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Dr. Natalie Hodge Dr. Hodge
Pediatrics
22 years in practice
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
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How can we teach our baby to sleep so he doesn't wake his brother?

How can we teach our baby to sleep so he doesn't wake his brother?

Self Consolation: Between four and six months of life a baby has the ability to learn the skill of self consolation, this is an important life skill for parents to help their baby learn! So you'll want to put the baby down after your evening routine and last breastfeeding/bottle when he is sleepy, yet not asleep! He will learn to suck a thumb, rub a blankie, twirl his hair, etc... And console himself.

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Dr. Stephen Gordon Dr. Gordon
Dentistry
39 years in practice
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
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I can't sleep because of my brother's snoring. What should I do?

I can't sleep because of my brother's snoring. What should I do?

Physician first: If the physician rules out sleep apnea or other medical issues, then the dentist can construct an easy to wear specialized mouth guard that helps to reduce snoring or mild sleep apnea. For people who are overweight, loss of excess weight may provide improvement.

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Dr. Olivia Liao Dr. Liao
Ophthalmology
27 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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Dr. Randy Sussmane Stubbs Dr. Sussmane Stubbs
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
31 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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My sister gets like 5 hours of sleep everyday, and she just "blacked out" and fell. What could be the reason?

My sister gets like 5 hours of sleep everyday, and she just "blacked out" and fell. What could be the reason?

Black out?: First sleeping 5 hours may be normal for her, she may be a physiological short sleeper, alternatively she may be sleeping not enough and a "blacking out episode" could represent sleep deficiency, or could be seizure or other issues, she needs to see her physician.

Dr. Dean Giannone Dr. Giannone
Internal Medicine
21 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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How to help my little sister sleep?

How to help my little sister sleep?

Sleep hygiene.: Tell your sister to go to bed at the same time every night, awaken at the same time every morning, don't nap during the day, use the bed for sleeping (not eating, TV watching, reading, etc), if you awaken during the night, stay in bed until your determined awakening time.

Dr. Melissa Gowans Dr. Gowans
Pediatrics
17 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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Is there a specific health benefit from sleeping in the afternoon. This is for my 3 year old sister.

Is there a specific health benefit from sleeping in the afternoon. This is for my 3 year old sister.

Yes.: Younger children need more sleep to support healthy growth and development. They are growing at an incredibly fast rate (compared to older children). That's why babies sleep so much and why toddlers should get daytime naps.

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Dr. Karen Hutchinson Dr. Hutchinson
Internal Medicine
years in practice
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I've urinated a little during sleep. 4 days already, Ever since my older sister started staying in my bed with me. I don't have any dreams?

I've urinated a little during sleep. 4 days already, Ever since my older sister started staying in my bed with me. I don't have any dreams?

Urinary symptoms: First, make sure you don't have a urinary tract infection by seeing your doctor. Having another person in bed with you is difficult; you may not want to get up to urinate and wake your sister so your bladder overflows and causes the leakage at night. It sounds as though there may possibly be some complicated family dynamics. Talking to a doctor about these issues may be very helpful.

Dr. Jason Hemming Dr. Hemming
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
13 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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Dr. Bennett Werner Dr. Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
40 years in practice
University of Maryland School of Medicine
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My brother having blood rushing in head 2-3 time a week. It always happen when he woke up from sleep but still lying on the bed. Bp is normal. Why?

My brother having blood rushing in head 2-3 time a week. It always happen when he woke up from sleep but still lying on the bed. Bp is normal. Why?

Unusual symptom: How does he know he has blood rushing in his head? Does he have a headache? Roaring in his ears? A red face? We need a little more detail please.

Dr. Bassam Amawi Dr. Amawi
Psychiatry
45 years in practice
University of South Florida College of Medicine
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Dr. Ravi Chand Dr. Chand
Psychiatry
22 years in practice
Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Seth G. S. Medical College
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I accidentally hit my little sister's forehead, should I let her sleep?

I accidentally hit my little sister's forehead, should I let her sleep?

TBI: It depends on how hard you hit the sister, sometimes a blunt injury can cause brain trauma, please take her to er and have her cleared by er md that's the safest way.

Dr. Ratna Dhingra Dr. Dhingra
Pediatrics
40 years in practice
Other
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My sisters left side is always numb she keeps sleeping we are very worried what could it be?

My sisters left side is always numb she keeps sleeping we are very worried what could it be?

See a doctor: She needs to see a doctor and get some tests too. This needs medical attention soon.

Dr. Larry Lutwick Dr. Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
45 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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My sister has scabies and sat on the couch I'm sleeping on. Will I get them?

My sister has scabies and sat on the couch I'm sleeping on. Will I get them?

It is possible: That transmission could occur. The incubation of scabies is about 2-3 weeks. In studies done during wwii, the risk of transmission was highest when sleeping in the same bed or sharing bed clothes.

Dr. Michael DePietro Dr. DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
31 years in practice
Hahnemann Medical College
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My sister says she has obstructive sleep apnea. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My sister says she has obstructive sleep apnea. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

Yes: There is a strong link to obesity which has a genetic component, and there is also some increased risk to have the disease if relatively have it.

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Dr. Connie Topliff Dr. Topliff
Family Medicine
24 years in practice
University of Kansas School of Medicine
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My second brother, has sleep apnea. There's a possibility that the excess weight he got can contribute?

My second brother, has sleep apnea. There's a possibility that the excess weight he got can contribute?

Yes likely: Obesity is a major contributor to sleep apnea. A sleep study if not yet done can help find what type CPAP / bipap would help most until he can lose some weight. Even losing 10% of his weight can help.

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Dr. David Dennihy Dr. Dennihy
Emergency Medicine
32 years in practice
University of Naples II Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
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My 15 year old sister only gets about 3-5 hours of sleep and she just "blacked out" and fell. Is this related?

POSSIBLY: An adolescent requires 7-10 hours of sleep a day. 3-5 hours is not nearly enough. Her fainting spell should be investigated in light of her abnormal sleeping patterns. It may be related or her fainting may be due to a number of other conditions. I advise to start with her family doctor. Good luck.

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Dr. Dean Giannone Dr. Giannone
Internal Medicine
21 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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My second brother has been diagnosed with chronic sleep apnea. How serious is this condition? And how's treated? I'm worried.

My second brother has been diagnosed with chronic sleep apnea. How serious is this condition? And how's treated? I'm worried.

Needs to be treated: Sleep apnea can be treated, and can lead to some negative health consequences if left untreated. Generally treated with CPAP or BiPAP mask worn at night and cured with weight loss if overweight.

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Dr. Andrea Brand Dr. Brand
Family Medicine
years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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My sister just collapsed a few hours ago and still in sleep. Took to hospital but all things normal. Doctors saying let her. Its being 6 hours.

My sister just collapsed a few hours ago and still in sleep. Took to hospital but all things normal. Doctors saying let her. Its being 6 hours.

Can you wake her?: Does your sister wake up and talk to you when you call her or touch her? If not, call emergency services to bring her back to the hospital.

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Dr. Laura Anissian Dr. Anissian
Internal Medicine
17 years in practice
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My sister is shaking in her sleep. Her whole body shakes (like she's cold) for 1-2 second. She does this 1-5 times a minute. Should I be concerned?

My sister is shaking in her sleep. Her whole body shakes (like she's cold) for 1-2 second. She does this 1-5 times a minute. Should I be concerned?

Could be normal: This could be normal movements in her sleep when she is dreaming. There are also abnormal sleep movements that are not dangerous necessarily but could be interrupting quality sleep. She can have a sleep study to evaluate this further.

Dr. Nayana Trivedi Dr. Trivedi
Internal Medicine
35 years in practice
South Gujarat University, Government Medical College
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My brother's sleep is random, polyphasic & very poor quality. He's stubborn about seeing his GP or to attempt a monophasic pattern. What might help?

My brother's sleep is random, polyphasic & very poor quality. He's stubborn about seeing his GP or to attempt a monophasic pattern. What might help?

Need more Info.: Does your brother work? How old is he? Does he take any medicine? Does his job require different shift? Does he stay awake playing games on computer/watching TV? Is he Overweight and snores? For the last 2 question: He needs to cultivate disciplined lifestyle and loose weight. For Sleep Apnea could be the cause of it.

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