Newborn Grunting And Squirming While Sleeping
“Your newborn cries often — but not all the time. When he does cry at night, his quietness and calmness are reassuring. However, if he makes a noise during sleep that sounds like grunts or groans, it could be something else entirely.
If your baby makes these sounds while sleeping, don’t panic. They are normal for babies who have started digesting food and drinking more than they did before birth. It’s called “”silent eating.”” Babies also make other sound effects such as burping, yawning and stretching. These sounds can actually be quite soothing to them.
A baby’s first few months are spent on their belly. Their movements and feeding habits are different from what we know today because our bodies evolved for this method of feeding. In addition, there isn’t much room for maneuvering around with a tiny body on your chest. So, your baby will likely continue making these sounds until they’ve figured out how to get everything down their hatch.
Grunt Number One: Digestion
As soon as your baby starts crawling, he’ll start exploring his environment. He’ll want to move forward toward his favorite toy or object. If he bumps into an item, he might feel its texture through his skin. This helps him understand where things are located and gives him an idea about how far away certain objects are.
Babies use their sense of touch to learn about new objects. As they crawl, they bump up against anything that feels good or soft. For instance, they may find themselves rubbing against furniture legs or table edges. Or maybe they rub their faces against carpeted surfaces. Some parents report that their kids have even been known to stick their bottoms right into the middle of their cribs.
In order to figure out exactly where objects are, babies will test them by placing one hand near the object and then moving it closer. Once they reach an object, they may try to grab it. They might pull it towards them or push it away. Eventually, they’ll learn what objects feel best and won’t bother trying to grasp them anymore.
However, sometimes a baby grasps an object too hard and ends up damaging himself. The most common injury caused by a child grabbing onto something is finger deformity. A baby puts a finger between two pieces of furniture or gets stuck under a bed leg. The pressure from the squeezing finger causes ligaments to tear, which eventually results in joint dislocation.
So, if you notice your baby reaching for objects or attempting to grasp items too roughly, keep your hands ready to stop him. You should also monitor how close he comes to any objects that might hurt him.
Another type of grumbling that babies do is related to digestive issues. When this happens, however, it’s usually accompanied by crying or fussiness. Sometimes babies show signs of discomfort without making any noise, though. If your baby suddenly stops breathing or experiences constipation after starting solid foods, take her to see the doctor immediately. Constipation can lead to serious bowel problems or intestinal blockage.
The same goes for diarrhea. Call your pediatrician if your child has loose stools several times per day for three days in a row. Loose stool can cause dehydration, which leads to irritability, lethargy and poor appetite.
Grunt Number Two: Swallowing
When babies swallow air, they can end up choking. Sometimes, babies inhale air accidentally when they’re lying flat on their backs. Other times, they may turn over during sleep, putting their face in their stomachs instead of their bellies.
If your child makes loud swallowing noises while sleeping, check his position. Is he still facing up? Does he appear to have turned over? Try to gently wake your child up and ask whether she swallowed any air. Make sure that no part of her neck is twisted.
You should also teach your child to properly chew and drink. Give her toys to play with while she chews. Keep small objects away from her mouth. When she drinks from a cup, hold her head upright until she finishes. Never put anything large or hot into her mouth.
Finally, it’s important to remember that young children tend to swallow things unintentionally. Be careful not to give your child anything too sticky until he’s old enough to handle it safely.
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