Babies go through a number of growth spurts within their first year. The signs that accompany these growth spurts can sometimes worry parents, as they think that their baby may be ill. Keep in mind that every baby is different, and not all babies follow the usual pattern of growth spurts or exhibit the same signs while going through a growth spurt.
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A baby who is going through a growth spurt will become hungry more often and eat a greater amount of milk or food. This is the biggest and most reliable sign that your baby is going through a growth spurt. If breastfeeding, you may notice that your baby suckles more frequently; this helps increase milk production for the days ahead while your baby is going through his growth spurt. A baby who was previously sleeping through the night may wake up during the night to eat.
A baby who is going through a growth spurt will sleep for long periods of time. This usually comes after a few days of increased food intake. According to Parents.com, experts think that during sleep is when actual growth occurs; it is then that almost 80 per cent of human growth hormone is secreted.
Increased fussiness can be a sign of a growth spurt if it accompanies an increased need for food and sleep. At first, the fussiness could result from waking during the night for feedings. The baby could also be fussy when he's ready for more milk at a time your body hasn't stepped up production to meet his demands yet.
Baby Looks Bigger
After a growth spurt, parents often see a noticeable difference in their baby. Sometimes the baby's cheeks will just seem a little more puffy or she might seem a little taller. Her clothes may seem tight on her all of a sudden or she may have outgrown them altogether.
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