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Dr. James Ferguson
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How can I get my baby to sleep at night instead of during the day?

How can I get my baby to sleep at night instead of during the day?

Limit length of naps: Your baby has one period of deep restorative sleep per day & you can push it into the night if you avoid long day naps. Waking baby during the day to feed after a 2 hr nap, and keeping it up for at least 5 min if unintrested will teach babies internal clock to get its best sleep at night. Even if up a lot the night before, don't allow > 3 hr naps. ...Read more

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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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Dr. Gregg Alexander
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How can I get my infant to sleep through the night?

How can I get my infant to sleep through the night?

Good sleep routine: This is possible for almost all little ones, but is more than can be described in 400 characters. Consistency, a regular sleep routine, keeping the home quiet and dark at night, and helping them learn to self-settle are essential. Talk with your pediatrician about the details, but know that it is possible - once you are ready! (the secondary gain from "comforting" your baby at night is powerful.). ...Read more

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Do babies get flat spots on their heads if they sleep on their backs?

Do babies get flat spots on their heads if they sleep on their backs?

Yes: Some babies develop a flattened head (positional plagiocephaly) due to spending a lot of time on their backs. The soft bones of the scalp facilitate brain growth during the first year and can be molded during this time. Make sure to rotate sleeping positions and give your baby supervised tummy time while awake. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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New baby and toddler. So how to get an infant to sleep?

New baby and toddler. So how to get an infant to sleep?

Comforting routine: Although babies may understand being tired, they don't understand the concept of sleep. They drift into sleep like adults in a boring lecture. Your tiredness routein should focus on settling baby down and excluding harsh distractions. A little light can help baby be aware of their comfort place; soft background noise from a fan or radio turned low. Put them down awake & don't change anythiing. ...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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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Mum of 3 babies. Bad sleeping pattern i can't get out of. Its been10 yrs. Cant sleep before 2am no matter what.Cant get up b4 10am!help?

Mum of 3 babies. Bad sleeping pattern i can't get out of. Its been10 yrs. Cant sleep before 2am no matter what.Cant get up b4 10am!help?

Sleep pattern: At least you are getting eight hours. Try resetting your time clock for ten P.M. At9 turn off electronic devices including your telephone. Listen to soft music, reading a boring book, take a warm bath and drink a glass of wrm milk. Try going to bed at the same hour every night. ...Read more

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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I am 37 weeks pregnant and am 1 1/2 centimeters dialated I have had constant contractions for 3 weeks and I have had the steroid shots for the babies lungs is it safe to take castor oil to induce labor i can't sleep get sick when i eat and am in pain from

No. : No. You should not take castor oil prior to reaching your due date. Remember that your baby is 2 weeks younger than the number of weeks that you are pregnant. Your baby is not ready to be born. Once your due date has arrived, you may consult your doctor about taking castor oil to induce pregnancy. Do not do this without consulting your doctor. Remember that castor oil is a laxative. It has a bad taste, can cause abdominal cramping, diarrhea and vomiting. If you do not want to feel these symptoms, then you should avoid this. Talk to your doctor about things to do to help you be more comfortable. It is very common for women to be uncomfortable during the last few weeks of pregnancy. Your baby needs more time in your tummy. ...Read more

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Was wondering how much sleep should an 8 month old infant get?

Was wondering how much sleep should an 8 month old infant get?

A lot: There are several phases of sleep and one of the most important levels for maximum rest and renovation is delta phase. This is the deepest level of sleep in which hgh (human growth hormone) is released and in children provides one of the most potented hormones that naturally helps the body to grow and develop. This is why infants require so much sleep. ...Read more

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