Lethargy may be a sign of infection or other conditions such as low blood sugar. Talk with your baby’s doctor if your infant becomes lethargic or isn’t as active.
What does lethargic mean in a baby?
Lethargy. Your young child is lethargic if she stares into space or won’t smile. She won’t play at all or hardly responds to you. Your child is too weak to cry or hard to wake up.
Why is my baby more tired than usual?
Some of the most common reasons why a healthy baby sleeps more than usual include: a growth spurt or developmental leap. a minor illness, such as a cold. receiving immunizations.
How do you stimulate a lethargic baby?
Wake your sleepy baby to nurse
- Aim for him to feed at least 10 times in 24 hours.
- Encourage active nursing on the first breast, watching and listening for signs of swallowing.
- Use breast compression (see overleaf) to keep your baby nursing actively.
- Offer the other side in the same way.
When should I worry about a lethargic baby?
In general, call your baby’s doctor if your infant seems especially sluggish, is refusing food or drink, is vomiting (not just spitting-up), has diarrhea, or has a fever. Remember, if you’re worried, there’s probably a good reason even if you don’t recognize it, so don’t hesitate to call your baby’s doctor.
What are signs of a baby being lethargic?
Lethargic or listless babies appear to have little or no energy. They are drowsy or sluggish. They may also sleep longer than usual. They may be hard to wake for feedings and even when awake, are not alert or attentive to sounds and visual cues.
Do babies sleep a lot during a growth spurt?
Just before and during a growth spurt, your baby may sleep more than usual. Waking up less at night or taking longer naps may be signs that she’s channeling her energy into growing. One small study suggested that during a growth spurt, babies may sleep up to four and half hours more than usual over one or two days.
Is it true you should never wake a sleeping baby?
If the last nap of the day is occurring too late be sure to wake your baby to a bedtime between 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Between the ages of 3 – 8 months I recommend no naps past 5pm, and after 8 months naps should end by 4pm to protect an age appropriate bedtime.
Why do babies fight sleep so hard?
It’s likely that they’re feeling some separation anxiety, which can show up at bedtime as well. Often seen anywhere from 8 to 18 months, your baby may fight sleep because they don’t want you to leave.
What can you give infants to help sleep?
Why rocking + lullabies really can work
- Swaddling (for infants).
- Any light, repetitive movement, like swaying or swinging.
- Feeding (not until babies fall asleep, but just until they become drowsy).
- Dimming the lights.
- Playing soft music or tranquil sounds from a white noise machine or app. (Turn off the TV.)