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How can I feel confident that my sleeping baby is ok?

How can I feel confident that my sleeping baby is ok?

Good parenting: You cannot stay awake 24 hours a day to watch your baby. You can remember to lay the baby on his or her back when putting to bed. Make sure blankets are not too excessive or fluffy, and be careful of the quality of bedding. Good ventiliation in the bedroom and a normal temperature is also important- not too hot or too cold. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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Can I breastfeed a sleeping baby?

Can I breastfeed a sleeping baby?

Breast feeding?: If he is not hungry, he will not drink, in addition if he is sleeping why u don't let him sleep and when he wakes up u can feed him? ...Read more

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I have read that u shouldn't wake a sleeping baby, but after birth the nurses pretty much make u wake and feed them. Why? What should u say to them?

I have read that u shouldn't wake a sleeping baby, but after birth the nurses pretty much make u wake and feed them. Why? What should u say to them?

Let the Baby Sleep: I believe that babies are hardwired to wake up for feedings when hungry, when they are full term. As others mentioned, there are fads regarding feeding that seem to, at times, ignore nature.
Do not worry, but consult your pediatrician for advice. ...Read more

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Do I need to wake up a sleeping baby to take medication? 5 months old baby taking therapies for asthma.

Do I need to wake up a sleeping baby to take medication? 5 months old baby taking therapies for asthma.

No: If the baby is sleeping peacefully, breathing easy and not coughing then you do not have to wake him up to give asthma treatment. If the baby is working hard to breathe, grunting or coughing then yes, wake him up and give him a treatment. Talk to your doctor in the morning about what he/she wants you to do in these situations in the future. ...Read more

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Hi... I had an ultrasound and the tech used a vibrator to wake my sleeping baby up... "IS THAT A SAFE METHOD FOR THE BABY"????

Hi... I had an ultrasound and the tech used a vibrator to wake my sleeping baby up... "IS THAT A SAFE METHOD FOR THE BABY"????

Yes: Ultrasound has been used and studied in depth for more than 4 decades. It has no negative effects on the fetus. For a tech to get enough views of the babies body parts it may move the probe into a variety of positions and use other tricks to complete the study. It is no more invasive to baby than you rolling over in your sleep. ...Read more

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I used my iPhone's led flash light to check my sleeping baby. It was close range and I lingered for 20ish secs by his zipper and button...eye damage?

I used my iPhone's led flash light to check my sleeping baby. It was close range and I lingered for 20ish secs by his zipper and button...eye damage?

No: It shouldn't be a problem, and your baby 's eyes were shut, and it would shut physiologically to protect him/her from any harm, wish you both wellness ...Read more

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What causes a child to grind their teeth while sleeping? Baby teeth were ground down. I worry now about adult teeth. The child is 8.

What causes a child to grind their teeth while sleeping? Baby teeth were ground down. I worry now about adult teeth. The child is 8.

Sleep bruxism: The cause (s) of bruxism are not fully understood. Causes include stress and anxiety, sleep disorder, misalignment of teeth, aggressive or hyperactive personality. Give that baby teeth were ground down, I would recommend you see a pediatric dentist to evaluate the integrity of your 8 yr olds permanent teeth and strategies to keep your childs adult teeth intact. ...Read more

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Does pre-seed lubricant help to conceive and if yes how? Can I use it 6 weeks after a 22 weeks sleeping baby. When will my period return after birth

Does pre-seed lubricant help to conceive and if yes how? Can I use it 6 weeks after a 22 weeks sleeping baby. When will my period return after birth

Preseed: Preseed will not help with improving chance of pregnancy. However, unlike other lubricants, does not affect sperm negatively, therefore will not hamper your chances of conceiving. ...Read more

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Do I need to wake up a sleeping baby for liquids? Fever of 101.6 has had stomach issues & vomit day before due to intolerance. Finally sleeping.

Do I need to wake up a sleeping baby for liquids? Fever of 101.6 has had stomach issues & vomit day before due to intolerance. Finally sleeping.

Vomiting & fever is: More likely a viral gastroenteritis, as a lactose or other complex sugar intolerance does not cause fever. If the baby is > 2 months old, is able to keep down Pedialyte, has wet diapers, is alert when awake, & feels better after the appropriate dose of Tylenol (acetaminophen) for rectal Temp > 100.4, letting him sleep is okay. ...Read more

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Want tips on how to make an infant sleep?

Help settle: You can't " make" a child eat, sleep or use the potty. Do what dr. Carlin recommended, wipe out baby's mouth after the last feed & put him in his crib in his own room, drowsy but awake at the same time every night. Most healthy infants don't need a middle of the night feed after 6 months, when night waking becomes a learned behavior. American academy of pediatrics has a good book on birth-5. ...Read more

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First month how long should babies sleep for?

First month how long should babies sleep for?

At least 12-14 hours: Oftena new baby will sleep one extended period about 6-8 hours or longer at night and then have two long naps 2-4 hours in the am and in the afternoon. There may be 1-3 or more shorter naps as well. ...Read more

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Please give advice on how to put babies to sleep?

Please give advice on how to put babies to sleep?

Peacefully: Slow things down, be sure baby is full, dry and gently rock to sleep. Keep it quiet with low lights. Sometimes soft music or natyre sounds like suf, rain, etc are also helpful. ...Read more

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Infant sleeping a lot suddenly, normal?

Possibly: If the baby is otherwise fine it could occur during a rapid growth spurt or related to dropping a nap. If there are other symptoms such as decreased appetite or fever or this situation persists call your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Do babies go into sleep mode before labor?

Do babies go into sleep mode before labor?

Hard to say: Babies "mode" during labor would be hard to study. Sleep states are generally documented by eeg study, which is impossible in labor. Labor itself can vary in length from a few hours to a day or more and I doubt baby would be aleart or asleep for it all. Moms note fetal movements between contractions at various stages of labor, but movement can occur in sleep. Just list this as an unknown. ...Read more

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Why do new borns and babies sleep so much?

Why do new borns and babies sleep so much?

Need for growth/dvp: Infants have few needs for function. They need to be awake for feeding and it helps you bond if they acknowledge you, but their main job is to grow bigger and dramatically improve control over their marvelous body. This takes sleep and nutrition.As they enter their teen years again they grow faster and need more sleep, while adults may get by on little. Its all part of the balance in human growth. ...Read more

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Do babies breath extra fast when they sleep?

Do babies breath extra fast when they sleep?

No: Typically a baby does not breath faster when he or she is sleeping. In fact a lot of times breathing is slower when they are sleeping. ...Read more

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Do big babies sleep better than other babies?

Do big babies sleep better than other babies?

No: To my knowledge, the size of the baby at birth does not necessarily effect length of sleep time. ...Read more

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What should a sleeping babies saturations be?

What should a sleeping babies saturations be?

Generally over 94%: Oxygen saturation usually drops in normal individuals during sleep, but only for a brief period of time. In general it should remain in the mid to upper 90's. Anything less should be investigated further by the doctor for things like obstructive or central sleep apnea, or acute or chronic lung disease. ...Read more