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9 months baby never sleeps through the night & wakes up around 5 times crying & never go deep in sleep she's not teething or ill she naps 3x for 1/2 h?

9 months baby never sleeps through the night & wakes up around 5 times crying & never go deep in sleep she's not teething or ill she naps 3x for 1/2 h?

Sleep hygiene: Set a bedtime routine. Stick with the same bedtime rituals, which may include a bath, reading a story or song, and a hug and a kiss Goodnight. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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


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Been tired (out of the normal for me to take naps), been moody (along the lines of crying), also my hips hurt all the time. Could I be pregnant?

Been tired (out of the normal for me to take naps), been moody (along the lines of crying), also my hips hurt all the time. Could I be pregnant?

Not primary signs: Those are not the primary signs of being pregnant. Missing a period is. If you had unprotected sex, especially during your most fertile time, and your period is overdue - yes, you could be pregnant. The energy and emotional issues and pain deserve your attention, but would not be related to such an early stage of pregnancy in all likelihood. Take a test if you are late and take care in the future. ...Read more

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Is it normal that my three week old son went limp after turning red from crying and one min later went back to normal 4 days ago my wife was holding him and he went limp and he was awake at the time then fell asleep again, he also is having trouble poopin

Is it normal that my three week old son went limp after turning red from crying and one min later went back to normal 4 days ago my wife was holding him and he went limp and he was awake at the time then fell asleep again, he also is having trouble poopin

Any: Any time a child has an episode of apnea (stops breathing), with choking, gagging, change in muscle tone (such as going limp like your child did) and/or color change - especially turning blue - it is known as an alte or apparent life threatening event. When this happens you need to call your child's doctor immediately or go to the emergency room for evaluation. 50% of the time a cause is not found, which means the other 50% of the time the cause is found. The list of what it could be is enormous - it could be a number of problems with the gastrointesinal system, neurological system, a cardiac or respiratory problem, infection, or even a metabolic problem. Doctors will do a complete history and physical followed by testing to try and determine the cause of these episodes. ...Read more

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Son woke up from a nap 3 hrs ago crying & said his butt and back thighs were hurting. 97.5 Temp. Do I need to take him to ER? Started Ritelin yesterda

Son woke up from a nap 3 hrs ago crying & said his butt and back thighs were hurting. 97.5 Temp. Do I need to take him to ER? Started Ritelin yesterda

Leg pain: Can he walk? Bear weight? Any areas over where it hurts that seem abnormally warm? If he's not having fever, and he can walk and has normal strength, if there are no areas of heat/swelling then I say you can monitor. If any of those are not true then at the very least you need to put a call into the pediatrician's office and speak with the doctor on-call. ...Read more

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What should I do if my 15 mo wakes up too early from her nap and is crying/screaming?

What should I do if my 15 mo wakes up too early from her nap and is crying/screaming?

Wait a little: It is normal for all of us to have awakenings when we sleep. Give her 5 minutes to see if she will settle back down. If not, go and check on her to make sure she is alright (ex: leg not stuck in crib) and if so, try to pat and shush her (try to not pick her up) and leave again. ...Read more

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Switched 14 mo old to cry it out. Now she wakes up from naps crying/really upset. Anything I can do?

Switched 14 mo old to cry it out. Now she wakes up from naps crying/really upset. Anything I can do?

Ferber Technique: Dr. Ferber wrote a book about solving your child's sleep problems. The technique involves gradually desensitizing your child by leaving his/her room for progressively longer times. My technique is to let the baby cry until they fall asleep. Remember once you start on this course you must be consistent. Within a week the problem should subside. Peekaboo can be helpful during waking times. ...Read more

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My four week old grunts during the day. .. Sometimes crying afterwards. Is this normal? He eats well and takes good naps and normal bm and pee diapers

My four week old grunts during the day. .. Sometimes crying afterwards. Is this normal? He eats well and takes good naps and normal bm and pee diapers

Babies make sounds: Babies do tend to make a lot of different sounds. Some grunts, gurgles, fussy sounds, and others are quite common. If your baby seems to have a good appetite, sleeps well and is acting fine, don't worry too much about the noises. If he is having trouble- not eating/sleeping well, etc., check with your doctor. ...Read more

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My 13mth old has had 3 night terrors since june. Tonight from overtired-missed nap. Crying loudly and unresponsive, even w/eyes open 2hrs into sleep.

My 13mth old has had 3 night terrors since june. Tonight from overtired-missed nap. Crying loudly and unresponsive, even w/eyes open 2hrs into sleep.

Night terrors: You are on target with a night terror label. These are common for kids with poor sleep habits and reflect a rapid entry into deep sleep triggered by that deficit. It is similar to sleep walking in older kids and adults. Improving the night ritual with some wind down time, reading or other comforting activity helps along with gaining as little as a half hour per night of sleep will usually end them. ...Read more

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Plz help my 5 month old baby won't stop crying it's been going on for months now no sleep only cat naps and night he's on losec (omeprazole) for s/reflux all good?

Plz help my 5 month old baby won't stop crying it's been going on for months now no sleep only cat naps and night he's on losec (omeprazole) for s/reflux all good?

See pediatrician: For evaluation. There are many causes of crying and fussiness. A pediatrician should be able to sort them out and get improvement in the crying. ...Read more

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Woke up feeling very dizzy from a 1hr nap and after eating suddenly started crying, why? Slept 5hrs last night and took a walk this morning. Anxiety?

Woke up feeling very dizzy from a 1hr nap and after eating suddenly started crying, why? Slept 5hrs last night and took a walk this morning. Anxiety?

Many possibilities: Not optimal sleep, dream activity, nutrition issues, interpersonal stress, inner emotional conflict, or undiagnosed medical condition (thyroid?) could be ruled out. Consult health psychologist or primary care provider for an assessment. ...Read more

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My 18 month son wakes up screaming and crying after being asleep for only 3 hours. It's been going on for about 2 months and every night what's wrong?

My 18 month son wakes up screaming and crying after being asleep for only 3 hours. It's been going on for about 2 months and every night what's wrong?

Other features??: If the kid is fully awake when you check him and calms to your visit, this can arise from many sources. Separation anxiety, changes in living conditions, absence of a parent, all may play a role. A medical condition should be evident during daytime activities. If the kid is not awakeor doesn't immediately waken to your touch, it might be a sleep disorder called a night terror, more common to older kids. ...Read more

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My son has been crying it out. He falls asleep in crib in about half an hour but all night he has random quick breaths like he can't calm down. 6month?

My son has been crying it out. He falls asleep in crib in about half an hour but all night he has random quick breaths like he can't calm down. 6month?

Don't worry: Assuming he is otherwise healthy (not having a cold or cough or bronchiolitis) then don't worry about it. He is probably just going in and out of a deep sleep. When he breathes quickly he is probably waking up very briefly. We all have very brief awakenings especially during rem sleep. ...Read more

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My 4.5 month old recently started "crying" in his sleep. He won't wake up, but he will whimper while asleep. Is this normal? Is he dreaming yet?

My 4.5 month old recently started "crying" in his sleep. He won't wake up, but he will whimper while asleep. Is this normal? Is he dreaming yet?

Yes...: Making noise, wimpering, moving around are all normal while sleeping. Infants can and do dream; although, it is impossible to tell how complex these dreams are. Sounds like you should rest easy knowing that your baby is too. ...Read more

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Rarely when I'm falling asleep I get scared, almost as if I'm having a panic attack and I can't stop crying. What can this be? Anxiety?

Rarely when I'm falling asleep I get scared, almost as if I'm having a panic attack and I can't stop crying. What can this be? Anxiety?

There could be: Many different reasons for this. Going to sleep may remind you of a time when you were traumatized in the past. It could remind you of things you have repressed and do not therefore remember. The unconscious works in mysterious ways. In therapy you could try to analyze the dreams and makes sense of them. ...Read more

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Whenever im stressed or something doesn't go right, I will freek out cry, and then bang my head on things or bite myself why? Some nights ill fall asleep crying for no reason, and then wake up happy untill something else happens. But its almost a pshycot

Whenever im stressed or something doesn't go right, I will freek out cry, and then bang my head on things or bite myself why? Some nights ill fall asleep crying for no reason, and then wake up happy untill something else happens. But its almost a pshycot

This: This is not a normal reaction to stress. You should be evaluated by a mental health professional right away. You could be dealing with a psychiatric disorder. If you ever feel like hurting yourself or anyone else go to the emergency room or call 911. Please seek help soon. ...Read more

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My 4 wk old won't stop crying unless II let her fall asleep in my arms. Is it bad to leave her be and let her cry, or should I just carry her?

My 4 wk old won't stop crying unless II let her fall asleep in my arms. Is it bad to leave her be and let her cry, or should I just carry her?

If U plan to forever: A 4wk old does not know when she's sleeping or that sleep would help her fatigue. Parents who rock/cary infants have 3-4x sleep disturbances in kids the first 3 yrs of life. Your goal is to create a comfortable sleep zone/crib where baby feels safe. It should have light so baby can always recognize the place & some comforting sound. Bathe her to relax, place in crib & read to her from a distance. ...Read more

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Naps (Definition)

Napping is a normal part of a baby's sleep routine. They typically sleep more than 12 hours out of 24 throughout the first year, but not all of ...Read more


Dr. Alan Mease
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Crying (Definition)

Crying = release of tears ...Read more