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kadwa, brisbanehomeoaptah, or others: teething and sleep problems in a 13 month old

A while back I asked for advice regarding colic in my small baby. We don't have that problem anymore, but we have been struggling with horrible sleeping issues and severe teething pain since my baby boy was almost 6 months old.

For 4 months straight, he woke up every night 7-10 times and often had to be held because if I lay him down in his crib, he would wake up and cry. During the day, he would generally like to be carried a lot but tended to be in a good mood, especially in the company of other children.

Then the sleeping improved slightly: on some nights, he would wake up 5-6 times, on others only three times to nurse.

Throughout this time, we have been working with an experienced local homeopath and tried different remedies. Calcarea Carb was the first remedy to try in different potencies. 10M eventually helped the first bout of teething pain and helped developmentally: my baby started sitting up more steadily, for example, but it did not fix the sleep problems.

Then we tried a series of remedies (calc phos, pulsatilla, sulphur, lycopodium). All of them helped very temporarily at best. My baby's sleep is usually restless, with tossing and fidgeting. When he is uncomfortable, he sleeps on his belly with his arms down, with his knees curled up. When he is very comfortable, he sleeps on his back. His neutral positions are sleeping on either side.

He often does not want to eat solids, just to nurse as often as every half an hour--particularly if he feels unwell or tired.

He often gets hyperactive in the evening especially when he is teething and I have trouble putting him to sleep in the evening. I have to walk him in a carrier or drive him in a car.

Then, no matter what time he goes to sleep, he generally wakes up by 5:15 am. Half an hour later, he is cranky, whiny, clingy, and exhausted, but he still cannot sleep. Then, he falls asleep at naptime (10:30/11) and sleeps for 3 hours or more, although he often wakes up half way through to nurse.

Now, at 13.5 months, we still have a lot recurring sleep and other issues. Last night, my baby could not sleep and woke up every half an hour or so, and I had to hold him from about 12:30 to 1:30 am and nurse or rock, walking.

He still overall wants to be carried most of the day, especially if an even minor stressor happens, such as we have an overnight visitor or we are in a new place. He wants mommy most of the time.

He is shy in new places and needs about 30-45 minutes to warm up. I cannot even imagine leaving him at a daycare because I anticipate it would be very difficult for him emotionally.

The solids he likes best are fish, shrimp, and meat.

His body temperature has warmed up since we tried lycopodium, which also helped for him to start walking unassisted.

One of my concerns is his development: for weeks at a time, his developments stalls (he stops practicing talking or using sign language). He is overall very tiny and slim for his age.

The current remedy I am trying ( on my own) is chamomilla. I decided to try it after the lycopodium was not helping with moods, crankiness, whining, and close to howling we experienced during the day, plus the extreme clinginess. I used the chamomila 200c a week ago, then two days later repeated the dry dose. Now, three days later, I have just repeated the 200c but given it in a liquid. I have also given him chamomila 30 c once or twice a day. It seems to help but only for a few hours up to a day. Still, he continues to have bad nights, like last night, and he is very cranky in the mornings until his nap.

Thank you for your help!
  aazhaz on 2012-06-09
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