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Please explain why is it okay for young children to sleep on stomach but not adults?

Please explain why is it okay for young children to sleep on stomach but not adults?

An adult can sleep: On his/her stomach if desired. But sleeping on back or side have their benefits. Sleeping on your stomach usually requires you to have your head turned to the side for hours ; makes it difficult to keep the spine in a neutral position. It also puts pressure on joints ; muscles. Sleeping on your back can aid the head ; spine to maintain a neutral position. The next best is sleeping on the side. ...Read more

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Why is it okay for young children to sleep on stomach but not adults? I need some advice.

Why is it okay for young children to sleep on stomach but not adults? I need some advice.

Flexibility: Babies should sleep on their backs until they learn to roll over well on their own. Children sleep in all sorts of positions, mainly because they are more flexible than adults. As we age, our back muscles are strained more when we sleep on our abdomen, and can cause backaches. Sleeping on your side or back, with a pillow under the knees, keeps your back in a more neutral position. ...Read more

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Sleeping on stomach cause baby problems?

Sleeping on stomach cause baby problems?

Yes: Belly sleeping was popular in the us from the post wwi period until the 90"s. People thought it might prevent problems if they spit up. Unfortunately the oriental cultures (belly sleeping is taboo) had a better plan. Crib death has declined in the us by 40-50% since we recognized back sleeping was safer. After 4-5m, they will roll & sleep as they want.(this is past the period of most risk). ...Read more

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Is sleeping on stomach bad for someone's sciatica?

Position of comfort: Lying on the back with pillows under the knees and/or lying on the side with a pillow between the knees are often the best positions when dealing with back pain or sciatica. Unfortunately once you fall asleep you will have no control over how you are positioned. ...Read more

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Have pain in the lower intestine area after sleeping on stomach. Suggestions?

Have pain in the lower intestine area after sleeping on stomach. Suggestions?

Not sure: I'm not sure how you can feel pain in the lower intestine or if you are referring to the lower part of your stomach. Sleeping on your stomach can be tough for the back and occasionally back pain can be referred to other parts of the body. ...Read more

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Can costochondritis cause chest pain when sleeping on stomach?

Can costochondritis cause chest pain when sleeping on stomach?

Costochondritis : It depends which costochondral junction is involved, also the position you are lying---- in other words yes it can. ...Read more

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Sleeping on stomach; Uncomfortable in the morning (when muscles stretch/move/breathing). Had for a long time, know its not serious. what can cause thi?

Sleeping on stomach; Uncomfortable in the morning (when muscles stretch/move/breathing). Had for a long time, know its not serious. what can cause thi?

Sleep position: Sounds like your position/posture while sleeping is causing your morning discomfort. See if sleeping w/full body pillow helps (tho it might not be too sexy for 22yo guy). Or try sleeping on your back. If you do prefer sleeping on your stomach, try sleeping w/one leg or other bent at hip/knee. And try different pillows w/various amounts of neck support. ...Read more

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Often in the morning when I sleep and when I take a deep breath I feel pain in the lower lung area. (I mostly sleep on stomach). What could this be?

Often in the morning when I sleep and when I take a deep breath I feel pain in the lower lung area. (I mostly sleep on stomach). What could this be?

A few possibilities: It is hard to know for certain, but possibilities include gastric reflux, hiatal hernia, costochondritis. You could try an over the counter antacid for a week or so to see if it would help. ...Read more

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What causes stomach pain while sleeping on stomach sharp pain

What causes stomach pain while sleeping on stomach sharp pain

In : In order to answer your question i need a little bit more information. Is your pain only while sleeping? Is it only while laying on your stomach? Does it go away when you change position? Does it happen at any time? Is it worse after eating? Are you nauseous or vomiting? How long has this been going on? Please resubmit with answers. Thank you. ...Read more

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What causes disk bulges in upper cervical spine? Could it be from sleeping on stomach? What's the treatment?

What causes disk bulges in upper  cervical spine? Could it be from sleeping on stomach? What's the treatment?

Disc bulges: Are early degenerative changes of the intervertebral disc primary cause is time and genetics not caused by sleeping position frequently found in the asymptomatic 30% ...Read more

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I wake up from sleep my stomach hurts from hunger & I have to eat anything, lately even when i eat, my throat still contracts painfully what is that ?

I wake up from sleep my stomach hurts from hunger & I have to eat anything, lately even when i eat, my throat still contracts painfully what is that ?

Hard to say: Could be bad reflux with pain from the acid being improved by having food to "occupy" the acid. It can also cause esophageal pain / spasm. Try Prilosec (generic ok) in evenings for 10-14 days and see if resolves situation. If not, see dr for exam & to consider other causes. ...Read more

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Stomach pain while sleeping on stomach. Will go away when i change positions to my side or back . Hurts like a cramp.

Stomach pain while sleeping on stomach. Will go away when i change positions to my side or back . Hurts like a cramp.

Stomach pain: If you only feel a cramping like stomach pain when sleeping on your stomach, but at no other time, then i doubt that what you report is significant. It might well be just some muscle cramping pain due to being in a position that your body does not like. ...Read more

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May I have a stomach ulcer was drinking one night woke up in the middle of my sleep major stomach pain. Lately 1 drink a night for about 2 weeks?

May I have a stomach ulcer was drinking one night woke up in the middle of my sleep major stomach pain.  Lately 1 drink a night for about 2 weeks?

Did the stomach pain: Completely resolve after drinking alcohol on one night? If it is on-going than please have this evaluated. Can't diagnose based on the information available. ...Read more

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I have back pain worsened by rest comfortable only by sleeping on stomach with pillow under hips. History of Crohn's and discectomy at L4, L5 . AS?

I have back pain worsened by rest comfortable only by sleeping on stomach with pillow under hips. History of Crohn's and discectomy at L4, L5 .  AS?

Complex situation.: From your description, it is hard to know if your back pain is mechanical in nature or is perhaps related to your Crohn's disease. And yes, ankylosing spondylitis is a potential diagnosis also, although it is more common in men. I feel you should be seen by your doctor. I don't think we can do more than guesss on here without more reliable data. Good luck. ...Read more

Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more