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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

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How long should 6 month old babies sleep a day

How long should 6 month old babies sleep a day

14 hours: Babies need about 14 hours of sleep per day at 6 months, of course spread out over the night and naps during the day. ...Read more

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How long do two to four month old babies sleep?

How long do two to four month old babies sleep?

6-8 hours: A four month old baby can sleep from 10 pm to 6 am. Up until four months a baby will usually be up once between 10 pm and 6 am. If a baby is not sleeping through the night by 4 months then I discuss with parents how to achieve that. A baby sleeping in your room or in your bed may not easily sleep all night. ...Read more

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My infant won't sleep in basinette what should I do?

My infant won't sleep in basinette what should I do?

Drowsy but awake: Self soothing is a valuable skill that babies learn as newborns, when parents put them down drowsy but awake. When we hold babies until asleep, they associate parent's heartbeat, voice, rocking with sleep. Without those cues they can't fall asleep. Started as newborns, most babies learn to put themselves to sleep in 5-10", older children take longer to learn to self soothe-up to 60". ...Read more

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Is it ok to put multiple babies in one crib to sleep?

Is it ok to put multiple babies in one crib to sleep?

Avoid co-bedding: Placing several babies in a single crib (aka co-bedding) increases the likelihood that none of them will get a good night's sleep. Co-bedding is also a major risk factor for sudden unexplained infant death (suid). So it is better, if possible, to provide a designated, segregated spot for each baby in order to guarantee uninterrupted sleep for the infant. ...Read more

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Where should our infant sleep when we stay in a hotel?

Where should our infant sleep when we stay in a hotel?

Hotels have cribs: Travelers can ask for a baby crib at hotels. Just check the crib to be sure it is safe. Babies can also sleep in a foldable playpen (be sure the playpen is set up safely, and won't collapse or tangle up the baby). Before going to bed, learn the fire exit routes, in case guests have to evacuate in the darkness of night. ...Read more

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What is the best way to change an infant's sleep cycle?

What is the best way to change an infant's sleep cycle?

With a tired changer: Most infants sleep, eat, poop and pee because of their very basic needs and underdeveloped nervous system. They have to learn everything. They develope patterns just like adults. To change a pattern you have to do the same thing over and over for 21 days. When you want the baby to sleep don't respond to their requests so quickly let them lay. Wake them up at the time you want them up.. ...More. ...Read more

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Do babies sleep better when it's hot or when it's cool?

Either: Aim for a temperature that you are comfortable in. Avoid drafty areas. ...Read more

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How do I prevent my infant from self-turning to sleep on it side?

Back is best: The back to sleep campaign that started in the 90's brought a 40% drop in crib death rates in the us. After initial resistance, most have come to understand it's value. Thankfully, the most vulnerable period has passed when kids can roll and turn over. Positioners, wedges and other items offered to stop this are unreliable. Infants should be on a firm mattress with no pillows, blankets or bumpers. ...Read more