States of alertness in newbornsSStates of alertness in newbornsStates of alertness in newbornsEnglishNeonatologyNewborn (0-28 days)BodyNANAAdult (19+)NA2009-09-22T04:00:00ZJoanne Cummings, PhD, CPsychBrenda S. Miles, PhD, Cpsych000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Learn about the various states of alertness your newborn baby will go through: the quiet alert state, active alert state, crying state and sleeping state.</p><p>After the initial few minutes after birth, newborn babies go through a number of different states of alertness, especially if the birth was uncomplicated and the environment is dark and quiet. These are the quiet alert, active alert, crying, drowsy, and sleeping states. Your newborn baby will cycle through these states over and over again throughout the day. </p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul><li>Your newborn baby will cycle through different states of alertness during the day including quiet, active, crying, drowsy and sleeping.</li></ul>
Niveaux d’activité chez les nouveau-nésNNiveaux d’activité chez les nouveau-nésStates of alertness in newbornsFrenchNeonatologyNewborn (0-28 days)BodyNANAAdult (19+)NA2009-09-22T04:00:00ZJoanne Cummings, PhD, CPsychBrenda S. Miles, PhD, Cpsych000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Apprenez-en davantage sur les différents états de vigilance de votre bébé : l’état d’éveil calme, l’état d’éveil agité, les pleurs et le sommeil.</p><p>Pendant les premières minutes qui suivent la naissance, les nouveau-nés passent par différents niveaux d’activité, en particulier lorsque l’accouchement s’est déroulé sans complication et que l’endroit est sombre et calme. Les niveaux d’activité sont l’état d’éveil calme, l’état d’éveil agité, la somnolence et le sommeil. Votre bébé passera par ces niveaux plusieurs fois par jour.</p><h2>À retenir</h2><ul><li>Votre nouveau-né passera au travers différents cycles d’éveil au cours de la journée y compris des périodes calmes, des périodes actives, des périodes de pleurs, des périodes somnolentes et des périodes de sommeil.</li></ul>

 

 

States of alertness in newborns446.000000000000States of alertness in newbornsStates of alertness in newbornsSEnglishNeonatologyNewborn (0-28 days)BodyNANAAdult (19+)NA2009-09-22T04:00:00ZJoanne Cummings, PhD, CPsychBrenda S. Miles, PhD, Cpsych000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Learn about the various states of alertness your newborn baby will go through: the quiet alert state, active alert state, crying state and sleeping state.</p><p>After the initial few minutes after birth, newborn babies go through a number of different states of alertness, especially if the birth was uncomplicated and the environment is dark and quiet. These are the quiet alert, active alert, crying, drowsy, and sleeping states. Your newborn baby will cycle through these states over and over again throughout the day. </p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul><li>Your newborn baby will cycle through different states of alertness during the day including quiet, active, crying, drowsy and sleeping.</li></ul><h2>Quiet alert state</h2><p>At first, your newborn baby enters a quiet alert state, where they are cuddly and still. They look into their mother’s eyes and touch her hand. They can listen to their parent’s voice. All of their energy is channelled into seeing and hearing. They do not move their arms and legs much during this state. In the quiet alert state, your newborn baby takes in their surroundings and starts to get used to their environment. The quiet alert state usually lasts about an hour or so after birth. If a newborn baby remains in close contact with their mother during their first hour of life, the quiet alert state will last longer. The newborn baby’s very first quiet alert state is a precious time for their parents, because they can enjoy their baby in a calm and unrushed manner. </p><h2>Active alert state</h2><p>Your newborn baby will then enter the active alert state, where they will start to move frequently. their eyes will start to look around, and they will make small sounds. This state is sometimes a precursor to the newborn baby becoming fussy. While in the active alert state, your newborn baby will move their arms, legs, body, or face. These movements are not continuous, but they occur in a rhythm, with the movements occurring about once per minute or so. During this state, your baby will be less drawn to faces and more interested in objects. their natural curiosity may start to emerge. </p><h2>Crying state</h2><p>If your newborn baby is hungry, uncomfortable, or lonely, they may enter a crying state. Crying is the only way that newborn babies have to communicate their needs to others. While in a crying state, your baby may move their arms and legs vigorously, and their face may become red and contorted. Newborn babies are easily soothed if they are picked up and held up against their parent’s shoulder. Despite what well-meaning friends and relatives may say, it is not possible to "spoil" your newborn baby by responding to their every cry. On the contrary, soothing your baby when they cry makes them safe and secure, and teaches them that you are there to take care of them. </p><h2>Drowsy state</h2><p>Sooner or later, your newborn baby will enter a drowsy state. As its name implies, newborn babies usually enter this state before they fall asleep. While in the drowsy state, your newborn baby may move a bit, smile, or frown. their eyes may become dull, glazed, and unfocused. their eyelids will become droopy. </p><p>Sometimes the newborn baby starts life in the drowsy state, as a response to the medication that was given to their mother during childbirth. For example, if their mother was given a large amount of a narcotic, or if the dose was given too close to the time of their birth, the newborn baby may be too drowsy to suck after they are born. Newborn babies may be sedated at birth if the mother was given general anaesthesia for delivery. This does not occur if mother has epidural anaesthesia during labour.</p><h2>Sleeping state</h2> <p>Last but not least, your newborn baby falls asleep. In fact, newborn babies spend about 18 hours per day sleeping. About half of this time is spent in alternating states of sleep known as quiet sleep and active sleep.</p><p>In quiet sleep, your newborn baby is relaxed, they have no body movements except for the occasional startle, and their eyelids are still. Their breathing is regular and they will take a deep sigh every few minutes or so. </p><p>In active sleep, your newborn baby’s eyelids may flutter and their eyes will begin to move rapidly. This is the start of the rapid eye movement, or REM, stage of sleep, but no one knows if newborn babies dream during this time. During active sleep, newborn babies may move their arms and legs, twitch their bodies, make funny faces, and move from one side of the crib to the other. Their breathing is slightly faster in this stage than in the quiet sleep stage. </p>https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/states_of_alertness_newborn.jpgStates of alertness in newbornsFalse

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