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Sleep Patterns Babies

Introduction An average newborn sleeps much of the day and night, waking only for feeds. A newborn baby cannot distinguish night and day and may sleep as long as 16 hours a day, in 2-4 hour stretches, between meals. Sleep patterns Each baby is a unique individual with his own …

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Excessive Crying

Introduction Excessive crying in newborns and young infants is a common problem for most parents. Crying is your baby’s way of communicating with you that something is not right with him. Signs & symptoms Babies usually cry when : Hungry or thirsty. Sleepy or tired. Cold or wet. Want to …

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Preterm Babies

When is a baby considered preterm? Most babies are born at around 40 weeks of gestation. Babies are considered term if born between 37 and 42 weeks. If born before 37 weeks they are considered preterm. Are many babies born preterm? Incidence of prematurity varies in different countries. About 8% …

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