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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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


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Sleep tips for baby?

Sleep tips for baby?

Drowsy but awake: Self soothing is a valuable skill that babies learn as newborns, when parents put them down drowsy but awake. When we hold babies until asleep, they associate parent's heartbeat, voice, rocking with sleep. Without those cues they can't fall asleep. Started as newborns, most babies learn to put themselves to sleep in 5-10", older children take longer to learn to self soothe-up to 60". ...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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How many hrs shuld 9mth old baby sleep to consider enough?

How many hrs shuld 9mth old baby sleep to consider enough?

Enough is relative: If you add up all the little doze off spells with fuller naps, the 9mo routinely gets 10-14 hrs of sleep/24hrs. Kids at this age are not qiote aware of what sleep is & often go full tilt untill they run out of steam, doze, then return to full activity. Enough sleep is marked by good growth, pleasant day activities & developmental progress.Inadequate sleep impairs the process. ...Read more

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Does warm milk help a baby sleep more?

Does warm milk help a baby sleep more?

No: Feeding a baby as they arise and never as part of a sleep ritual does more for good sleep habits than anything.Rocking only when fully awake and learning to recognize their drousy signals helps a lot. Letting them learn to self settle in the crib alone will promote the longest night time sleep pattern, while rocking or feeding as they go to sleep increased sleep problems 4x. ...Read more

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Can a baby sleep too much? My baby sleep about 4-5 times a day, not including her bed time at 9pm.

Can a baby sleep too much? My baby sleep about 4-5 times a day, not including her bed time at 9pm.

Age dependent: Sleep duration or number of naps during the day varies with the age of baby. Newborns may sleep for 14-18 hrs a day. As they get older the number of naps decrease. Just make sure that baby is being fed at regular intervals for age. ...Read more

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3 mos baby is sleeping good at nite, but fights nap time& barely sleeps how many naps=length?

3 mos baby is sleeping good at nite, but fights nap time& barely sleeps how many naps=length?

Great nights!: It's hard to recommend anything that might sacrifice your nights. Preserve that no matter what. For the naps, start a strict daytime feeding schedule of every 2 -3 hours. Force the nap-time, but don't allow the naps to be more than an hour at a time. This will allow your child to get some rest, but hopefully it will not affect your nights. ...Read more

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Our newborn baby wont sleep on his back, what are our options?

Our newborn baby wont sleep on his back, what are our options?

Several: Will baby sleep in his carseat ? Will he sleep on his side with wedges? Try those two options and if they don't work write back. ...Read more

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Does rice cereal help babies sleep through the night?

Does rice cereal help babies sleep through the night?

No: Despite what some grandmothers will say, cereal feeding has not been proven to help babies sleep better. It can lead to constipation or overfeeding, though, and possibly food allergies if given prior to 4 months. ...Read more

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Will a sugar bottle help baby sleep?

Will a sugar bottle help baby sleep?

Not a good idea: This is not good for baby's developing teeth. Pure sugar water is not healthy for baby. ...Read more

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I'm not sleeping well at night, any tips to sleep better?

I'm not sleeping well at night, any tips to sleep better?

Sleep hygiene is key: Retire & rise same time each day. Bedroom should be dark & cool - used only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Dinner should be moderate sized & finished at least 2 to 3 hours before sleep. Can try warm milk, chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath, lavender scent. ...Read more

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My 7 month baby is teething and cry while in sleep and chew objects.Wot medicine we should give him for easy teething and relieve gums?

My 7 month baby is teething and cry while in sleep and chew objects.Wot medicine we should give him for easy teething and relieve gums?

Wait; no benzocaine: There are many soothing remedies. I have to disagree with my colleagues here. Whatever you do, avoid using numbing gels like anbesol or orajel. Anything that contains Benzocaine can precipitate a rare but dangerous reaction called methemoglobinemia. http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm306062.htm. ...Read more

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Help with adjusting baby sleep schedule is all off balance!?

Help with adjusting baby sleep schedule is all off balance!?

Pattern/ consistancy: Newborns are not aware they sleep & don't until into yr2. If you wake the babe with feeding after 2hr rest during the day, then change/clean, play till tired & put dn awake.Feed to wake after 2hr rest & repeat as above. At night let babe wake you, feed/clean/put dn. (u may get 4-6hr rest this way)avoid letting baby sleep > 2hrs straight during the day or they flip day/night cycle. ...Read more

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My mother has sleep apnea and falls during the day. Her oxygenation drops at night to 60%. Why would they avoid adding oxygen to her cpap & daytime?

My mother has sleep apnea and falls during the day. Her oxygenation drops at night to 60%. Why would they avoid adding oxygen to her cpap & daytime?

Depends on reason: Does her oxygen drop to 60% when she stops breathing, or does it drop to 60% and stay there even when she is breathing normally during sleep? If the desaturation is because of sleep apnea, adding oxygen would not help as air is not going to the lungs. Opening the airway with CPAP allows normal breathing and oxygen values. If it is sustained desaturation, oxygen is usually added. ...Read more

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How can we help our child sleep while teething?

How can we help our child sleep while teething?

Teething in Babies: Teething in infants or toddlers can be painful enough to prevent sleep.Parents should check the area for pus or bleeding. If so seek a consultation with a pediatricdds or a pediatrician . If not infected, a topical over the counter oralgel type medicine is readily available to numb the gum. A chilled teething ring works.Warm slightly before using. Kids tylenol (acetaminophen) is ok. No ice which can cause choking. ...Read more

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How to make 9months baby lay to sleep by himself., while breast feeding baby sleeps. How to make baby to sleep without direct breast feeding ?

How to make 9months baby lay to sleep by himself., while breast feeding baby sleeps. How to make baby to sleep without direct breast feeding ?

Sleep habits: Can start by teaching child to go to sleep by itself; Can feed but child should be put in crib tired but awake and allowed to go to sleep by itself; May involve some crying but habit of breast feeding to sleep can be broken. ALos child does not need to be fed during the nite. DO not subsitute pacifier or bottle to put infant to sleep. ...Read more

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Sleep depravation one night led to a chain of sleepless nights. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) sleep hygiene melatonin and no stimulants won't help how can I stop the chain?

Sleep depravation one night led to a chain of sleepless nights. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) sleep hygiene melatonin and no stimulants won't help how can I stop the chain?

Insomnia: There are tons of different sleep aids available, but at this point your insomnia is also caused by the fear/anxiety of not being able to fall asleep. I've had good success with short as needed use of Lorazepam in select patients. It works like a champ for them up to a week and then they are able to sleep on their own. There's a concern of them being addictive, but short and as needed use is ok. ...Read more

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Does camilia help baby sleep?

Does camilia help baby sleep?

Camilia: Camilia is a mixture of 3 homeopathic remedies commonly called for in babies who are fussy and irritable from teething pain. There are also many others. Complex remedies can help, yet may not provide as reliable a result as an individualized homeopathic evaluation would. If your baby's sleep problem is due to teething pain, and the remedy s/he needs is 1 of the 3 in camilia, it could help. ...Read more

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