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Doctor insights on: Do Babies Sleep More During Growth Spurts

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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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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 normal for babies to have ankle clonus during sleep?

Is it normal for babies to have ankle clonus during sleep?

Yes: Babies have ankle clonus as a normal finding both asleep or awake until they are about a year of age. It is a reflection of the immaturity of their nervous system and not a sign of damage as it would be for an older kid or adult. ...Read more

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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.

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

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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 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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Want tips on how to make an infant sleep?

Want tips on how to make an infant sleep?

Help settle: You can't " make" a child eat, sleep or use the potty. Do what dr. Carlin recommended, wipe out baby's mouth after the last feed & put him in his crib in his own room, drowsy but awake at the same time every night. Most healthy infants don't need a middle of the night feed after 6 months, when night waking becomes a learned behavior. American academy of pediatrics has a good book on birth-5. ...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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First month how long should babies sleep for?

First month how long should babies sleep for?

At least 12-14 hours: Oftena new baby will sleep one extended period about 6-8 hours or longer at night and then have two long naps 2-4 hours in the am and in the afternoon. There may be 1-3 or more shorter naps as well. ...Read more

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Tell me when do babies sleep through the night?

Tell me when do babies sleep through the night?

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 more

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