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I have a 3 week old baby girl and she tends to hyperventilate and jumps in her sleep is this something I should be worry about?

I have a 3 week old baby girl and she tends to hyperventilate and jumps in her sleep is this something I should be worry about?

M.D. follow up: Babies breathe a a more rapid rate than older children and adults. I would recommend observing her for any changes in the color of her skin, lips or nails. Sometimes babies startle and this is normal. I would let your pediatrician know as well. Virtual appts are also available. ...Read more

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My 3 week old baby sleeps all the time. I usually have to wake him to eat. He has a good appetite. Is this normal?

My 3 week old baby sleeps all the time.  I usually have to wake him to eat.  He has a good appetite.  Is this normal?

Yes: Baby needs a lot of sleep when growth hormone is secreted by the body. If he is otherwise healthy, i won't worry over it in a few years, you will likely wish that he will sleep a little more. ...Read more

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I took some aspirin today around five how long should I wait to breastfeed my 3 week old baby?

I took some aspirin today around five how long should I wait to breastfeed my 3 week old baby?

Feed when due: If you only took it once, you may breast feed when it's due. Aspirin falls into the L3 category which means "moderately safe" during lactation. Ibuprofen and acetaminophen are category L1 "safest". When in need, try to stick to one of these 2. ...Read more

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Should a 2 week old baby be sleeping all night 6 hours or longer?

Should a 2 week old baby be sleeping all night 6 hours or longer?

If your lucky: Some infants will develop a feeding pattern that follows the normal wake sleep pattern their mother had in pregnancy.If they are feeding effectively during the day and gaining appropriate weight it is fine, especially for the larger babies.If a baby is tiny, 5-6 lb, I want them wakened to feed at night. After they get close to 8 lb I worry less about their feeding cycles. ...Read more

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How long will it take for my 2 week old baby boy will start sleeping at night ? I am feeling stressed and exhausted !

Sleep patterns vary: Babies develop their own sleep patterns, and usually by five months most infants will sleep for most of the night. Napping while the baby naps will perhaps with feeling less tired. Congratulations on the birth of your son. ...Read more

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How can I make my newborn sleep well and star to sleep like us longer at night I mean? She is a lovely 42 days old baby girl

How can I make my newborn sleep well and star to sleep like us longer at night I mean? She is a lovely 42 days old baby girl

Sleep routine: Develop a great sleep routine right from the start. Try this: feeding, bath, a book (yes a book for a one month old) and a little rocking or singing. The body has wonderful built in rhythms, we just have to tap into them. Also note, that most babies do not sleep through the night until they are older than 6 months old. Most wake up at least once until then. ...Read more

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What can be done to make 3 month old baby sleep more longer and comfortable?

What can be done to make 3 month old baby sleep more longer and comfortable?

At a consistent bed-: time, feed the baby, then wipe out her mouth with a soft cloth. In low light, read to her, cuddle, the put her to bed on her back in her crib in her own room, when she is drowsy, but awake. Allow her to self-calm to sleep without bottle or pacifier to consolidate sleep by 4 -5 mos. & avoid night-waking problems at 5-6 mos., as she'll go back to sleep on her own. ...Read more

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Is it okay to give gas drops to a 3 week old baby?

Is it okay to give gas drops to a 3 week old baby?

Yes: Simethacone is often used for infants gas issues.I am not convinced they do much, but some parents swear by them. ...Read more

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I have a 3 week old baby, I'm constantly worried she's going to catch a cold or flu. Is it common at this age to get colds?

I have a 3 week old baby, I'm constantly worried she's going to catch a cold or flu. Is it common at this age to get colds?

No: The more common reason for nasal congestion or cough at that age is exposure to dust/fragrances/smoke /cooking or cleaning odors/etc. Babies tiny nasal passages react to things you tend to ignore. If you eliminate these from babies surroundings and use nasal saline to help wash them out, baby will be less congested. ...Read more

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How dangerous is it for a 3 week old baby to get the chicken pox?

How dangerous is it for a 3 week old baby to get the chicken pox?

Dangerous: It would mean mo never had chickenpox otherwise the baby should not get chicken pox or at least only mild. But at 3 weeks it can be life threatening. Talk with your pediatrician because there are medicines. ...Read more

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I have a 3 week old baby with a cold in his eye with greenish drainage. What can I do to clear this up ?

I have a 3 week old baby with a cold in his eye with greenish drainage. What can I do to clear this up ?

Wipe it away: The normal drainage path for tears is a tear sac & tiny channel down the inside of the nose. It blocks easily when debris from allergies, viruses or other germs.Newborns often have ducts that are blocked for the first months until head growth helps them open.If simple goop & no lid redness u can tease it away with a clean cloth.Progressive lid redness may require a visit & meds. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a 3 week-old baby to spit up a lot and sweats without a fever?

Is it normal for a 3 week-old baby to spit up a lot and sweats without a fever?

Yes: Infants can have mild reflux whereby their stomachs connot always accommodate the amount of breast/forumla inside their tummies. This is due to a weak muscle/sphincter & slower emptying. Smaller/shorter feeds offered more frequently and upright positioning may decrease this trend. ...Read more

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I am having a 3 week old baby boy. He is getting red dots like pimples in forhead and cheeks. Its summer here. Remedies please?

I am having a 3 week old baby boy. He is getting red dots like pimples in forhead and cheeks. Its summer here. Remedies please?

Baby Acne?: Sounds like baby acne. This is a benign skin conditions of newborns and is often self limited. No specific treatment is needed. Actually trying to make it go away with soaps and lotions can actually aggravate it and make it worse. Regular baby washing will suffice. If it becomes red, dry, and flaky it could be eczema and that can be treated. See your doctor for that. ...Read more

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I have a 3 week old baby and I breast feed and do formula , he be fuzzy and getting red from his face and he didn't poop yesterday or today is it norm?

I have a 3 week old baby and I breast feed and do formula , he be fuzzy and getting red from his face and he didn't poop yesterday or today is it norm?

Hard or pellet-like: stools are a sign of constipation. If an infant of 6wks. or younger strains to pass soft stool, it can be normal. The smooth muscle of the intestines is not yet coordinated to propel its contents, so they may draw up their legs, grunt, turn red in the face & use voluntary abdominal muscles to assist. Solely breast-fed babies hardly ever have hard stools; adding formula can make them harder. ...Read more

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My 3 week old baby hasn't pooped. It's almost been 24houea and she pushes really hard like she needs to go. She is bottle fed.

Simple measures: You can help baby go by coating a q-tip with vasaline & inserting it the length of the cotton & moving it in a circle. If there's poo to go it should come out.There are otc babylax suppositories that work the same way. For longer term an ounce of full strength apple or prune juice 1-2x/d will losten baby within 3 days. ...Read more

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Why does my 3 week old baby have herpes oral sores?

Why does my 3 week old baby have herpes oral sores?

M.D. visit: At this age, there may have been exposure during delivery. It is important to have him examined by your pediatrician. Infections may spread quickly, so this is an urgent visit. ...Read more

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