General Practice 2022

Bebê restless sleep: what can it be and what to do

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Bebê restless sleep: what can it be and what to do
Bebê restless sleep: what can it be and what to do

Some babies may have a more restless sleep, which can happen due to increased stimuli during the night, becoming more awake, or happen as a consequence of he alth situations, such as colic and reflux, for example.

The newborn baby's sleep routine during the first month of life is related to feeding and diaper changes. During this phase, sleep is usually calm and can last between 14 to 17 hours a day, waking up every 3 to 4 hours. However, even if the baby is sleeping for many hours, it is important that the baby is woken up to be fed and the diaper changed.

The number of hours slept per day begins to decrease from the 4th month of life onwards, which is when the baby begins to produce melatonin, which is the hormone responsible for regulating it, being able to sleep between 12 and 15 hours during this period. per day.

What can be

When the baby has difficulty sleeping, easy and constant crying and a very restless night's sleep, it may be indicative of some changes that should be investigated by the pediatrician and treated in the best way. Some of the main situations that lead to a more restless sleep of the baby are:

  • Many stimuli during the night and few during the day;
  • Cramping;
  • Reflow;
  • Respiratory changes;
  • Parasomnia, which is a sleep disorder;

Newborn baby sleep hours, in the first month of life, take up most of the day, as the baby sleeps about 14 to 17 hours a day, however, the baby can stay awake for up to 1 or 2 hours in a row and wake up every 3 or 4 hours, for example, and this can happen during the night.

The sleep time of the newborn baby usually varies according to the food. A breast-fed baby usually wakes up every 2 to 3 hours to feed, while a bottle-fed baby usually wakes up every 4 hours.

What to do for peaceful sleep

To make the baby sleep less restless, it is important that some strategies are adopted during the day and night to favor the baby's rest. This way it is recommended:

  • Keep the house lit throughout the day and reduce the light intensity at night;
  • Play with baby as much as possible during the day;
  • Wake the baby up during feedings, talking and singing to him;
  • Do not avoid making noises, such as the phone, talking or vacuuming the house, even if the baby is sleeping during the day. However, noises should be avoided at night;
  • Avoid playing with the baby at night;
  • Keep the environment dark at the end of the day, only turning on a night light when feeding the baby or changing the diaper.

These strategies teach the baby to distinguish day from night, controlling her sleep.In addition, in case the restless sleep is due to reflux, colic or another he alth situation, it is important to follow the pediatrician's advice, being important to burp the baby after breastfeeding, or bend the baby's knees and take them to the belly pressing, for example. Check out more tips on how to help your baby sleep.

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