What you need to know about noisy sleepers & noisy breathers

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What you need to know about noisy sleepers & noisy breathers

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Whoever coin the phrase, “sleeping like a baby” probably never had a new born sleeping in the same room as them, because the babies are noisy sleepers. They snore, they gurgle, they cry, they wiggle. They make all sorts of squeaks all throughout the night and it’s perfectly normal. So I usually tell parents if the noise is not interfering with your babies breathing and it’s not interfering with your babies sleeping. Simply leave them alone. Let them sleep through it. Doesn’t mean you have to jump in and wakes them up and comfort them. Now if your child looks like the noise breathing is related to, let’s say respiratory distress, true trouble breathing like the skin is sucking above and below their ribs, or they are working really hard to breath, then that could be a sign of something that does need to be seen by your doctor. So if you have any questions or concerns, you can always video tape your babies noisy breathing and show it to your pediatrician, because rarely we may need to intervene. But most likely it’s just a little bit of snot stuck in the nose and some nasal sailings and gentle suctioning can remove the mucous and help you and your baby, sleep more comfortably and more quietly.

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Tanya Altmann, MD, FAAP

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A leading medical authority for the popular press and entertainment industry, Dr. Tanya Altmann is a best-selling author, parenting expert and media spokesperson. A working mother and UCLA-trained pediatrician who practices in Southern California, Dr. Tanya is a designated spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, communicating complicated medical issues into easily understood concepts.  She is a child health expert for numerous news programs and talk shows including Today (NBC), and KTLA (CW Los Angeles). She stays on the cutting edge through her position as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA, as the Chief Medical Advisor for the Newborn Channel and her private practice.

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