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My baby has a over exaggerated moro reflex that constantly wakes her leading to little sleep in the day she is 7 weeks old she had a traumatic birth?

My baby has a over exaggerated moro reflex that constantly wakes her leading to little sleep in the  day she is 7 weeks old she had a traumatic birth?

Swaddling: could help. It keeps the arms still so the babe doesn't accidentally activate the reflex. It reproduces the position she had in the womb. You can find YouTube videos demonstrating how to do this successfully. Good luck! ...Read more

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My 4 month old has started startling (moro reflex) during light sleep. He did this 4x during his nap. Is this normal? He just started rolling too...

My 4 month old has started startling (moro reflex) during light sleep. He did this 4x during his nap.  Is this normal? He just started rolling too...

Yes: The moro reflex is present at birth & persists until about 3 months when fully awake or up to 6 months in mild sleep states. Loud noises, vibrations or movements can set this off. Kids often start to roll as early as 4 m. ...Read more

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What to do about infantile spasms vs moro reflex?

What to do about infantile spasms vs moro reflex?

Neurology consult: The Moro Reflex is a normal movement in newborns. Infantile spasms are never normal and require evaluation by a pediatric neurologist. ...Read more

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Why can the babinski reflex be seen in sleeping adults?

Why can the babinski reflex be seen in sleeping adults?

NREM: The Babinski reflex can be seen during non-REM sleep states, although not in all individuals. The mechanism is not exactly clear but likely due to the release of inhibition by the cortex of the corticospinal tract that is present during the waking state and REM sleep state. ...Read more

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Acid reflex (Felt in lower neck) always happens after a bad night sleep, or just not enough sleep. Have noticed this correlation for years. Why?

Acid reflex (Felt in lower neck) always happens after a bad night sleep, or just not enough sleep. Have noticed this correlation for years. Why?

Reflux: Nocturnal acid reflux may be lessened if you can sleep with the head of your bed elevated,avoiding caffeine,alcohol,nicotine and avoiding spicey and fatty foods especially later in the day and taking prilosec before supper. If your symptoms are not controlled, consult a gastroenterologist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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My 4 year old daughter suffers from chronic reflex which manifests as coughing & disturbs her sleep. What can we do?

My 4 year old daughter suffers from chronic reflex which manifests as coughing & disturbs her sleep. What can we do?

Chronic reflux: Chronic reflux needs to be assessed preferably by a pediatric GI doctor. As she is 4 yrs old and having nightly symptoms she is likely going to have to be placed on medicine - if that is indeed what she has. Discuss this with her pediatrician, detail her symptoms so that they may make the proper recommendations/referrals. ...Read more

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Why do I have bad acid reflex to where i get sick when i sleep for only two to four hours?

Why do I have bad acid reflex to where i get sick when i sleep for only two to four hours?

GERD: You may have gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd) which allows stomach contents (acid) to enter the esophagus. You may also have a hiatal hernia. The symptomatic treatment is to take antacids before retiring. See a physician about this problem. He may prescribe medication to reduce acid production or maybe suggest a consultation for hernia evaluation. ...Read more

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