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My 11 week old baby always wants to be in a sitting position (on our knee, in our arms). Will holding her in a sitting position damage her back/spine?

My 11 week old baby always wants to be in a sitting position (on our knee, in our arms). Will holding her in a sitting position damage her back/spine?

No: At that age, if she is already holding her head steady, and you hold her by supporting her body, her back and spine will be fine. When she is tired of that position, she'll let you know. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Will it affect my 6mth old baby development when he sleeps in d baby carrier for 1-2 hr. Upright position. Will it be too straining on the neck?

Will it affect my 6mth old baby development when he sleeps in d baby carrier for 1-2 hr. Upright position. Will it be too straining on the neck?

No; should be ok: A baby is very flexible, so sleeping 1-2 hours in a baby carrier is no problem, if he is buckled in a good position. Babies who frequently go on long commutes or vacation trips will spend many hours riding in car seats. They don't seem to get neck problems from the car rides. ...Read more

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While holding my baby she jumped up in her sleep and woke up is that normal?

While holding my baby she jumped up in her sleep and woke up is that normal?

Sounds fine: Babies can wake up suddenly or gradually or any way in between. It's not a sign of anything special. If there are symptoms (other new issues or behaviors), parents can check with the baby's primary care doctor. ...Read more

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When can my baby start sleeping in a crib?

When can my baby start sleeping in a crib?

As soon as possible: Your baby can sleep in a crib as soon as you bring him/her home. Make sure your baby doesn't sleep on his/her belly. ...Read more

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4 month old baby started rolling on stomach in sleep and is sleeping more comfortably. Will he turn head to side? Sometimes hes face down in matress.

4 month old baby started rolling on stomach in sleep and is sleeping more comfortably. Will he turn head to side? Sometimes hes face down in matress.

Two issues: First, I never worry about whether a baby shifts their position at night when they have the physical ability to role. Second, since SIDS is associated with belly sleeping, I don't put them down on their belly for the first year. Yes they can turn their head, and we belly slept babies up until 1992 when the back to sleep movement began. Since then we have seen a 40% decline in SIDS ...Read more

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Is it okay to sleep in a semi sitting position while pregnant? I'm 27w and alternate between slightly sitting up and on my left. At times wake up flat

Is it okay to sleep in a semi sitting position while pregnant? I'm 27w and alternate between slightly sitting up and on my left. At times wake up flat

Whatever works: When pregnant, whatever position works for you with or without pillows, sitting, semi-recumbent, or even "standing"(this one not recommended-smile) as long as you don't spend prolonged time on your back as it compresses the blood return to the heart by the developing fetus and uterus. ...Read more

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Is it bad for a baby's ears to breastfeed him in a lying down position?

Is it bad for a baby's ears to breastfeed him in a lying down position?

Yes and no: There is some concern for the presence of milk over the Eustachian tube exit in this position, but positioning the kid vertically for 5-10 min after such a feed can cancel this out. ...Read more

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My 3 mo old sleeps in her carseat bc she can't lie flat due to a cleft palate. When put on her back in crib, won't sleep. How does this affect sids?

My 3 mo old sleeps in her carseat bc she can't lie flat due to a cleft palate. When put on her back in crib, won't sleep. How does this affect sids?

Car seat fine: A semi- upright posture in the car seat can lead to airway problems in some frail infants or those with posterior tongue position(robin anomaly). For most, this position avoids the increased sids risk of prone sleeping and may be the best choice for some with a cleft.When the kid has improved mobility and or the kid has recovered from a cleft repair, crib based sleeping may be more realistic. ...Read more

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Can you faint by sitting up in a chair? Or when laying down in a bed?

Can you faint by sitting up in a chair? Or when laying down in a bed?

Fainting: If you risei to rapidly from one position to another it is possible the blood supply doesnt get to your brain quick enough and you can black out momentarily. It is known as idiopathic orthostatic hypotension. ...Read more

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My 2 month old baby cries until I lift him up in a uptight position?

My 2 month old baby cries until I lift him up in a uptight position?

See doctor: Two months old baby knows human /mother touch and feels better when mom lifts him up, so he may be crying for that. But there may be any other reason that he is uncomfortable like breathing problem, obstruction in airway, gastric reflux or having gas and needs burping. Get your baby checked by your doctor to sort out problem. ...Read more

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Why does my 6 month old baby drop her head down or to the side suddenly then picks it back up? It looks like when a person falls asleep sitting up

Why does my 6 month old baby drop her head down or to the side suddenly then picks it back up? It looks like when a person falls asleep sitting up

If you're not sure: If this is an involuntary movement, video an episode on your smart phone. Include your child's behavior for a few minutes after the episode.Note what she's doing prior to an event, how often it happens, & whether the movement interferes with eating, playing, etc., all useful history for her doctor, along with physical & neurological exams & developmental screening ( see firstsigns.Org). ...Read more

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16 month old baby is in pain when his umbelical hernia is touched. He can't sleep lying down.

16 month old baby is in pain when his umbelical hernia is touched. He can't sleep lying down.

See a surgeon: Most umbilical hernia in infancy resolve spontanously. Meaning the baby outgrows the condition. But if it is causing pain then you must take your baby to see a pediatric general surgeon to evaluate if the condition is a surgical case and should be repaired. And if your baby has been fine until now and all of a sudden gets fussy when the hernia is touched, more urgent to get seen. ...Read more

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My 6 months baby sleeps for 9 hours straight at night and wakes up with no wet diaper. . Is that ok? She feeds 5oz and goes back to sleep 3 more hours

My 6 months baby sleeps for 9 hours straight at night and wakes up with no wet diaper. . Is that ok? She feeds 5oz and goes back to sleep 3 more hours

Hard to say: Unless you use cloth, it is hard to say if they wet or not unless you weigh the diaper.Most available disposables are designed with material woven into the fabric that pulls away moisture.If concerned, a square of toilet tissue placed over the genitals will show evidence of a wet when checked. If the kid is otherwise thriving, this is probably ok. ...Read more

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4 month old has head lag but hold head up steady when sitting upright with support and on tummy. Doesn't use arms during tummy time. Is this normal?

4 month old has head lag but hold head up steady when sitting upright with support and on tummy. Doesn't use arms during tummy time. Is this normal?

Yes: get a copy of the Denver Developmental Screening Test and insstructions on how to use it. It has a bunch of rectangles on it. The key takeaway is that there are a wide range of ages at which perfectly normal children accomplish certain milestones. A child can even be "delayed" in one area and still be considered normal. ...Read more

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When can my child start sleeping in a toddler bed?

2 years old: Two years old is the typical age. However, if your child is trying to climb out of their crib, you should make the switch earlier to prevent any harm. ...Read more

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My 8 mo daughter stands with back forward and her butt sticking out like in a sitting position and you can't get her to stand straight up. Spine hips?

My 8 mo daughter stands with back forward and her butt sticking out like in a sitting position and you can't get her to stand straight up. Spine hips?

Probably neither-but: discuss it with her doctor at her next well child visit. If she is able to lie on her back with her feet fully extended as well as bring her feet to her face in a frog leg position, she should have normal spine and hip motion. This stance is not unusual if her back and lower extremity muscular is a little weak and she might benefit from therapy. ...Read more