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How do you help babies stay on their back while sleeping?

How do you help babies stay on their back while sleeping?

Back to sleep: The back to sleep campaign is designed to make sure you always put your baby to sleep on their back, which significantly decreases the risk of sids. However, by the time your baby can roll over (around 4 months) the risk of crib death is much decreased. Still put your baby to sleep on their back but you don't need to lose sleep worrying if they roll over. ...Read more

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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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Tips on how to stay fit and keep exercising during winter as i tend to put on weight in winter. Thank you?

Tips on how to stay fit and keep exercising during winter as i tend to put on weight in winter. Thank you?

Cold Weather: If cold weather prevents you from exercising outdoors, then consider indoor activities such as swimming in an indoor pool, indoor sports (basketball, soccer, etc), stationary bicycling, running on a treadmill, or fitness classes such as yoga, step aerobics, or pilates. As always, check with your physician before pursuing any vigorous exercise regimen. ...Read more

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Any good way to stay laying on my back while sleeping?

Any good way to stay laying on my back while sleeping?

Pillows: Pillows can come in handy when trying to sleep on your back. Try putting one behind your knees. You can then put more pillows on either side of you or under both arms. There is no one great technique to sleeping on your back. You have to find what works for you and just be persistent. It may take some time to get used to sleeping on your back. ...Read more

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How can I maintain my baby's sleep routine while we are traveling?

How can I maintain my baby's sleep routine while we are traveling?

Sleeping patterns: In part depends on the type of travel that you will be doing. If flying, as soon as you can after take off, offer your baby a drink. This will help to ease the pressure in their ears, as well as preventing dehydration. Allow your baby to sleep as much as they like on the plane. Feed at the usual times, and let your baby familiarize with the new environment. Try to travel at night. ...Read more

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For days that I'm not able to do much tummy time with 5w newborn, how can I avoid flat spots while she's on the crib sleeping at night or napping?

For days that I'm not able to do much tummy time with 5w newborn,  how can I avoid flat spots while she's on the crib sleeping at night or napping?

Tummy Time: Rotate her head from side to side while she is sleeping on her back. Also avoid putting her in swing or car seat for long periods of time. Still most important is to give her tummy time when awake and supervised. ...Read more

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What's your opinion on electric kegel exercisers? Scam or can they really help? I can't seem to get the hang of doing them on my own.

What's your opinion on electric kegel exercisers? Scam or can they really help? I can't seem to get the hang of doing them on my own.

Variable: There is an fda approved device called neocontrol that we've used since 1999 with varying success. It uses a magnet, however. Neocontrol does strengthen the pelvic floor, gluteal and lower abdominal muscles. It can be effective if urinary incontinence is due to poor pelvic muscle tone. ...Read more

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What do you do when your bf grinds their teeth while sleeping?

What do you do when your bf grinds their teeth while sleeping?

See a dentist: This is called nocturnal bruxism. It may be due to stress or no reason at all. If your boyfriend is concerned with preserving the anatomy of his teeth he may benefit from wearing a night guard. A dentist can make a custom fitted one or he can simply go to any drug store and get a universal fitting night guard as a cheap option. I understand it can be a nuisance as with snoring. ...Read more

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How do I prevent my infant from self-turning to sleep on it side?

How do I prevent my infant from self-turning to sleep on it side?

Back is best: The back to sleep campaign that started in the 90's brought a 40% drop in crib death rates in the us.After initial resistance, most have come to understand it's value. Thankfully, the most vulnerable period has passed when kids can roll and turn over. Positioners, wedges and other items offered to stop this are unreliable.Infants should be on a firm mattress with no pillows, blankets or bumpers. ...Read more

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How do you work off love handles and that baby fat after you finish having your children?

How do you work off love handles and that baby fat after you finish having your children?

Slow ly but surely: The best way to work off the love handles is by burning slightly more calories than you consume every day. This will result in a slow, steady decrease in body fat that won't feel onerous. It is the healthiest way to do it as well. Add in some cardio, do some core, and lift some weights to burn more. Make small changes to your diet to decrease your calories. Loss no more than 1 #/week. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has sleeping problems, it takes him forever to get to sleep and when he does he can't stay asleep. What would help besides sleeping pill?

My boyfriend has sleeping problems, it takes him forever to get to sleep and when he does he can't stay asleep. What would help besides sleeping pill?

Sleep hygiene: Before resorting to sleeping pills, he can review and implement sleep hygiene recommendations. For a good description of these, see: http://www.Sleepfoundation.Org/article/ask-the-expert/sleep-hygiene he can also consider relaxing teas such as chamomile, or gaia sleep & relax before bed. If none of these measures help, consider a sleep study. His physician can help with a referral if needed. ...Read more

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Should i try to sleep flat on their back in order to avoid getting wrinkles?

Should i try to sleep flat on their back in order to avoid getting wrinkles?

Sorry, won't work...: Skin aging is a normal process. It is hastened by smoking and excessive sun exposure. Sleeping on your back won't help. ...Read more

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How to feel so wonderful after sleeping on the floor?

How to feel so wonderful after sleeping on the floor?

Perhaps: sleeping on that hard surface helped to align your body. I used to date a Marine who only felt comfortable sleeping on the floor. ...Read more

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What happens if I lay off these exercises will they reduce in muscle?

What happens if I lay off these exercises will they reduce in muscle?

Yes: I think you are asking that if you stop exercising, will your muscles reduce in size, and the answer is that yes, it is certainly possible that if you have been exercising regularly and have noticed increased muscle mass, then conversely, if you stop exercising, you will eventually have loss of your muscle mass. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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How to stay awake to finish work load? I always start to fall asleep around 8:30 and it's very hard to focus on my work after this point! help!

How to stay awake to finish work load? I always start to fall asleep around 8:30 and it's very hard to focus on my work after this point! help!

See sleep physician: There are many reasons why you may be tired and unable to focus on your work. From obstructive sleep apnea to restless leg syndrome, many things can interfere with quality sleep, and lead to feelings of fatigue during the day. See a sleep physician for a proper diagnosis! ...Read more

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How can I keep my baby from pulling away while nursing?

How can I keep my baby from pulling away while nursing?

Watch your letdown: Sometimes when your milk comes out very quickly a baby can get too much in their mouth, they aren't the most coordinated at sucking and swallowing. Sometimes pulling away is their signal that the letdown is too fast for them. If this describes you try positioning the baby so that they nurse against gravity. If it is still a problem you can pump a little first then nurse. ...Read more

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At the hospital - am going to get meds to help me sleep, and calm down my PTSD, hopefully this will help me to get back on track with my life so tired?

At the hospital - am going to get meds to help me sleep, and calm down my PTSD, hopefully this will help me to get back on track with my life so tired?

I am not sure how: the Canadian medical system works in terms of ease of self -admission for psychiatric purposes. In the US certain indications must be met for admission to be approved (usually). I can't speak for the hospital but when I treat PTSD - getting good sleep is a one of the top priorities. ...Read more

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What can I do to enhance my sleep while on bed rest?

What can I do to enhance my sleep while on bed rest?

Bed Rest: The best quality of sleep is consolidated, which means in large chunks if time. Patients on bed rest tend to take short naps. Then they often suffer insomnia at night because they've had enough napping during the day that they really aren't tired. So, avoid daytime naps. Keep your mind occupied and active during the day...Read a book, play a game, work on a puzzle, write letters or journal. ...Read more

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What can I do to help me get to sleep at night? Trouble getting to sleep i will be sleeping on the chair, but when i go to bed be wide awake.

What can I do to help me get to sleep at night? Trouble getting to sleep i will be sleeping on the chair, but when i go to bed be wide awake.

Lots : Lots of people have problems getting to sleep, staying asleep, or both. In many cases, poor sleep is caused by bad sleep habits. The good news is that bad sleep habits can be fixed by good sleep hygiene. The even better news is that good sleep hygiene doesn't cost much, and unlike some pills, won't leave people feeling groggy in the morning. Here are some basic sleep hygiene tips: it is best to wake up at about the same time, and to go to sleep at about the same time, 7 days a week. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods in the hours before bedtime. Have a consistent, relaxing bedtime routine. A warm bath, a good book, listening to relaxing music, stretching exercises, or watching a low-key television show are good options before bedtime. Use the bed and bedroom for sleep, not for studying, television, telephone, hobbies, or surfing the internet. Make the bedroom comfortable, quiet, and dark. In the morning, get exposure to bright light. The morning is also a good time to get physical exercise, which boosts energy during the day. Avoid napping. Many medications can interfere with sleep or can make people drowsy during the day. A talk with a doctor can sort these problems out. Signs of a severe sleeping problem include falling asleep at work, at school, during conversations, during meals, or while driving. People with severe sleeping problems need to see their doctor right away. Even people with mild sleeping problems can be drowsy during the day. Never drive when drowsy or sleepy, and if sleepiness occurs while driving, pull over and take a nap. ...Read more