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By Dr Diji Vaughan
August 21, 2012
Category: Newborn


How long does a newborn sleep?

Most newborns sleep for about 16 - 20hrs total daily. Each sleep duration can last anywhere between 1hr to 4hr, often followed by a brief period of wakefulness which can last for 1 to 2hrs. The newborn infant sleep duration can vary widely depending on how hungry the baby is or how satisfied the baby is after the last meal.

The duration of sleep in daytime hours ends up being about equal to nighttime sleep duration as well on the average. Illnesses acquired during or after childbirth or medical problems in the newborn period can affect the formation of this cycle.

What happens beyond the immediate newborn period?

After the neonatal period (first 28-days of life) elapses, a total sleep duration of about 14 to15 hrs in a day becomes more typical and this decreases to about 13 to 14hrs around age 6 months. Around age 4- 6 months some infants sleep for periods of 6 to 8hrs each time.

When will my newborn sleep through the night?

Most newborns grant mommy and daddy a peaceful night rest around the 9th month of life and sleep through the night. Experts estimate 70% to 80% of infants do this successfully by this age. The ability for the infant to distinguish between day and night develops between the second and third month of life, and gradually contributes to increasing duration of nocturnal sleep time by age 9 months to sleeping through the night.

How about naps?

Most newborn infants nap between 2 and 4 hours total daily, this can be divided on the average into 2 nap sessions by the infant.

Sleep rhythms and cycles in newborns are not defined with mathematical certainty by any stretch and this is not an attempt to simplify a process that’s complex, yet restorative and necessary for health into numbers and rigid time frames. There’s room for overlap with these ranges and these have to be discussed with your physician if concerns exist.  The time frames above provide a guide to what’s expected in the vast majority of situations. Newborn temperament, issues of attachment and social interaction play a key role in the evolution of sleep habits in infants.

By Springfield Pediatrics
August 03, 2012
Tags: Measles  


July 30, 2012.


Confirmed Measles Case in Coconino County

A confirmed case of measles has been identified in a Flagstaff resident in Coconino County. The case is an unvaccinated child.  The case was confirmed by testing performed at Arizona State Public Health Laboratory. The child was likely contagious from July 4th through July 12th. The source of the infection in under investigation; the case has no recent travel history or interaction with anyone who has traveled or is foreign-born.

Measles is a viral disease of the upper respiratory system and is highly transmissible among unvaccinated or immunocompromised population. Both airborne and droplet transmission of measles can occur. Measles is not often seen in the US; however, cases in individuals who have travelled overseas to areas with endemic measles do sporadically occur. The best way to prevent measles is to receive two doses of MMR vaccine.

To report cases or for additional information please contact your local health department or the Arizona Department of Health Services at 602-364-3676.

Culled from the AZ Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, bulletin.