A mother is always comfortable and feels good when she looks at her innocent sleeping star. Mothers prefer to see their baby taking rest most of the time. From birth to six month and up to one year or more, a baby keeps on changing his sleeping habits and pattern. A mother keeps an eye on her baby whether he is comfortable or not. She observes all the habits of her baby to facilitate him.
Some of the habits that are normally observed by the babies are enumerated here and further explained. Mothers should keep it in mind that these habits are normal up to an extent but they need to learn more while they have to take action.
- Breathing with pauses
- Snorting and snoring
- Head banging
- Teeth grinding
Breathing with Pauses
It always concerns an affectionate mother when her baby is taking breath with pauses. This may involve jerk awaking. Sometimes the baby might have a pause of 15 seconds, especially in case of a premature baby. This is called periodic breathing and nothing to worry about. This habit can be observed for about 5 percent of the baby sleep time. This does not involve any concern for parents unless the baby ever had any Apparent Life Threatening Event.
Snorting and Snoring
Some babies may snort or snore while sleeping. Making a snorting noise while sleeping can be a bit uncomfortable to the parents but it is not something to be worried about the baby health. The possible reason for snoring and snorting can be the cold, blockage of any airway and some type of allergies. The doctor would suggest better treatment in this case. In case of allergy, the baby room should be made pet free and dust free with proper medication. Air purifier can also be used to avoid any allergy.
Head banging is a baby sleep habit that is self comforting in its nature. Babies do head banging to relax themselves are to distract from any pain. The head banging starts after 6th month of age and it is at its apex at the age of 24 months. Head banging tendency is found more in baby boys than in baby girls. In order to save the baby from this baby sleep habit, a mother should manage the baby crib so as to make it safe with the soft pillows and cushions. Screws and bolts of the baby crib should be tightened regularly. The doctor should be consulted if a baby is involved in excessive head banging because it might indicate any developmental problem.
Like head banging, rocking is also a self comforting baby sleep habit. Babies tend to start rocking at the age of 6th month. It’s a back and forth movement of the body to relax it or to enjoy the environment. Mostly babies rock. It is normal in all the babies unless it is excessive in nature indicating any developmental or emotional problem. Rocking baby sleep habit can be accompanied by the head banging.
Baby sleep habits include sweating to be very common. Many babies sweat when they are sleeping deep. Sweating can also be a result of warm weather or clothes. Moreover snorting and snoring baby sleep habits can also cause excessive sweating because the baby is working hard to take a breath. Any heart related problem can also cause excessive sweating. You need to go to the doctor when the weather, room temperature, baby clothing and baby cover are all normal and your baby is even then sweating.
Teeth grinding is also a normal baby sleep habit and nearly half of the babies grind their teeth. The babies start grinding their teeth when their first teeth are popping out after 6th month or children at the age of 5 years when they are gaining their permanent teeth. The possible reasons of teeth grinding might be teething, earache, breathing problems like stuffy nose and allergy. Teeth grinding be might get you a bit disturbed but its nothing to worry about.
A mother is satisfied that her baby is enjoying the dreams when she manages her baby to be normal within the baby sleep habits.