Healthy newborn babies can certainly yawn. Interestingly, do you know that they've even been seen yawning and stretching on ultrasound before they are even born? Doctors have found that some babies yawn in the delivery room by gently stroking the cheek.
However, honestly speaking, don't take yawning or not yawning as an unswerving sign. They may yawn without even being sleepy and get sleepy without yawning.
If you find a baby is yawning a lot in the first few weeks, it is possible that the baby may be overstimulated, withdrawing from a medication or just trying to cool off.
New babies spend their time in dissimilar behavioral states, active sleep, quiet sleep, drowsy, fussy, alert, and crying. Even though we adults yawn when we feel drowsy, for babies the case is not the same.
At times medicines that Mom has taken during gestation may endorse yawning in her new baby, as the baby withdraws from their effects.
Even though yawning has long been a common behavior in humans, there are a number of things to learn about it.
Intriguingly, we know that yawning, seeing someone yawning or even reading about yawning can be transmittable. Babies may not yawn much in the first weeks of life, but they should be proper sleeping habits.
Note the few symptoms in your baby:
Drowsiness may seem like an inconsequential issue, but you can't always take this lightly. If your baby is always drowsy take it seriously. You will have to consult your baby's doctor.
Excessive yawning can be a sign that your baby is tired or lacking energy. Check if your child is consuming a well-balanced diet that has all the essential nutrition. Moreover, make sure your baby is active enough by engaging him or her in activities like playing with toys and with you too.
Sometimes, too much yawning can be a clue of an underlying threat like heart ailments. When the pumping of blood and oxygen is dysfunctional, the body tempts yawns so more air and oxygen is taken in.
Babies are cute when they are fat and chubby. However, you need to keep a check on the weight and avoid obesity. It can cause your baby to yawn more than usual as well.
Newborn baby yawning excessively might also be an indicator of an underlying disorder like epilepsy.
In any of these symptoms or anything else make sure you visit the doctor without hesitation. Give your child a healthy life.