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Is it normal for my newborn to sleep more then 6 hours without eating?

Is it normal for my newborn to sleep more then 6 hours without eating?

It depends!: If your baby is having plenty of wet diapers and is growing well, then your baby is getting plenty of food. If you feel that he/she is not gaining weight well or is not producing enough urine, please call your baby's doctor today. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a 7 week and 5 days old to sleep 5-6hours in total? She been like that in the past couple days she look tired. She will fall asleep in the boob but won't go to sleep like she normally do. Is she not eating enough to sleep? Help!!!

Is it normal for a 7 week and 5 days old to sleep 5-6hours in total? She been like that in the past couple days she look tired. She will fall asleep in the boob but won't go to sleep like she normally do. Is she not eating enough to sleep? Help!!!

See doc today!: Any marked change in activity in a young baby needs to be evaluated right away. Especially if the baby is less alert. Call the baby's doc now and have her seen today, too. If she is worse now, go to the ER. If you are taking any medications, prescription or over the counter, stop! ...Read more

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My baby is 5 days old. He prefer to drink from my right breast than left. He also drink only 10 minutes and then sleep for 4-5 hours. Is it normal?

My baby is 5 days old. He prefer to drink from my right breast than left. He also drink only 10 minutes and then sleep for 4-5 hours. Is it normal?

It happens: Some babies prefer one side to the other.It can be the comfort they feel while you hold them in that position.Sometimes altering your hold and always starting on the less preferred side will improve the situation.The breast yields 85% within 5 & almost all within 10min. If the breast is producing enough to grow baby will sleep well after a feed. ...Read more

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There are days when my 1month old baby won't sleep more than an hour, then she will cry then sleep then cry, is that normal?

There are days when my 1month old baby won't sleep more than an hour, then she will cry then sleep then cry, is that normal?

Sleep irregularity: Infants basically are only aware of the awake mode.They will not understand or appreciate sleep until later. They will get sleep as their body demands it but it is up to their caretakers to help them get into a productive sleep routine.Limiting day naps to 2hrs & feeding as they awaken helps set a schedule.Comforting settings, no rocking, soft light, all help babies go down. ...Read more

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Normally i sleep 6 hours(11pm to 5am) a day. But if i sleep more than that a strong headache will be there for the whole day. What is the reason?

Normally i sleep 6 hours(11pm to 5am) a day. But if i sleep more than that a strong headache will be there for the whole day. What is the reason?

Sleep and teeth: Is it possible that you are grinding your teeth in your sleep? People who grind at nighttime often awake with soreness in their jaw or tm joint, or have a general headache. Of course there are other things that could such symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a almost 4 month old baby to sleep 6-9 hours straight? My Breastfed daughter started sleeping more lately and I thought they had to eat more frequently.

Is it normal for a almost 4 month old baby to sleep 6-9 hours straight? My Breastfed daughter started sleeping more lately and I thought they had to eat more frequently.

Feel lucky: By three months many have a more mature sleep pattern.They usually do not go 9 hrs without a brief stirring but they may not awaken to eat if they consume enough during the day to meet their needs. Some parents see this happen within the first month if they don't feed as part of the sleep ritual.A kid who learns to go down without a full stomach doesn't scream for a feed to resettle in the night ...Read more

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My daughter who is 14 weeks can sleep 9 hours at night and i wonder if it's bad to go that long without eating? Is this normal for babys this age?

My daughter who is 14 weeks can sleep 9 hours at night and i wonder if it's bad to go that long without eating? Is this normal for babys this age?

As the old saying...: As the old saying goes, "never wake a sleeping baby." that means a parent should feel blessed to have a normal healthy baby who sleeps all night after age 3 months. (however, if a baby suffers medical or developmental problems, her pediatrician can give customized advice on sleeping habits.). ...Read more

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Is it normal for infant baby of 8 days sleeping more than 16 to 19 hours?

Is it normal for infant baby of 8 days sleeping more than 16 to 19 hours?

Yes: Certainly is normal, if the baby is acting well and eating well otherwise. Newborns, in fact, usually sleep this much. ...Read more

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My six weeks baby.likes to sleep in a pillow I'm afraid about her neck but she falls asleep easily and sleeps more than two hours, is it okay!

My six weeks baby.likes to sleep in a pillow  I'm afraid about her neck but she falls asleep easily and sleeps more than two hours, is it okay!

High risk of SIDS: Sleeping on a pillow has been found to pose a higher risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). While the risk of this happening is still small, it is certainly more with pillow use. I don't know if I would take that risk to get some extra sleep. She will learn to sleep well without use of the pillow - she just needs a little more time to accommodate to that. ...Read more

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My baby boy is 7 weeks old and has been sleeping a lot more through the day and eating less. Just wanting to know if this is normal?

Checkup: He is due for his 8wk check up; so as long as he is not obviously dehydrated take him in on an appt for routine followup and get him weighed; be sure to bring your concerns up and make sure all is well. It is normal to sleep alot; but as long as your baby is getting enough food and fluids his weight should be fine and a good indicator of how well he is doing. ...Read more

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My 9 month old baby is healthy but is a poor sleeper he wakes easily and during the night will wake up more than 5 times it's been for a few months?

My 9 month old baby is healthy but is a poor sleeper he wakes easily and during the night will wake up more than 5 times it's been for a few months?

Talk to your doc: Where does the baby sleep? How do you respond when he wakes? You may be enabling him and indirectly perpetuating the problem. He may have reflux. This is best handles face to face to get a lot of questions answered...You may also have a sleep specialist in your area. Usually your pediatrician can really help. ...Read more

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Is it typical for iugr babies to have feeding issues... 6 mth has never taken more than 3ozs at a time he seems to get full easy. What could be issue?

Is it typical for iugr babies to have feeding issues... 6 mth has never taken more than 3ozs at a time he seems to get full easy. What could be issue?

Sounds normal: Yes, iugr babies can fave feeding issues, but it is probably not contributing to problems 6 months from delivery. If your child is growing appropriately by weight, length, and head circumference, than there is nothing to worry about. If not, you should consult your pediatrician. If growing well, just be grateful that your child has a healthy "full button" and will avoid over-eating. ...Read more

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Is it normal fora 10 month old to wake up after six hours of sleep to eat? Shouldn't they be sleeping through the night? Not teething.

Is it normal fora 10 month old to wake up after six hours of sleep to eat? Shouldn't they be sleeping through the night?  Not teething.

Yes: Although 10 month old babies sleep longer six hours is not an unusual or rare interval time to wake up and eat especially if they are still breast feeding. Teething is another reason they would wake up. ...Read more

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Is chest/abdominal pain normal even few hours after wind knocked out? Can sleep and walk; how to know if need to see doctor? This is for 8 yr old girl.

Is chest/abdominal pain normal even few hours after wind knocked out? Can sleep and walk; how to know if need to see doctor? This is for 8 yr old girl.

Observe: It is normal to feel badly for awhile. It differs from patient to patient. If she otherwise well great. If she is eating, not vomiting, breathing without difficulty, and passing normal urine and stool that is good. If she fails to improve and is otherwise sick, she should be seen. All the best. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a newborns white of eye to be grayish yellow like. And for him to sleep so much. He is only awake for a total of 3 hours a day?

Is it normal for a newborns white of eye to be grayish yellow like. And for him to sleep so much. He is only awake for a total of 3 hours a day?

Jaundice?: What you describe could indicate jaundice. While it is usually benign, severe jaundice (kernicterus) can actually cause brain damage. I would recommend having your newborn seen by a pediatrician asap. ...Read more

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Is it okay to go a few hours without eating or drinking while pregnant ? Is that hurting the baby ?

Is it okay to go a few hours without eating or drinking while pregnant ? Is that hurting the baby ?

No problem: That's normal to do and not a problem, in a healthy woman with a normal pregnancy. Pregnancies are not that fragile, as babies have been successfully born for 100,000 years before modern medicine. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a normal healthy woman or anyone for that matter to involuntarily just stop breathing? During the day, other than sleep apenea?

Is it possible for a normal healthy woman or anyone for that matter to involuntarily just stop breathing? During the day, other than sleep apenea?

Yes : But if you are doing it during the day i would have a nighttime polysomnogram done to make sure you do not have sleep apnea, since even skinny people can have it and forgetting to breathe during the day can be a symptom of it. ...Read more

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Is it normal for 5 weeks old baby to sleep through the day 9-12 hours without breast feeding her ? As I couldn't wake her up . Thank you

Is it normal for 5 weeks old baby to sleep through the day 9-12 hours  without breast feeding her ? As I couldn't wake her up . Thank you

NO: No it's not normal for a 5 week old baby to sleep so long between feeds. She needs to be evaluated NOW! If you can't get in to see her pediatrician then she needs to go to the closest emergency department for eval. ...Read more

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