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Baby Medical Q&A, Issue #101 Update on FAQs
March 01, 2015
Welcome to another edition of Baby Medical Q&A News.
Frequently Asked Questions - updateThis month, I thought I would share some questions that I've been asked - and my answers, of course.
There tend to be themes in the questions I'm asked so I think it is useful to share them from time to time.
Baby sleep issuesQuestion
My baby does not sleep much during a 24 hr period. He is 2 months old. My baby sleeps on average 8 to 9 hrs a day, all in very short periods. At night he sleeps in short periods. His burp pattern is very labored. I've tried giving him gas relief medicine and heart burn medicine, none have made much difference.
My first baby was a very poor sleeper. We did not use a pacifier for our first child, now we use a pacifier. Using the pacifier seems to at least keep him calm and not crying and gasping for air.
We live in a very warm climate with no air conditioning. We have not swaddled him because of how hot it can be. He seems to startle easily. Passing gas and burping takes sometimes an hour. I am getting no good sleep. I am nursing and watch what I eat so much that I am not eating anything but rice, miso soup, fish, carrots. Everything seems to cause him to struggle to pass gas and burp easily after nursing.
Any suggestions to help me help to sleep more at one time especially at night. I also have a 3 yr old. My mother and mother in law have been helping me so I can sleep during the day. Soon I will be alone without help during the day so I can take a nap. I need my rest so I function. Any suggestions. Thank you for any ideas.
It sounds as if you are pretty tired. Babies usually sleep a bit longer than your baby at 2 months but all babies are different. There are strategies for getting your baby to have healthy sleep patterns that I outline in my Sleep Book.
Will it or can it cause harm for a toddler under
2yrs of age to have 2 sets of shots that are the same within a 4 week period?
She was behind had 4 or 5 shots and then was taken to a
different Dr by a
foster care provider and they gave her the same shots over again!
Usually you need to wait between shots to get them to work properly. It depends what shots were given but it probably hasn't harmed your baby by having an extra set but the extra set won't count, so if it was the 2nd shot in a series of 3, then even though your child has had 3 doses, it will only count as 2. Wait the appropriate time before the next shots but don't ignore the next ones because you think your child has had an extra set. I hope this is clear. Your doctor will be able to reinforce this.
'Double jointed' babyQuestion
My son is 3 and a half years old. While carrying him he tends to
arms towards his back. My parents seem to think he is just double-jointed since I am. Is this something I should be concerned about or is he just simply a hypermobile baby?
Babies can be quite flexible.
As long as the joints don't dislocate, there are no concerns. Dislocation (or subluxation which is not quite as severe) would cause a clunking at the joint. If you hear this, see your doctor.
Hello, my 7 weeks old baby has been on a routine for a while. She's
been eating every four
hours and I'm breastfeeding her. Her bowel movements have been daily at least
once every day and I have been feeding her for around 20-25 min in every
breast. A couple of days ago she started eating less (like 5-10 min only) and
crying when a put her back on my breast. She's not sleeping through either,
waking up at least twice in between feeds. She looks uncomfortable while I'm
feeding her and I'm concern she's not eating enough. What can I do?
The first thing to check with babies is that they don't have an illness, usually an infection, which will cause them to feed less well. If your baby seems very well between episodes of being distressed, an infection is less likely. However, if you are worried you need to seek medical attention.
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