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Why Does Newborn Baby Smile In There Sleep
Safety issue: In the 90's the world data showed higher rates of crib death in all cultures that belly slept their babies. After the "Back to sleep" campaign has been in effect in the US, the crib death rate has fallen 40% in most populations studied. The can sleep on their tummy, but I would never suggest it unless there was a specific medical condition where they must. ...Read more
Total sleep time: Is ~18 hours/day, in 2-4 hour naps. Infants have more rem sleep than adults. Co-sleeping increases chances of parents' misinterpreting brief arousals as awakenings requiring feeds. To promote consolidation of sleep, stable pm bedtime, appropriate sleep associations (falling asleep in own bed in own room), & allowing self-regulation ( infant calms himself back to sleep) should be in place by 3 mo. ...Read more
No more than 2 hrs: Try not to let your baby sleep more than two hours straight during the daytime, even if they were up the previous night. Babies can flip their day/night pattern if you do. Try to get seven to eight feedings in during the day and you might get extra sleep at night. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No pattern...: You really can't make a real pattern with newborns. It's not how they are built. Babies can't follow patterns or think yet. They simply follow body cues - hunger, sleepiness, dirty diaper, etc... So babies eat and sleep on demand and can better establish a pattern at 3-4 months. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Newborn Snoring: Newborns have periodic breathing, that is, frequent pauses and gaps in breathing. As long as lip / skin color stays nice and pink, indicating good airflow, no need to do anything at all. If snoring seems to be affecting quality of sleep or there are any changes in skin color, go see your child's pediatrician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Consistency: Consistent bedtime routines, even at this young age, will help your newborn sleep better as an older baby and toddler. Many parents find a warm bath, massage, songs, rocking and feeding are good bedtime routines. Try to start the routine around the same time each evening. It takes practice but eventually your little one will come to expect this and will associate this with going to bed easily. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Very benign: Neonatal sleep myoclonus occurs in infants up to 2- 3 months of age. They grow out of it after that without any residuals or consequences. This seizure like activities may be confused with real seizures. But this clonus occurs only when babies are asleep, and stops jerking movement when you wake them up, and usually all 4 extremities, arms and legs jerk. ...Read more
Bought Sena Nuna mini for sleeping. Has crease down middle so mattress can fold and be portable. Can sleeping on crease harm newborn baby?
Y my newborn baby can't sleep at nights? Can this be bc of reflux? What can i do?She coughs sometimes and today she vomited is it a cause of concern?
Could be: Babies in the first few weeks should sleep a lot (20 hours per day) so if your newborn is not sleeping then yes, I would be concerned. If your baby is under a week old it is a little early for reflux unless the baby is overfeeding. Cough can be a sign of reflux but generally I think cough in a newborn should be evaluated by a doctor sooner than later. So my advice is to see your doctor soon ...Read more
Our newborn was waking up every hour the first 2 nights. A baby nurse had put him to sleep on his side and he slept 3, was this a mistake due 2 sids?
Worrisome: The last data I reviewed show side sleeping as risky as belly sleeping in the first 4 months of life.Unfortunately, if you pattern a baby to side or belly sleep in the first few days of life, they may resist back sleeping.During the early years of "back to sleep" I threatened to have baby nurses fired if I ever saw a newborn in these positions, it stopped and my babies accepted back sleep ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hard to say: It is accepted by most in the health care field that babies should definitely sleep on their back because it is felt to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. Long ago, i was taught that babies that slept on their backs had a higher incidence of scoliosis as infants than those that sleep on their stomachs, but it is not really believed anymore. Thank you for the question. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Obstructed nose: Infants are nose breathers but breath through their mouth when the nose is plugged (mucous). The mouth may get dry doing this. But one should make sure the infant's nose is patent (unobstructed). Sometimes Normal Saline or ayers nose drops/spray may help. ...Read more
How can I make my newborn sleep well and star to sleep like us longer at night I mean? She is a lovely 42 days old baby girl
Sleep routine: Develop a great sleep routine right from the start. Try this: feeding, bath, a book (yes a book for a one month old) and a little rocking or singing. The body has wonderful built in rhythms, we just have to tap into them. Also note, that most babies do not sleep through the night until they are older than 6 months old. Most wake up at least once until then. ...Read more
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