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Sleep And Feeding Schedules For 5 Week Old Baby
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
My 5 week old baby doesn't sleep all day due to stomach cramps. She's on iberugast and probiotics but it's not helping. She's on novalac it1.
Rec doctor visit: Has she been seen by her family physician or pediatrician. I would certainly recommend it. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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 don't 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
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
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
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
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
Help 5 week old keep waking up every hour. Diaper clean, not crying, I feed her fall asleep on my breast once she's done. I put her down n wakes up 1h?
My 5 week old baby has colic, how does my diet affect him? Any recommendations in what to eat and not to eat?
Not much influence: Colic is more behavioral than diet. When they fuss they do so using their breathing muscle which draws their bely tight. Many assume they have indigestion which is where the label comes from, colic in horses. If a food makes you gassy it might add to babies gassiness & some do a trial avoiding dairy. I don't think either make much difference. When the kid reaches 4 mo or so it disappears in most. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
My 5 week old baby is eating less formula but there are no other changes and baby is happy. She only wants 1-3 oz (often 1-2) and will go 2-4 hours.?
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
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
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
My 5 week old baby has developed a cafe au lait spot on his face. Is there anything that can be done to remove it? If so, how old does he need to be?
Doubt it: You can consult with a dermatologist on the emerging treatments for skin lesions but I doubt you will find a good one. They can remove blood vessel marks deep in the skin with lasers that leave the surface alone, but café au lait spots are superficial & pigment related. Keep track of the size & number of these as they emerge & share this with his doc. ...Read more
My niece has a 5 week old baby with acid reflux... She's on Zantac (ranitidine) twice daily and she cries every night every hour for hours. What can she do??
I noticed that my 5 week old baby girl doesn't have the flap of skin under the tongue that holds it in place, should I be concerned?
Absolutely not: This lingual attachment really serves no purpose and varies from individual to individual. You can have the pediatrician take a look just to be sure (as we cannot actually examine her) and have her first dental appointment with a pedodontist when she is either one year old, or her first teeth erupt. Congratulations! ...Read more
5 week old baby gets gassy & fussy after eating so simalic sensitive. We were told to switch to nutramigem is this gonna hurt him if nonot the issue?
My 5 week old baby has come up in a dry bumpy rash all over his body but he is breastfeeding fine and his toilet routine is normal. How to treat it?
You should discuss: This with your infant's pediatrician. Without seeing the rash, it's impossible to advise you. Most rashes in infants are benign and will get better on their own. Atopic dermatitis / eczema can present anywhere on the body in infants. It's reassuring that your baby is feeding well with normal bowel routine, but you should have him or her seen by the pediatrician to determine what this is. :) ...Read more
Is it safe to give my 5 week old baby PediaVITD1ml/day even though he became inactive, sleepy/lethargy all day long when I gave him the med after birth?
Yes: If your are not bedridden or immobilized, there is no reason not to restart your birth control pills. 50% of women who are not breastfeeding on demand start ovulating again within 4 weeks after delivery, so your risk of pregnancy occurs prior to restarting your periods. RESTART YOUR BIRTH CONTROL PILLS NOW. ...Read more
My 5 week old baby has red spots and pimples all over her face. Her behaviour has not changed since she got them. Is this normal and will it go away?
Yes: It is extremely common for 4-5 week old babies to get a rash on their faces. It looks very bad, but usually doesn't bother the child at all and generally will disappear within a week or so. If your baby has other symptoms (pain, itching, fever, decreased appetite or increased sleepiness) it would be good to see your pediatrician to make sure the rash is not a sign of an infection or allergy. ...Read more