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Judith E. Brown
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Judith E. Brown
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Textbook Problem

A 4-month-old infant girl is growing well but not sleeping through the night. Her mother thinks she may be sick because she cries so much. What is a possible explanation for an infant not sleeping through the night?

  1. a.      The infant is ready for the introduction of complementary foods.
  2. b.      A maternal restriction of dairy foods may help reduce gastrointestinal upset.
  3. c.A change in infant formula will improve feeding tolerance.
  4. d.      Increasing the frequency or duration of breast-feeding will provide more satiety.

Summary Introduction

Introduction: Nutrition is an important aspect for healthy and proper growth of a newborn baby. Breastmilk or formula milk is an important source of these nutrients. Therefore, it is necessary to feed a baby with an adequate amount of milk. However, poor feeding or overfeeding can both have serious consequences on the overall health of the child.

Explanation

Reason for the correct statement:

Option d. is given as “Increasing the frequency or duration of breastfeeding will provide more satiety”.

As given in the case, the 4-month-old infant girl is not able to sleep throughout the night and cries a lot but is growing well, which suggests that she becomes hungry at night. Hunger is the most common reason that babies cry. The most possible reason is that she is not fully satiated during breastfeeding and hence increasing the frequency or duration of breastfeeding can provide her more satiety and she can sleep throughout the night.

Hence, option d. is correct.

Reasons for incorrect statements:

Option a. is given as “The infant is ready for the introduction of complementary foods”.

The infants are usually fed with complementary food only after six months of age. However, the infant in the given case is only four-months old and hence lack of complementary food cannot be the reason for the infant not sleeping throughout the night...

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