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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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Is it ok for my 1 month old to sleep in my arms all night long?

Is it ok for my 1 month old to sleep in my arms all night long?

Love them to death: The kid should sleep alone with initial swaddling for up to a month. Afterwards, placement in a onzie without blankets, pillows or bumpers is needed to prevent suffocation if they tangle up in bedding. Holding the baby all night is dangerous and could lead to suffocation or other injury. If the infant survived, it would face a 400% higher rate of sleep disorder for the first 4 years. ...Read more

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When can I expect my 1 month old daughter to sleep through the night? She still feeds pretty much every 3 hours which interrupts night time sleep

Baby Feedings: Sleeping through the night is a developmental milestone we don't expect until closer to 2 months. Feeding on demand (not on a schedule) is key to achieving a long sleep. Babies need to "cluster feed" (a meal marathon) before and after a long sleep (until their tummies get bigger). Once she's sleeping through, try putting her in her crib to learn to fall asleep on her own (on her back). ...Read more

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Why won't my 1 month old baby go to sleep during the night? He sleeps good during the day, seems to be more active at night.

Why won't my 1 month old baby go to sleep during the night? He sleeps good during the day, seems to be more active at night.

6 months: The majority of babies will sleep through the night by 6 months. We consider 6-8 hours as sleeping through the night. 1 month old babies have no concept of night and day. You can try to keep him awake a little more each time he is up and very slowly he will sleep more at night. ...Read more

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My 1 month old precious baby boy will only sleep if he's being held. If I rock him for 30mins & slowly put him down he'll wake up & cry till I hold him again. Then he cries every 2 hours for feeding. What should I do?

My 1 month old precious baby boy will only sleep if he's being held. If I rock him for 30mins & slowly put him down he'll wake up & cry till I hold him again. Then he cries every 2 hours for feeding. What should I do?

Deep breaths: Have a consistent bedtime & routine: read (yes, now) in low light, feed, wipe out his mouth with a soft cloth, then put him on his back in his crib in his own room, drowsy but awake. It won't hurt him to cry before he learns to self-calm for sleep. See www. Halosleep. Com/ for safe swaddling. This will ⬇ risk of sids, consolidate night-time sleep by 4 mos. & prevent "trained night crying" @ 5-6 mos. ...Read more

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My 1 month old baby is comfortable when lied down on stomach. Is this ok for her to sleep in this posotion?

My 1 month old baby is comfortable when lied down on stomach. Is this ok for her to sleep in this posotion?

Prevent possible SID: We would be happier if she would sleep on her back, because she has less of a chance of getting sids try to get her to sleep on her back. ...Read more

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Will my 1 month old baby's spine be affected by sleeping on a contoured pillow? He sleeps on this while he is next to us in the living room. Thanks!

Will my 1 month old baby's spine be affected by sleeping on a contoured pillow? He sleeps on this while he is next to us in the living room. Thanks!

Sleep environment: His spine is not going to be harmed but I am concerned about a 1 month old sleeping on a pillow for other reasons. All infants should sleep on their side or back on a firm surface without pillows or on couches etc to minimize the risk of sids (sudden infant death syndrome). I review every infant death in our county and unfortunately sleep environment is the biggest risk. ...Read more

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My 1 month old baby has a reflux but sometimes when she wakes up she coughs is it because she didn't burp before sleeping? Reflux causes cough right?

My 1 month old baby has a reflux but sometimes when she wakes up she coughs is it because she didn't burp before sleeping? Reflux causes cough right?

Yes it can: And most babies have reflux, they outgrow it as get bigger, you had the answer in your question: burp your baby well after feeding, if wet burps are a problem, try reflux precautions: thickening feeds, feeding smaller amounts more frequently, raising the bed 30 degrees, feeding the baby at 45 degree angle, etc, enjoy your baby ...Read more

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I have a cold and my 1 Month old keeps sneezing and throwing up my milk, she doesn't want to sleep like she normally do. Is she getting sick? ; (

I have a cold and my 1 Month old keeps sneezing and throwing up my milk, she doesn't want to sleep like she normally do. Is she getting sick? ; (

Upper respiratory: Your 1 mo old likely has an upper respiratory infection. Check her temperature- she needs to be seen by doctor or in urgent care if temperature is above 100.4 F. Okay to use normal saline drops 1-2 drops to each nares every 3-4 hours followed by a nasal bulb syringe to mobilize secretions. Mom to avoid decongestants to keep milk supply. Okay to continue breastfeeding. ...Read more

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1 month old will not sleep through the night, please help with any tips to stop this!?

1 month old will not sleep through the night, please help with any tips to stop this!?

Should not yet: You have to adjust your expectations because the vast majority of 1 month olds will not sleep through the night yet because they need to feed through the night yet. They do not yet have the fat stores or the metabolism to be able to go long stretches without eating. It is quite rare to sleep through night before 2 months, and is actually more on average around 4 months before it happens consistently ...Read more

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1 month old son sleeps through day and awake at night. How to make him sleep at night and awake during day. Please help?

Change it: Never allow more than 2 hours of sleep in a single segment during the day, waking up the baby to feed. Change then and stimulate them until tired, then put to crib to sleep another 2 hr segment. At night, allow baby to sleep any length of time, feeding only if they wake, then back to bed. Babies are capable of only one deep sleep period of 4 hours/day. Let it happen during the day and this happens ...Read more

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1 Month old baby, has bad wind and not able to sleep. Anything I can do?? HELPP

1 Month old baby, has bad wind and not able to sleep. Anything I can do?? HELPP

? colic: This may be a form of colic versus food intolerance. Both can involve lots of gas and discomfort. If your baby is breast fed, then I would remove all dairy form your diet for a trial of a week. If taking formula, would try one that may be gentler. Also in the US, we are using probiotiics for upset tummies in babies. See if you can find Gerber colic drops, or the equivalent. Hope this helps ...Read more

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My baby is 1 month old, when can he start sleeping in his crib, which is in another room?

My baby is 1 month old, when can he start sleeping in his crib, which is in another room?

When you're ready: Now is the time to start sleeping apart if you"re having the impulse to try. It's an individual choice but it, s time if you are ready would recommend a monitor and you will be amazed how much activity and vocalizations your child has during the night ...Read more

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Nursing 1 month old. Very bonded to me. Will only sleep next to me and wants to be carried in baby carrier on chest all day. Help.?

Nursing 1 month old. Very bonded to me. Will only sleep next to me and wants to be carried in baby carrier on chest all day. Help.?

Newborn: The baby is only 1 month old and it is common for very young babies to want to be as close to their moms as possible. You can not "spoil" a young baby. You can try to swaddle and put down to sleep at least for naps a little at a time. ...Read more

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Nursed 1 month old will not sleep anywhere but me holding/carrying her. I cannot break her habit and she cries and cries. She is getting enough milk?

Nursed 1 month old will not sleep anywhere but me holding/carrying her. I cannot break her habit and she cries and cries. She is getting enough milk?

Common complaint: Do you feel your breast get softer after she nurses? If so, you have enough milk. By one month, if you are exclusively nursing, she should be getting enough milk. But your pediatrician can confirm that by weighing her and compare with the previous weight. She should have wet diapers several times a day. If not, try a bottle, if she quiets down after, then she was hungry. See her doctor. ...Read more

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1 month old awake for 12 hours, won't sleep, tried rocking, singing, swaddling, warm bottle, car ride, lay on my chest, dark, quiet... I'm worried...?

1 month old awake for 12 hours, won't sleep, tried rocking, singing, swaddling, warm bottle, car ride, lay on my chest, dark, quiet... I'm worried...?

Normal sleep pattern: OK, if your baby had a serious problem, it would have more symptoms than being awake, like cry, fussiness, fever, etc. If the only issue you have is staying awake, your baby is likely just off schedule.
That said, but it to sleep around an hour earlier than typical to make up for its lack of sleep. If your baby does not sleep after 24 hours, go see your doc. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a 1 month old baby after 4 hours of sleep her diaper to be dry, this is her first time happening like this what can it be?

Is it possible for a 1 month old baby after 4 hours of sleep her diaper to be dry, this is her first time happening like this what can it be?

Yes: Sometimes these super newer diapers hide the moisture so well you can't tell by touch. In the hospital we weigh them. I expect pee at least every 6 hrs. ...Read more

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1 month old awake for 12 hours, won't sleep - warm bottle, swaddle, dark, quiet, car rides, lay on my chest, singing, rocking... I'm worried...

Sleep: Don't worry. If there was a problem, you baby would show other symptoms like crying, fever, vomit, rash, etc. If the only symptom is you baby is awake, there is nothing you can do. Most infants will naturally fall asleep when they are tired. Most take 2 naps in the day, and 12 to 15 hours at night, but just like adults, they can go off schedule. If 24, go check her out. ...Read more

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Myson is 1 year &1 month old he wakes up at night &wants to sleep in our bed. I am afraid because me and husband have sex in this bed usually. How bad?

Myson is 1 year &1 month old he wakes up at night &wants to sleep in our bed. I am afraid because me and husband have sex in this bed usually. How bad?

Sleeping with parent: It sends the wrong message to your infant. Your body language is telling him your bed is the only safe and best place to sleep.Your response for him is to keep him in his bed and not give much attention to crying at night. I know it is difficult but very important to send the right message. ...Read more

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There are times when my nursed 1 month old spits up for hours after her feeding. She spits up a lot and can't sleep. Doesn't seem right..

There are times when my nursed 1 month old spits up for hours after her feeding. She spits up a lot and can't sleep. Doesn't seem right..

Spitting up: IS she gaining weight?? Does she seem to be uncomfortable when she is spitting up? If yes then she may be having reflux, which is common in newborn babies. You may discuss about medication options with you regular doctor, usually it gets better once the child is 4-6 months. Overfeeding results in spitting up as well.
Please make sure she feeding well, gaining weight. ...Read more

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My baby is 1 month old and I think she sleep a lot. How much sleep is healty? Should I have to take her to a Neurologist to run tests on her?

My baby is 1 month old and I think she sleep a lot. How much sleep is healty? Should I have to take her to a Neurologist to run tests on her?

Normal: Babies in this age group "sleep all the time". This is a common statement by new mothers. This is quite normal in a one month old child. The variation in sleeping hours is quite a lot - anywhere from 18-22 hours! The way you tell if there is anything wrong with your baby is when she is awake how is she responding? Is she sucking well? Is she feeding well? Is she gaining weight? If worried see a doc ...Read more

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Is it ok if my 1 month old falls asleep in her rocking swing at night?

Is it ok if my 1 month old falls asleep in her rocking swing at night?

I'd advise against: Infants are not aware of sleep until well into the 2nd yr. They drift into sleep like u do listening to a sermon that goes too long. They need a comfortable sleep zone;enough light to be visually recognize the setting, simple background sound and a mattress to be lain on. Reading to the tired kid from a distance helps them settle. Kids rocked to sleeep have 3-4x sleep disturbences for the first 4 yr. ...Read more

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How can I get my 24 month old to sleep through the night? He only slept though the night for 2 months when he was 18 mo. Old, not since december.

How can I get my 24 month old to sleep through the night? He only slept though the night for 2 months when he was 18 mo. Old, not since december.

Sleep routein: Humans seldom sleep continuously thru the night at any age. Sleep cycles vary from semi-aleart to very deep. Kids aleart in the night for many reasons. Mostly stress, habit or need for reassurance. A sleep routein that settles the child & teaches them to drift off alone enables them to go back to sleep later too. Address any stress 1st but return kid to their bedroom every time. ...Read more

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Is this okay for a 1 month old to do? My baby was born 6lbs 2oz and 19in long. He's now one month and since like two weeks back he's been eating 4oz of formula milk every 2hours and a half-3hours during the day. At night time it weird, like yeaterday I fini

Is this okay for a 1 month old to do? My baby was born 6lbs 2oz and 19in long. He's now one month and since like two weeks back he's been eating 4oz of formula milk every 2hours and a half-3hours during the day. At night time it weird, like yeaterday I fini

Don't: Don't wake him up! Thank your lucky stars that he's a good sleeper and let him sleep through the night! Unless he has a genetic disorder that requires him to eat every few hours (and you would know this because it is part of the newborn screen), it is fine to let him sleep throughout the night - even 8 hours if he'll do it. He may want to eat more during the day if he's sleeping more at night, so if he's draining that 4 oz bottle, you may want to offer 5 or 6 oz. He'll let you know when he's hungry. Congratulations on your baby! ...Read more

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My 1 month old is due for a vaccine. How long after being vaccinated do I need to look out for a bad reaction? An hour a day a week?

My 1 month old is due for a vaccine. How long after being vaccinated do I need to look out for a bad reaction? An hour a day a week?

Soon: Significant reactions will generally show up within the first hours and less often after 24 hours. Any event more than 48 hours is unlikely to be vaccine related. One exception is a delay of 7 days or so when the MMR can produce fever and or a rash. This is less a "bad" reaction and more a sign the body is experiencing a mild measles from the vaccine virus. ...Read more

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My 1 month old chokes on spit up and milk a lot. If she gets pneumonia from aspirating what are the signs and how long do they take to show up?

My 1 month old chokes on spit up and milk a lot. If she gets pneumonia from aspirating what are the signs and how long do they take to show up?

Cough: Cough will be the first sign and it happens immediately upon aspirating. Pneumonia will not show up right away, but may take a few days and its signs are cough and fever. If you feel that the child spits up so much as to aspirate you need to consult a doctor to address the problem. ...Read more