Baby Symptoms & Conditions

Being a new parent means decoding a ton of baby symptoms, from a fever, to excessive crying to strange lumps and bumps. Is it a cold? The flu? Teething? Colic? Gas pain? The Bump is here to help! Try out our symptom finder to see what health conditions baby's symptoms could be signaling. And browse through a ton of articles on everything from baby allergies to yeast diaper rash. Find out what causes any common baby health condition, how to prevent it and how to treat it if baby gets it. We've got a ton of advice and tips from medical experts and from moms and dads who've been through it. So whether it's just a cold, or a sign of asthma, get the scoop on all baby and toddler symptoms and conditions right here at The Bump.

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Trouble Sleeping in Babies

Baby isn’t sleeping? Causes of sleeplessness in babies -- and how you both can get back to a good night’s sleep.

What is considered trouble sleeping for a baby?

You might think it’s normal for a baby (and often a toddler) to have trouble sleeping from time to time. But the fact is, there are a number of health issues or concerns that might make it difficult for your baby to sleep.

What could be causing my baby to have trouble sleeping?

Anything from a stuffy nose to an ear infection, reflux or pain from teething can make it difficult for your baby to sleep soundly. Sometimes developmental issues (like separation anxiety) can also make it tough for him to fall (and stay) asleep.

When should I take my baby to the doctor if he has trouble sleeping?

If his difficulty getting some solid shut-eye seems sudden (like, he used to sleep through the night and now can’t) and continues for weeks on end, or if he seems very uncomfortable when he’s put to bed, call your doc for advice.

What should I do to treat my baby’s trouble sleeping?

If the issue is more psychological than physical, establishing good bedtime habits (bath, bottle, book, bed) can help him get into a routine that will help him sleep. But if he’s got something else going on (such as pain from an infection or teething), you’ll also need to treat that cause if either of you are going to get a good night’s sleep.

-- Jennifer Shu, MD, pediatrician with Children’s Medical Group P.C. in Atlanta and author of Heading Home With Your Newborn (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2010)

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