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Dr. Adam Lewis
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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth.Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more


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Our newborn was waking up every hour the first 2 nights. A baby nurse had  put him to sleep on his side and he slept 3, was this a mistake due 2 sids?

Our newborn was waking up every hour the first 2 nights. A baby nurse had  put him to sleep on his side and he slept 3, was this a mistake due 2 sids?

Worrisome: The last data I reviewed show side sleeping as risky as belly sleeping in the first 4 months of life.Unfortunately, if you pattern a baby to side or belly sleep in the first few days of life, they may resist back sleeping.During the early years of "back to sleep" I threatened to have baby nurses fired if I ever saw a newborn in these positions, it stopped and my babies accepted back sleep ...Read more

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New baby/how to get newborn to sleep?

New baby/how to get newborn to sleep?

These things...: Swaddling, rocking, soft sounds such as humming or singing, sucking , make sure they are clean and well fed. ...Read more

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For each day how much should a newborn baby sleep?

Total sleep time: Is ~18 hours/day, in 2-4 hour naps. Infants have more rem sleep than adults. Co-sleeping increases chances of parents' misinterpreting brief arousals as awakenings requiring feeds. To promote consolidation of sleep, stable pm bedtime, appropriate sleep associations (falling asleep in own bed in own room), & allowing self-regulation ( infant calms himself back to sleep) should be in place by 3 mo. ...Read more

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How long should my newborn baby sleep during daytime?

How long should my newborn baby sleep during daytime?

No more than 2 hrs: Try not to let your baby sleep more than two hours straight during the daytime, even if they were up the previous night. Babies can flip their day/night pattern if you do. Try to get seven to eight feedings in during the day and you might get extra sleep at night. ...Read more

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How much sleep does a newborn baby need in between feeds?

How much sleep does a newborn baby need in between feeds?

Enough sleep: Most babies will get enough sleep if left to there own in between feelings. ...Read more

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Can a newborn baby sleep on their tummy?

Can a newborn baby sleep on their tummy?

Safety issue: In the 90's the world data showed higher rates of crib death in all cultures that belly slept their babies. After the "Back to sleep" campaign has been in effect in the US, the crib death rate has fallen 40% in most populations studied. The can sleep on their tummy, but I would never suggest it unless there was a specific medical condition where they must. ...Read more

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Our newborn baby wont sleep on his back, what are our options?

Several: Will baby sleep in his carseat ? Will he sleep on his side with wedges? Try those two options and if they don't work write back. ...Read more

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How can I help my newborn baby sleep better?

How can I help my newborn baby sleep better?

Consistency: Consistent bedtime routines, even at this young age, will help your newborn sleep better as an older baby and toddler. Many parents find a warm bath, massage, songs, rocking and feeding are good bedtime routines. Try to start the routine around the same time each evening. It takes practice but eventually your little one will come to expect this and will associate this with going to bed easily. ...Read more

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How can I establish a sleeping schedule for my newborn baby?

How can I establish a sleeping schedule for my newborn baby?

No pattern...: You really can't make a real pattern with newborns. It's not how they are built. Babies can't follow patterns or think yet. They simply follow body cues - hunger, sleepiness, dirty diaper, etc... So babies eat and sleep on demand and can better establish a pattern at 3-4 months. ...Read more

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Y my newborn baby can't sleep at nights? Can this be bc of reflux? What can i do?She coughs sometimes and today she vomited is it a cause of concern?

Y my newborn baby can't sleep at nights? Can this be bc of reflux? What can i do?She coughs sometimes and today she vomited is it a cause of concern?

Could be: Babies in the first few weeks should sleep a lot (20 hours per day) so if your newborn is not sleeping then yes, I would be concerned. If your baby is under a week old it is a little early for reflux unless the baby is overfeeding. Cough can be a sign of reflux but generally I think cough in a newborn should be evaluated by a doctor sooner than later. So my advice is to see your doctor soon ...Read more

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If a newborn baby is snoring while sleeping, what do you do?

If a newborn baby is snoring while sleeping, what do you do?

Newborn Snoring: Newborns have periodic breathing, that is, frequent pauses and gaps in breathing. As long as lip / skin color stays nice and pink, indicating good airflow, no need to do anything at all. If snoring seems to be affecting quality of sleep or there are any changes in skin color, go see your child's pediatrician. ...Read more

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If breastfeeding how much does a newborn baby sleep?

If breastfeeding how much does a newborn baby sleep?

See below: There is no difference in sleep patterns between breast fed or bottle fed babies. ...Read more

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How benign neonatal sleep myoclonus can affect my child ?

How benign neonatal sleep myoclonus can affect my child ?

Very benign: Neonatal sleep myoclonus occurs in infants up to 2- 3 months of age. They grow out of it after that without any residuals or consequences. This seizure like activities may be confused with real seizures. But this clonus occurs only when babies are asleep, and stops jerking movement when you wake them up, and usually all 4 extremities, arms and legs jerk. ...Read more

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At what month is a newborn safe to sleep on his his chest (frontside facing down)? My 5 weeks new born cries when we try to position him this way.

DON'T: Sudden infant death syndrome has been shown to be related to placing babies on their bellies to sleep. They are not always strong enough to turn and can suffocate. They are also "belly breathers" and do not respire as well with their abdomens pressed against the bed below. Keep your child on it's back always. When it is old enough and strong enough to turn on its own sids is seldom seen. ...Read more

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Overly worried about newborn's health. Can't and won't leave her side, only when relayed. Can't sleep well Google everything. Are these signs of PPD?

Overly worried about newborn's health. Can't and won't leave her side, only when relayed. Can't sleep well Google everything. Are these signs of PPD?

Anxiety: It sounds more like anxiety than post-partum depression. You are a concerned mother. Post-partum depression typically causes not enough attention to the new baby. It is ok to be so careful the first one to 3 months, but you do need your sleep, too. Babies awaken during the night for feeding which makes sleep difficult at first anyway. If unable to sleep, please see your doctor. Use a baby monitor. ...Read more

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What is the best sleeping position for a newborn baby with scoliosis ?

What  is the best sleeping position for a newborn baby with scoliosis
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Hard to say: It is accepted by most in the health care field that babies should definitely sleep on their back because it is felt to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. Long ago, i was taught that babies that slept on their backs had a higher incidence of scoliosis as infants than those that sleep on their stomachs, but it is not really believed anymore. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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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