Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Gerda Smith | 2009-02-06


Sleeping disorders?

My grandson of 6 months sleeps alot during the day. He is awake for 2 hous and sleeps 3 hours, awake for 90 minutes and sleeps another 2 hours. He sleeps from 9 at night to 6 in the morning.He eats very well, but is not sitting on his own yet. he had whooping couch at 5 weeks, whereby he had aphnic attacks and stopped breathing at times. He was in ICU for 4 days on oxcygen. He is very friendly and always smiling. Everybody tells me it is unhealthy for a baby like him to sleep so much. Please advise if i should take him for testing, and what would i ask for when i take him to a doctor.

Expert's Reply



This is a difficult question to answer without being able to see your grandson. His sleeping pattern is probably still quite normal for a baby of his age. He should be sitting or at least trying to sit at this age so this may or may not be something that we should take notice of. I am concerned about his history of apnoeic attacks when he had whooping cough. Because of these episodes it would be best to have him assessed by a paediatrician with experience in developmental paediatrics. Please ask your paediatrician to refer you to an expert.

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Posted by: Jilly | 2009-02-06

Hi Gerda
My first born slept a lot as a baby, there was a time that I was just as concerned as other little ones his age could stay awake for at least 3 hours at a time. He is 3.5 yrs now and the most contented child you could wish for, and even now he still loves his sleep and would be quite happy to go and take that suggested nap without any complaints! My second son however is now completely the opposite, he fights his sleepy times, he might humor me every now and then with a power nap! My firstborn also only started sitting properly on his own at about 7 months. Just hang in there.

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