Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Louisa | 2011-03-09


Sleepy Baby

I have a 12 month old baby that started school half days for the past 5 days. Since Monday and Tuesday he sleeps from 1200 - 1700 in the evening, waking up for about 45 minutes. When he is awake he is miserable and wants to be held. He falls asleep 1900 and sleeps through the night until 7 the next morning. He only stirs for milk. Then goes toe creche till 12. He sleeps for 30 minutes at the creche. Is this a growth spurt. He is also breaking a molar. He is not feverish but has a bad cough. Lots of phlem. He had a Hepatitus A and " Waterpokkies"  injection 7 days ago. Is this normal or should I be worried.

Expert's Reply



It is unusual for a baby of this age to be so sleepy. It is also surprising that he has only been doing this since being at the day care. A good sign is that he does not have a fever. His sleepiness may be related to his immunisations done one week ago. If his drowsiness continues it would be best to ask your doctor to see your baby just to be on the safe side.

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