked out. ...Read more

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2 m/o son has been sleeping more and eating less than usual. His temperature is normally between 97.1 & 97.4, but atm it's 97.4 should I be worried?

2 m/o son has been sleeping more and eating less than usual. His temperature is normally between 97.1 & 97.4, but atm it's 97.4 should I be worried?

Hard to Say: To give good advice we would need more information such as how long this has gone on (a day, a week, a month could all mean something diferent). Also, is he sleeping longer at a time or longer during the day, and just how drastic is the change in his eating? If it is alarming to you, call his pediatrician's office to see if they think you need to bring him in. ...Read more

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I am experiencing unintentional weight loss, difficulty sleeping, appetite changes, pain with urination, frequent urination, pain during sex, abno...

I am experiencing  unintentional weight loss, difficulty sleeping, appetite changes, pain with urination, frequent urination, pain during sex, abno...

See doctor: With the symptoms you described, it is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Why does my infant grunt while sleeping and now eating?

Why does my infant grunt while sleeping and now eating?

Grunting: Grunting if true, is a sign of respiratory distress in infants. By grunting, infants are applying brakes to their exhalation so that the lungs do not completely empty their air. Grunting helps to maintain a positive pressure in the lungs and hence keep the lungs inflated. It is usually seen with pneumonia, excessive fluids in the lungs and other conditions when the lungs become stiff. ...Read more

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Is there a sleep tablet for babies?

Is there a sleep tablet for babies?

No: A mothers warm milk is usually all that is needed. If you have ongoing problems, see your child's pediatrician for advise or a pediatric sleep specialist. ...Read more

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How do doctors sleep babies for surgerys?

How do doctors sleep babies for surgerys?

General anesthesia : In the vast majority of cases when an infant requires surgery the anesthesia administered is general anesthesia by inhalation. After monitors are attached to the baby a face mask is gently held close to the babies airway so he/she can breathe in nitrous oxide or other anesthesia gas such as sevoflurane (a derivative of ether). These gases have a sweet odor and they gradually fall asleep. ...Read more

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How can I change my babies sleeping routine?

How can I change my babies sleeping routine?

Work your magic.: If you can handle the crying and your baby can self soothe, at around the 4th month of life, giving them love and getting them to bed at an early consistent hour can work wonders. You can leave them to cry (heartbreaking for many) for increasing amounts of time until they get to sleep. An alternative will be to remain with them cribside, gently supporting them, until they fall asleep. ...Read more

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Average sleeping time of an 9 month old infant?

Average sleeping time of an 9 month old infant?

About 16-18hours: Bed at 6:30pm, up 1 or 2 times to eat, up at about 6:30am. Then 2 naps, 1-2 hours long. Remember, early bedtime helps babies sleep better. ...Read more

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How do you help babies stay on their back while sleeping?

How do you help babies stay on their back while sleeping?

Back to sleep: The back to sleep campaign is designed to make sure you always put your baby to sleep on their back, which significantly decreases the risk of sids. However, by the time your baby can roll over (around 4 months) the risk of crib death is much decreased. Still put your baby to sleep on their back but you don't need to lose sleep worrying if they roll over. ...Read more

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As a new mom i need to know how long do babies sleep for?

As a new mom i need to know how long do babies sleep for?

@ 16 hours: 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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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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I have a small fever, can my infant still sleep next to me in bed?

I have a small fever, can my infant still sleep next to me in bed?

Please read the : American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendations for safe sleep: http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/sleep/Pages/A-Parents-Guide-to-Safe-Sleep.aspx or HealthyChildren.org. Please put your baby to sleep on his/her back in a crib with a firm mattress, no loose bedding or stuffed animals, not in your bed. It truly reduces the chance of SIDS, which can occur up to one year. ...Read more

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Do babies get flat spots on their heads if they sleep on their backs?

Do babies get flat spots on their heads if they sleep on their backs?

Yes: Some babies develop a flattened head (positional plagiocephaly) due to spending a lot of time on their backs. The soft bones of the scalp facilitate brain growth during the first year and can be molded during this time. Make sure to rotate sleeping positions and give your baby supervised tummy time while awake. ...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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Are there any infant sleep training programs that are recommended by pediatricians?

Are there any infant sleep training programs that are recommended by pediatricians?

This is reasonable: http://www.babycenter.com/0_baby-sleep-training-the-basics_1505715.bc

There is no one best way. You have to suit your needs. By nature some babies are anxious, more needy. Our own upbringing, insecurities affect such practices. So do not be too hard on yourself..do what is most comfortable to you and which is least frustrating . Both parents should agree on the plan broadly. ...Read more

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Why some babies at age 12 months don't sleep good and wake up crying every 20 -30 minutes during the night , what problem can they have?

Why some babies at age 12 months don't sleep good and wake up crying  every 20 -30 minutes during the night , what problem can they have?

Many things: It could be a number of things. Teething, gas, environmental causes, or more serious things like intussusception. The baby should be checked to make sure his/her physical exam is normal. ...Read more

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Is it safe for babies to sleep or nap while someone is baby wearing them (in Moby, Ergo, ring sling, etc) assuming you're doing it properly?

Is it safe for babies to sleep or nap while someone is baby wearing them (in Moby, Ergo, ring sling, etc) assuming you're doing it properly?

Yes: It is safe as long as it is used properly and their airway is free and clear. In other countries, babies are "worn" by a mother 24/7! ...Read more

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My head and face gets horribly deformed permanently like infant head every time i sleep i was born perfectly fine till puberty where it started im20.?

My head and face gets horribly deformed permanently like infant head every time i sleep i was born perfectly fine till puberty where it started im20.?

Anxiety Disorder: If your face becomes like a "baby face", there is nothing to be worried about! as a matter of fact many women spend thousands of dollars in order to get "baby face". So, look into your general wellbeing and see: "how are you?" are you happy in you life? If not; why? What is between you ; happiness? Now, "acne" is a treatable condition. I am sure when you are treated properly, you will feel fine. ...Read more

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Can swaddling help babies sleep?

Can swaddling help babies sleep?

Yes: There perhaps is something about recreating that intrauterine environment which some infants find most comforting--swaddling. Neatly tucking a baby into a pea pod shaped bundle can provide security and warmth unlike anything else. So, once all snuggled in, sleep can not help but to come much more easily. Try it, you will like it...And so will baby! ...Read more

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Is polyester safe for babies to sleep on?

Is polyester safe for babies to sleep on?

Yes: Some parents prefer natural fibers like cotton, but polyester is fine. Unlike cotton, if it catches fire, it melts rather than burns. That's the main safety difference. Poly tends to be less breathable or moisture absorbent than cotton, but it also depends on the type of fabric. ...Read more

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Infant sleeping a lot suddenly, normal?

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

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Appetite Changes (Definition)

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Reduced Appetite (Definition)

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