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Video:When to Be Concerned About Newborn Sleep

with Holly Deambrosi

Learn when to be concerned about newborn sleep so that you can distinguish between normal interruptions of a newborn's sleep cycle and when you need to talk to a pediatrician. Here are some tips on when to be concerned about newborn sleep.See Transcript

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Transcript:When to Be Concerned About Newborn Sleep

Hi, I'm Holly Deambrosi for About.com. It's natural for parents of infants to think about their little ones constantly.

Some parents suddenly become very light sleepers because every sound from their sleeping newborn gets their attention. Many newborn sleep issues turn out to be non-issues, but there are some sleep situations that would be good for you to know about.

Be Concerned About Newborn Sleep if Babies Are Too Warm

Some parents wonder how warm their babies should be. Keep your baby warm, but not too warm. Although warmth is vital for good sleep for your newborn, some SIDS cases have been linked to excessive heat. Parents often follow the rule of thumb that newborns need one more layer of clothing than what the parents are wearing in the same room.

Some parents are frustrated that their sleeping babies always seem to wake up right after they put their babies in the crib. This often happens when the baby is still in a lighter phase of sleep. You may be really tired, but consider rocking your baby until he is in a deeper phase of sleep.

Ask Your Pediatrician About When to Be Concerned About Newborn Sleep

There are some situations that may not be a serious problem but would be helpful to ask a pediatrician about. The normal amount of sleep for a newborn can range from 13 to 19 hours per day. If your baby is getting more or less sleep, it may not be a problem, but ask a pediatrician

Also, it doesn't hurt to talk to your pediatrician if it's especially challenging to wake your baby or if he is especially fussy when you put him down to sleep.

Be Concerned About Newborn Sleep When Dealing With Sleep Apnea

One of the most serious sleep issues is sleep apnea, which refers to a stop in breathing during sleep. Now, many babies experience periodic breathing, which is normal. Babies can experience periodic breathing for 5 to 10 percent of their sleep time.

In periodic breathing, babies often go through a cycle of breathing more quickly, pausing for a maximum of 15 seconds, and then continuing with regular breathing. If the baby pauses his breathing for more than 15 seconds, he may have sleep apnea.

If the baby does not respond when you nudge him, call 911 right away. He may also turn a bluish color if he is not getting the oxygen he needs. If your baby has not had an emergency but you think that he may have sleep apnea, talk to your pediatrician about it. The good news is that for issues other than sleep apnea, most parents don't need to worry as much they think they do.

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