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What is the longest to let a 6.5 week old baby cry. I am struggling to get her to go down for sleep. And want her to learn to self soothe.?

What is the longest to let a 6.5 week old baby cry.  I am struggling to get her to go down for sleep.  And want her to learn to self soothe.?

10-15 minutes: I am old school. For the first 4 months, don't let her cry for more than 10-15 minutes. After 4 months they have established eating and often sleep patterns and start solids. Then it is ok to let them cry a little longer to learn to self- soothe. The first few months, responding to their needs fosters positive things like feeling safe, confident, cared for. Listen to your instincts too! ...Read more

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5 week old baby with consistently sleep only in right eye, what is the cause? Since birth

5 week old baby with consistently sleep only in right eye, what is the cause? Since birth

Lacrimal system : Your child likely has a nasolacrimal duct occlusion. Keep the eye clean and perform crigler massage frequently. Description of massage technique can be found online. Most resolve with time but surgical correction is sometimes needed. ...Read more

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My 5 week old baby starts screaming whilst asleep for no reason what can it be?

My 5 week old baby starts screaming whilst asleep for no reason what can it be?

Is this recurrent or: a one time occurrence? If it's recurrent and he/she seems fine once awake, there probably is not anything physically wrong. Otherwise, it could be acid reflux, gas or one of several other reasons. Check and make sure there's not a hair stuck around any of his/her finger/toes....and please take him/her to his doctor to be checked if this continues. ...Read more

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I have a 5 week old newborn. He used to sleep through anything, loud noises, etc. Now he wakes so easily and isn't sleeping for as long? Normal?

I have a 5 week old newborn. He used to sleep through anything, loud noises, etc. Now he wakes so easily and isn't sleeping for as long? Normal?

Sleeping: Sleeping patterns often change in babies. Consistency is good. They often go through growth spurts and become more wakeful and need to eat more often. All the best. ...Read more

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I started giving my 5 week old baby infant Gaviscon two days ago. Since then, his poos have become quite solid. Is that ok? Thank you

I started giving my 5 week old baby infant Gaviscon two days ago. Since then, his poos have become quite solid. Is that ok? Thank you

Bowel Movements: Generally speaking, as long as your baby is reasonably comfortable while having a bowel movement, we don't have to worry to much about the form. ...Read more

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Suddenly my 5 week old baby boy wakes up and screams for milk at every hour. Used to be every 2 hours. Been feeding him formula.

Suddenly my 5 week old baby boy wakes up and screams for milk at every hour. Used to be every 2 hours. Been feeding him formula.

He may be : Going through a growth spurt. According to kellymom.Com "common times for growth spurts are during the first few days at home and around 7-10 days, 2-3 weeks, 4-6 weeks, 3 months, 4 months, 6 months and 9 months (more or less). " I am an oncologist, but have a 6 week old too :). Keep it up! ...Read more

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5 week old baby is constantly hungry. I've been breastfeeding him all day between 2 hour interval formula feeding.

5 week old baby is constantly hungry. I've been breastfeeding him all day between 2 hour interval  formula feeding.

Hungry baby: First of all do you have enough breast milk. Give your baby the breast. After20-30 minutes, if he takes more than 1-2 ounces you dont have enough breast milk. Secondly are you burping frequently, and third at five weeks he may have colic, in which case swaddle him or put him in a swing after feeding. ...Read more

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Why does 5 week old baby stomach make a lot of loud noises every time she eats a bottle no other time has a lot of gas during feeding had to put on soy?

Why does 5 week old baby stomach make a lot of loud noises every time she eats a bottle no other time has a lot of gas during feeding had to put on soy?

Swallowing gas: Sometimes infants swallow a lot of gas. Sometimes there are better nipples that decrease the amount of gas swallowed. Not sure soy is the answer. Sometimes infnats need liquid simethecone to absorb gas. While noise are not harmful, burping the infant enough may decrease gas coming out of the other end! ...Read more

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7 week old baby is often sleeping 4, sometimes 5 hours at night before waking. Should I wake him up after 3 hours to make sure he's feeding enough?

7 week old baby is often sleeping 4, sometimes 5 hours at night before waking.  Should I wake him up after 3 hours to make sure he's feeding enough?

No: A normal, happy, growing 7-week-old baby follows the saying, "Never wake a sleeping baby." Normal babies at this age who happen to sleep through the night will just eat more during the daytime. Normal babies at 3 months of age can sleep through the night, meaning a 6-7 hour stretch without needing a feeding. ...Read more

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My week old baby has been sleeping so much the last two days, and not eating as much per feeding. He hasn't been fussy but grunting a lot . Pooping n urinating just fine too. Is he ok? What's wrong?

My week old baby has been sleeping so much the last two days, and not eating as much per feeding. He hasn't been fussy but grunting a lot . Pooping n urinating just fine too. Is he ok? What's wrong?

Depends: Not sure what you mean by grunting but that word bothers me a bit. The sleep, eating and pooping sounds ok. Does his breathing sound ok? If concerned i would not hesitate to take your baby to the pediatrician . Grunting is not a normal baby sound but it might be just your description for a normal sound. ...Read more

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My 5 week old is still having seizure like activity, heaving breathing an gasping while sleeping, throwing up during/after feedings. Any explanation?!

My 5 week old is still having seizure like activity, heaving breathing an gasping while sleeping, throwing up during/after feedings. Any explanation?!

Seizures ???: You say still having seizure like activity.Has it been evaluated before ? Was it really ? Babies do a lot of distinctive movements and noises both awake & asleep that can be mistaken for a problem or they can have real issues. If you can record a video of what you are seeing take the kid in for an evaluation. If the kid doesn't do it during the visit at least your video can show what happens. ...Read more

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When will my 5 week old baby know who I am & start to have preferences of who he likes?

When will my 5 week old baby know who I am & start to have preferences of who he likes?

Your infant has: Already developed a preference for smelling your nipple pads, if you're nursing, & "knows" your voice. Procedural memory (remembering what it means when you settle in to nurse or when he sees a bottle) begins at 5 mos., leading to stranger anxiety @ 6 mos., when he recognizes strangers vs. Non-strangers. Customize the aap's healthy child app, also on aap.Org, for anticipatory guidance. ...Read more

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Can u give a 5 week old baby cereal mixed in with formula night?

Can u give a 5 week old baby cereal mixed in with formula night?

Why ?: Thickened formula is occasionally used as a treatment of reflux. It does not help a baby sleep longer.In fact, any feeding just prior to sleep trains a kid to need feeding to settle to sleep any time they awaken at night and increases the risk of a long term sleep disturbance by 400%. ...Read more

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My 5 week old baby is congested. What can I to help him breath better?

Saline drops: Saline drops are available over the counter. Put drops in one nostril, (3-10, until you hear him swallow), wait 30-60 sec, insert bulb syringe into nostril as far as it will go, and suction. Babies don't know how to blow their noses, but this will relieve the congestion. It's especially helpful before feeding or sleep and can be repeated as needed. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if it's harmful to give my 5 week old baby herbal teas?

Can you tell me if it's harmful to give my 5 week old baby herbal teas?

Please, Don't: There is nothing in herbal tea that your baby needs. Absolutely nothing. Your baby needs nothing but breast milk or formula for the first 6 months. The herbal tea industry is not well regulated and they are often contaminated with heavy metals, bacteria or other pathogens. And there is absolutely no evidence that they help with anything. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a 5 week old baby to have blue stools?

Is it normal for a 5 week old baby to have blue stools?

No, not blue: Babies do not normally have blue stools. The stools are usually yellow or yellow-green. Blue would be odd, so a parent can take a fresh diaper with the blue stool to the doctor to look at. The doctor will want to know if the baby is happy, what the baby is eating, and whether or not the blue color occurs with 2 different brands of diapers. ...Read more

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On average, how many ml of formula milk does a 5 week old baby need and how often?

Varies too much: If there are no medical problems to prevent breastfeeding, then breastfeeding is the goal. In nature, a mother would not and does not know how much a breastfed baby is eating. A 5-wk old eats when he wants to. That's the way it should be for normal, growing babies. Only if there is a problem do we calculate DAILY feedings (amounts vary greatly!!).... around 100-120 mL per kg of current weight. ...Read more

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My 7.5 week old baby forcefully threw her head back and hit it into my chest. She cried for a minute but was acting normal after. Is she okay?

My 7.5 week old baby forcefully threw her head back and hit it into my chest. She cried for a minute but was acting normal after. Is she okay?

Likely normal: The back of a babies head is made of thick bone and tolerates plenty of force.From the description you provide, I don't think it did any harm.It may have startled baby at the time, but if she's acting fine, just relax and enjoy. Its never easy with a baby. ...Read more

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