PLS HELP - 6month old baby - sleep / cradle cap problemsHi,
I would attempt to describe my 6 and 1/2 month old baby girl as below:
a) has always had sleep issues..needs to be rocked to sleep (she slept with out rocking for only 5-6 days post birth, subsequently when nothing worked we ended up buying a cradle for her to get her to sleep..) ..During the day, she sleeps only for 45min- 1 hr at a stretch and wakes up crying, once rocked again she sleeps additional 30-45 mins. She has about 3 such sessions of sleep during the day. Her night sleep is extremely erratic and some nights she wakes up every 1-2 hrs..max she sleeps is 3 hrs at a stretch. (she is not hungry as she hardly has any milk..she needs to be patted for atleast 10-15mins before going to sleep again..). Atleast once in the night after waking up, she takes more than an hour to sleep again..she is sleepy but not able to get into deep sleep, keeps tossing & turning. Her sleep was better till she was 3-4 months (used to wake up every 2-3 hrs and for a feed) and only got worse now.
b) has a thick cradle cap.. when born has slight eczema on the forehead, in between the eyebrows which cleared up in few days after birth. Cradle cap surfaced soon after birth.
c) has not cut any teeth so far.
d) is a chubby baby with a round face, thin silky hair..growth so far has been good, has always been a healthy baby in the last decile of the growth charts.
e) Learnt to sit when 4&half months old..but shows no inclination to crawl as yet.
f) sweats profusely on the forehead..when nursing, after playing for some time etc.
g) has a cheerful disposition and even after not so good night sleep is fresh when she wakes up.
h) while smiles at strangers, cries when they hold her. Is scared of her soft toys. As an infant disliked crowded/ noisy places ..
i) Sleep is light and wakes up at the slightest sound.
j) has small meals..since she is 3 months old, she has only about 3ounces (100ml) of milk at a time, but would have it every 2- 21/2 hours. I have tried to increase the gap between feedings but she has only that much to drink..
k) Was a very gassy baby, would pass a lot of gas but this didnot seem to bother her. Has improved over time. Still gassy but not significantly less.
l) Stools very formed (almost adult like, and often smell like rotten eggs)..about 2-3 times a day..(this was till the gave her calc carb 200c, pls see below)..earlier till she was 2 months old she had loose stools many times a day ..stool formation improved subsequently ...
m) Was exclusively breast fed till 3 & half months, gradully started on solids. I joind back work when she was 4 and half months (she stays with her grand-parents). Since then milk feedings are supplemented with cow milk.
n) had sudden fever when 5 and half months old. Gave her Aconite 30c and she was fine in 2 days.
o) Slight disposition to cold, at night sometimes I hear her breath as if her nose is blocked..
In the last month or so I have tried giving the following medicines:
a) Since her sleep got worse (was better till she was 3-4 months old as used to sleep atleast 2 hrs stretches..) and was also associated with change in her eating habits (would have only milk and nothing to eat) . Thinking this is teething I started giving her Bio21, which I still continue to give her. Also gave her Chamomilla for two days before sleeping for the night but there was no change , hence stopped Cham.
b) About 3-4 weeks ago, (2-3 after giving Cham) I gave her Cal Carb 30c (2 drops in 2 spoons of water) once a day for 2 days. There was some slight change in her cradle cap (but it keeps changing anyways, so difficult to comment)but no change in eating habits/ sleep ..
c) Tried Puls 30 c for a 2 days (2-3 days after Calc carb) but no significant change in sleep...broken sleep but duration between sleep was slightly longer.
d) I was quite sure she is a calc carb baby so gave her Calc Carb 200c (2 drops) one dose (this was 10 days ago- last sunday). The very next day she had loose green stools 3-4 times a day, stool consistentcy impoved the next day - only one green stool, rest mucoid / slimy. She was also low and not in full spirits. she improved the third day but stools continued to slimy & loose. Eating didnot improve and had only milk to drink. I got scared, tried antidoting with calc carb 30 (one drop) ..this was last Fri.
e) Since her sleep was very broken (we both hardly slept 4 hours that week.. that too not more than 1 or so at a stretch). she was bit out of sorts, I gave her Puls 30c on Sun to calm her and hoping better sleep..Sleep actually improved and she managed 3 hr stretches at night. Mon night however when she woke up at 4:30 and finally slept only by 5:45.
f)Over the last 4-5 days, she has had prickly heat kind of eruptions on her neck (quite a bit of it) ...I am now confused, is it that eating grapes (she like it & has about 6-7 grapes a day) has resulted in her constitution being heaty and the last week stools just corroborate it or is the effect of calc carb?
Prickly heat still continues (comes and goes), can see fresh growth in cradle cap, morning stools are formed however day stools are slimy/ somewhat loose...last night sleep again very restless after 4a.m. (felt her nose somewhat blocked..)
Pls advise further action..shall I give her a dose of nux vomica? or start with calc carb again?
Have tried to provide as much details as possible..let me know if anything else is needed.
Have seen Dr Sameer/ Dr Mahroof/ Dr Murthy / Dr kumar effeciently solve cases and hope to get a response too..
Dev10 on 2010-02-24
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