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Do Babies Sleep More During Growth Spurts
Is it true that when babies sleep a lot sometime, is because they are going through a growth spurt?
Yes: That is a possibility as long as the child is not ill or loosing weight. ...Read more
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?
5th week of preg, 2 days with sore throat & dry cough. Cough is getting worse at night during sleep. Will this harm my babies? Pls help. Tq.
ACUTE BRONCHITIS: Most probably not. It is a short attack of dry coughing episodes which can be viral or allergic in nature. ...Read more
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 moreSee 6 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Three to four months: Babies are capable of one period of deep sleep (3-4hrs) per 24 hours starting at birth and generally drift in and out of lighter sleep states for the rest of their day. By 3mo their brain waves include mature sleep patterns and longer sleep is expected. Babies can learn to self settle soon after birth and return to sleep after they wake, though a brief feeding may be needed.Good routeins help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies: There appears to be no right answer to how many hours a child sleeps. It is really unique to that child. If they are growing, happy, behaving and developing normally , then whatever amount works for that child. Having said that, most seem to sleep 8-12 hours at night. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I think in my case, : It soothes my children so that they relax enough for their brain waves to start slowing down. When my daughter can't sleep she asks me to sing her to sleep. She now associates sleep with these songs and often after struggling to fall asleep- she will nod off in seconds to minutes once i begin gently singing lullabies. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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