Why does my newborn make so much noise at night? Should I be worried?

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It is perfectly normal for a newborn to makes noises while sleeping. Here is a list of normal respiratory sounds that you may hear during a baby’s sleep: - The Rattle. The sound is caused by mucus clogging things up in his/her nose. A nasal aspirator may help to clear any clogging. - The Whistle. Newborn babies breathe out of their noses, not their mouths (this allows them to breathe and eat simultaneously). Bits of mucus or dried milk can easily constrict the airways, resulting in a wacky whistling noise. - The Gurgle. Sound made by the baby when he/she clears his/her throat. Here are some indications of respiratory distress that a parent should be listening out for: - Rapid breathing. When the baby's breathing rate increases (to more than 70 breaths/minute) and stays at that rate - Persistent grunting. When you hear a little grunting noise at the end of each breath, he/she may be struggling to open up blocked airways - Flaring. When you observe that the baby’s nostrils flare during breathing. This indicates that he/she is working too hard to get air - Retractions. When you notice that the muscles in his/her chest (under the ribs) and neck are more visible and contracting much more deeply than usual If you observe or hear any of those signs, it is best to check with your doctor for some medical advice. For more information, do refer to this article: http://www.whattoexpect.com/first-year/newborn-sleep.aspx

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