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Is it normal for a new born to grunt and gasp after a feeding or while sleeping ? What other noises are normal ? And what isnt ?

Is it normal for a new born to grunt and gasp after a feeding or while sleeping ? What other noises are normal ? And what isnt ?

MAY NOT BE NORMAL: Causes can be nasal blockage, choanal atresia (means complete non-canalization of nasal passage); congenital heart disease; lung problems; congenital laryngeal web; tracheo-esophageal fistula, etc. Check with the infant's pediatrician. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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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Can a newborn sleep too much?

Can a newborn sleep too much?

Possibly: A baby should have wakeful periods between feeds that increase as baby gets older. If you have to wake baby up to feed, even after 4 hours, there may time for concern. ...Read more

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Why does my newborn grunt?

Why does my newborn grunt?

Healthy otherwise ?: Newborns make a number of interesting sounds with their small rubbery airways. There are some worrisome conditions that could cause it.Most are just born with no social graces and don't really care if they wear a dirty outfit, have mussed hair, or make noises that would be considered improper in a social setting. Enjoy the symphony, it is part of a wondrous plan for growth and development. ...Read more

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Is it okay for my newborn to sleep in a crib?

Is it okay for my newborn to sleep in a crib?

Crib is ok: A crib is fine. It must meet safety standards so be careful of used cribs avoiding any built in the 1970's or earlier. Those have crib spindles/slats that are too widely spaced and may have lead paint. Also check for any mfg recalls. No bumpers, pillows, toys should be in the crib. A blanket snuggly swaddled around baby is fine but no other blankets. Check at www.Aap.Org for all crib safety tips. ...Read more

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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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Benign neonatal sleep myoclonus does it go away?

Benign neonatal sleep myoclonus does it go away?

BNSM: It is a benign condition and once the diagnosis is firmly established, it requires no treatment and generally disappears within the first year of life with only a few reports of it continuing longer into infancy, but not beyond. There are no known permanent complications. A main goal is early diagnosis to prevent unnecessary extensive medical diagnostics that can be expensive/disruptive to family. ...Read more

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If my newborn won’t sleep on her back, will she get sids?

If my newborn won’t sleep on her back, will she get sids?

Probably not: Fortunately, very few babies die of sids. Years ago in america, when babies slept on their tummies, about 3 babies out of every 1000 would die of sids. Nowadays, when babies sleep on their backs, about 1 to 1.5 babies per 1000 die of sids. So, the chances of not getting sids is better if sleeping on the back. Parents should talk with the doctor if a baby won't sleep on his/her back. ...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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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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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