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Doctor insights on: Why Do Babies Turn Their Heads From Side To Side Rapidly When They Are Sleeping

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Do babies get flat spots on their heads if they sleep on their backs?

Do babies get flat spots on their heads if they sleep on their backs?

Yes: Some babies develop a flattened head (positional plagiocephaly) due to spending a lot of time on their backs. The soft bones of the scalp facilitate brain growth during the first year and can be molded during this time. Make sure to rotate sleeping positions and give your baby supervised tummy time while awake. ...Read more

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My head and face gets horribly deformed permanently like infant head every time i sleep i was born perfectly fine till puberty where it started im20.?

My head and face gets horribly deformed permanently like infant head every time i sleep i was born perfectly fine till puberty where it started im20.?

Anxiety Disorder: If your face becomes like a "baby face", there is nothing to be worried about! as a matter of fact many women spend thousands of dollars in order to get "baby face". So, look into your general wellbeing and see: "how are you?" are you happy in you life? If not; why? What is between you ; happiness? Now, "acne" is a treatable condition. I am sure when you are treated properly, you will feel fine. ...Read more

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My infant 9 m old head most of the time sweats while sleeping in night.is it normal?what r the possible reasons

My infant 9 m old head most of the time sweats while sleeping in night.is it normal?what r the possible reasons

Sweaty infant: Many babies are over bundled due to fear of the child getting cold. This can cause overheating and increase the risk of SIDS. Your infant should wear the same amount of clothes as you. Monitor baby carefully for blue and cold fingers and toes. Don't use too many blankets. Here's a good hand-out: http://www.nih.gov/news/health/nov2010/nichd-02.htm (If that doesn't solve it, see your pediatrician). ...Read more

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Recently, I am having headche in front of my forehead and above my head and its associated with teeth pain. I don't sleep well from my new infant. Help?

Recently, I am having headche in front of my forehead and above my head and its associated with teeth pain. I don't sleep well from my new infant. Help?

Stress related pain: Sometimes headaches, tooth pain, etc can all be associated with a category of pain called myofascial pain. This type of pain tends to be present more often with stress, like getting lack of sleep or other of life's pressures. An endodontist might be hepful in evaluating the teeth to rule out a source there. He might be able to provide a referral to a medical doctor, too. ...Read more

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My husband tosses his head from side to side during sleep. I was pondering what that is called?

My husband tosses his head from side to side during sleep. I was pondering what that is called?

Sleep head rocking: This is a rhythmic movement disorder, previously known by the latin term "jactatio capitis nocturna". It is seen more frequently in children, though it sometimes persists into adulthood. An experience sleep specialist may be able to suggest possible remedies. ...Read more

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My baby now is sleeping on his side and seems to be causing his flat head to worsen. What should I do?

My baby now is sleeping on his side and seems to be causing his flat head to worsen. What should I do?

Be patient : It is difficult and sometimes dangerous to force your baby to sleep in certain positions, the best you can do is to make the crib safe, use good sleep hygiene techniques - cool bedroom, quiet area to sleep, no super late feedings, same routine before bed to quiet baby down every night, a lot of patience, and review your baby's head shape with your pediatrician regularly. Helmets are NOT good idea ...Read more

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Why is the right side of my baby's head flat? He prefers to sleep on that side. The right side of his forehead sticks out a little too.

Why is the right side of my baby's head flat? He prefers to sleep on that side. The right side of his forehead sticks out a little too.

Water balloon: If you remember, a water balloon is always flat on side it lays on. A baby's skull has "floating" bones that push away from each other as they grow larger until they are ready to knit/fuse.This makes it like a water balloon because gravity treats it the same. Your doc needs to examine the baby. Position changes and therapy can help.The issue tends to fade when babies sit up more/sleep less. ...Read more

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Why does my wife toss her head side to side in her sleep?

Why does my wife toss her head side to side in her sleep?

Dreaming?: She should be seen, and have a sleep study. It may be just having vivid dreams, even if she does not remember them, but a sleep study will help delineate if she has a problem. ...Read more