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Why Does My Baby Grunt In His Sleep
Grunting: Grunting if true, is a sign of respiratory distress in infants. By grunting, infants are applying brakes to their exhalation so that the lungs do not completely empty their air. Grunting helps to maintain a positive pressure in the lungs and hence keep the lungs inflated. It is usually seen with pneumonia, excessive fluids in the lungs and other conditions when the lungs become stiff. ...Read more
Why?: Babies make a number of distinct noises that mean nothing. They have no social conscience so they don't know which noises you consider worrisome or offensive. Often such grunting aids them in propelling food along the digestive tract (their breathing muscle is strong). If the kid is otherwise feeding/resting/playing & seems fine, just ignore it unless you think the kid has other signs of illness. ...Read more
My baby is 4wks4days n is always grunting and straining to where she is pur red even in her sleep what can I do to give her relief n a good sleep?
She's sleeping ok: Babies have many more sleep cycles/ night than adults & make those noises & movements in light sleep. Put her on her back to reduce risk of sids, drowsy but awake, to fall asleep in her own crib in her own room & she'll cosolidate sleep between 1-4 mos. Up to 6 hrs. Set a bedtime & routine; read, cuddle, wipe out her mouth after the last feed, even now. Get some sleep! Www. Aap. Org explains why. ...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 6 week old baby grunts and squirms while she's sleep and she spits up threw both her mouth and nose causing her to choke. Does she have acid reflux?
GERD?: See peds. To DX baby. Put her on a sitting position to see if still vomits. ...Read more
Depends.: It depends on the type of noise. It could be normal dreams, sinus problem or people with obstructive sleep apnea will make noises, gasping for air as they have a very difficult time breathing or inhaling enough throughout the night. This is a serious medical condition that should be determined and addressed appropriately as this places extreme stress on the body. See a physician for evaluation. ...Read more
Is it normal for a new born to grunt and gasp after a feeding or while sleeping? What other noises are normal? And what isnt?
My 33 weeker preemie is 3 weeks plus old now. She grunts a lot while sleeping or eating land turns red like she's in pain or something. Is it normal?
Yes: She would likely do the same if born at term. Babies make a lot of odd noises in various stages of sleep or alertness. As long as she is gradually gaining weight and maintaining a good feeding pattern she is likely fine. Poor feeding is one of the early signs of what may be a problem. ...Read more
3yr old disturbed sleep twitches holds breathe throws himself around bed grunting noises what can make him like this?
2 yr old with 102.7 temp. Very irritable. Won't drink. And has purple bags under her eyes. She tries to sleep but tosses turns moans and grunts.
Doc immediately: Your daughter is sick. Take her to the doctor rimmediately. ...Read more
My LO is 4 weeks old and she is grunting and straining all night and all day. When I put her to sleep she is fine for one hour but after that she starts grunting and straining. I tried giving her gas drops and gripe water but I guess this helped only for
May be her normal: Infants often make odd sounds and seem to strain in the usual course of their day. If she is feeding, sleeping, stooling and growing okay I would not assume she is in pain. If the process bothers you enough, have her doc examine her to see if there is any issues to treat, if not, let her be. ...Read more
My 6 week old son grunts and strains through the night.... Should I be worried? He is exclusively breast fed, swaddled and sleeping n a swing
Yes: He might have a floppy airways if sleeps on his belly relief the symptoms. Get evaluation at your pediatric office or get an ENT referral. ...Read more
Post psych meds im no longer able to sleep if I try to fall asleep I wake up right before and shake leg. Also feel breathless and grunt in pain &shock?
Problems: Did you taper off your medications or stop them cold turkey? Don't know which psychiatric medications you were on. But stopping some can lead to a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor discontinuation syndrome. The electric shocks can also occur w coming off of some ssri's. Please discuss this w your treating psychiatrist. A slower taper is often helpful. In the meantime practice good sleep >>>. ...Read more
My 8 month old all of a sudden got runny nose & really congested. He finally got to sleep but is grunting every now&then after inhaling. Er?
Sounds like viral upper respiratory tract infection. Inspiratory grunting or stridor can be due to vocal cord or laryngeal involvement.
Keep nasal passage clear, use bulb syringe to suck mucous, extra fluid to drink. Can use a humidifier or Vicks vaporizer.
If barking cough, steam inhalation, take to bathroom, open hot shower, keep him there for 15 min.
If respiratory distress take him to er. ...Read more
Hello my 3 yr old is always clearing his throat grunting he has been put on allergy med and reflux med still does it never does it when sleeping?
Habit cough?: It's a kind of a tic, like twitching an eye but with voice, and we see it a lot in kids. Reflux tends to be worse during sleep, and allergy is usually the same, but any activity that disappears during sleep is most probably behavioral in origin. Keep in mind that tics get WORSE if you notice them; ask your pediatrician at the next visit if tic is a possibility here. ...Read more
Yes: There perhaps is something about recreating that intrauterine environment which some infants find most comforting--swaddling. Neatly tucking a baby into a pea pod shaped bundle can provide security and warmth unlike anything else. So, once all snuggled in, sleep can not help but to come much more easily. Try it, you will like it...And so will baby! ...Read more
Yes: Some parents prefer natural fibers like cotton, but polyester is fine. Unlike cotton, if it catches fire, it melts rather than burns. That's the main safety difference. Poly tends to be less breathable or moisture absorbent than cotton, but it also depends on the type of fabric. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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