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Baby awake for long periods at night

My baby is 10 months old and has always been a bad sleeper. This has now got to the stage where I am desperate. I return to work full time in a few weeks, and I am sleeping only 4-5hours per night due to being up with baby.

He is currently waking twice per night, usually the first time between 11-1 and the second time between 5am-6am. For the first waking it usually takes 1.5-2 hours to get him back to sleep. For the second waking about an hour. When he was really little we used to rock him and put him down asleep, but now he wakes as soon as we put him down. After that we tried gently patting/stroking him, but this takes up to 2 hours. For the last 10 days we have been trying ‘controlled crying’ sleep training. This has not improved the situation and it has still taken around 1.5-2hours for him to settle. Often he falls asleep but wakes after 2 minutes and cries again. If I leave the room before he falls asleep, he immediately stands up in his cot and starts crying.
He will not accept a dummy/pacifier.

He will only sleep on his front, and when falling asleep he usually moans and moves his head from side to side. But sometimes he seems to wake himself again by doing this.
He breathes a lot through his mouth – both in the day and at night. He breathes loudly at night and sometimes he snores.

During the day he naps twice – once in the morning and once after lunch. One nap is about 35 minutes, and the other about 1.5hours. He goes to sleep for his naps quite easily, in about 5-10 minutes.

He is a very active baby during the day, and is generally quite happy. However, he looks tired due to being awake for so much time in the night – he is pale and has dark rings under his eyes.

We have already tried giving him Bach Rescue Rememdy Night. It has made no difference.

I would be very grateful for any help that is offered.
 
  Ellie3009 on 2014-10-24
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1. Age, weight, height
2. Physical appearance of the child e.g. thin, chubby, tall, short
3. Describe the nature of the child (shy, headstrong etc. give details)
4. Have the growth milestones (e.g. teething, standing, walking, talking etc. )achieved early, on time or late
5. What are the symptoms of the health problem
6. What makes the problem better without using medicines
7. What makes the problem worse without using medicines
8. How is the child behaving emotionally during this problem
9. How long the problem has been there
10. What is the reason of the problem in mother’s view
11. How is the child’s thirst & appetite
12. What does the child like to eat
13. What does the child dislike in food
14. Is there any strong preference of taste e.g. sweet, salty, sour, bitter
15. How is the stool & urine
16. How is the child’s sleep
17. What is the child afraid of (animals, insects, darkness, alone etc.)
18. Where does the child sweat normally
19. How much does the child sweat (little, moderate, a lot)
20. Any problems with nose, throat, ears, chest
21. Is the child normally cold or hot
22. Was it a planned pregnancy, if not, how did you feel on finding about it
23. How was the pregnancy of the mother (morning sickness, bleeding, happy, sad, tense etc)
24. How is the relationship of mother & father
25. What diseases run in your family (mother & father)
 
fitness 7 years ago
I feel that I should add to the previous post about his sleep the following information:
It is possible that baby is currently teething as he keeps putting his hand in his mouth. This has certainly affected his sleep when his first 4 teeth came through. However, since his sleep has been poor since birth this cannot be the only reason.
For the last 10 days there have been many nights where he has had a poo when awake during the night. It is hard to know whether he wakes up because he needs to poo, or whether he has a poo because he is awake anyway. He never used to poo during the night, but since he has a stomach bug about 3 weeks ago his stool pattern has not returned to normal.

1. Age, weight, height
10 Month, weighs 8.75kg, height 78cm.

2. Physical appearance of the child e.g. thin, chubby, tall, short
Tall and thin

3. Describe the nature of the child (shy, headstrong etc. give details)
He is a happy child during the day, smiles and laughs a lot. He plays well independently but loves to play with his parents. He is wary of strangers at first but fine after getting used to a person. He is very inquisitive, he wants to look at everything.

4. Have the growth milestones (e.g. teething, standing, walking, talking etc. )achieved early, on time or late
He sat up and crawled early, he is also walking by hoiding onto furniture (quite early also). His first teeth seemed to come at about the normal time for other babies his age.

5. What are the symptoms of the health problem
I described this in my first post.

6. What makes the problem better without using medicines
Nothing that I have found!

7. What makes the problem worse without using medicines
Not sure about this either!

8. How is the child behaving emotionally during this problem
When awake at night he sometimes seems to try and gets back to sleep, he makes a noise like “ummmm” to himself but this can continue for 2 hours and he still does not manage to put himself back to sleep. If we leave him alone when he is awake at night he usually cries.

9. How long the problem has been there
He is been a poor sleeper since birth, with frequent waking and waking for long periods, but in the last 4 weeks the awake periods at night have got longer.

10. What is the reason of the problem in mother’s view
I wish I knew!!

11. How is the child’s thirst & appetite
He drinks plenty of milk and eats well.

12. What does the child like to eat
He is happy to eat anything cooked by me (his mother). He especially likes banana, mandarin, natural yoghurt and breadsticks!

13. What does the child dislike in food
He dislikes premade baby food in jars. He does not seem to like fish.


14. Is there any strong preference of taste e.g. sweet, salty, sour, bitter
This is hard to say, as he is a baby we do not give him salty food, nor anything with very strong flavours. He certainly likes sweet food but I think that is normal for a baby of his age.

15. How is the stool & urine
Urine is normal. He had a stomach bug 3 weeks ago with vomiting (3 days) and diarrhoea (5 days), and since then his stool pattern has still not returned to normal. He used to poo twice a day, in the morning. Now he poos 4-5 times during the day, and also during the night if he is awake for long periods, which does not help in getting him back to sleep. Sometimes during the day the stools are small but smell very strong.

16. How is the child’s sleep
Please see first post.


17. What is the child afraid of (animals, insects, darkness, alone etc.)
He does not like dogs that rush up and bark loudly, but quiet dogs are ok.


18. Where does the child sweat normally
He is only a baby so I have not noticed that he sweats anywhere

19. How much does the child sweat (little, moderate, a lot)
Little

20. Any problems with nose, throat, ears, chest
He has had 2 colds since he was born. I wonder if he may have large adenoids and/or tonsils (but this is guessing!) because he often breathes through his mouth during the day, and at night he breathes quite loudly, often breathes through his mouth, and sometimes snores.

21. Is the child normally cold or hot
Usually quite warm, but with cold hands.

22. Was it a planned pregnancy, if not, how did you feel on finding about it
yes, it was planned and we were both very happy.

23. How was the pregnancy of the mother (morning sickness, bleeding, happy, sad, tense etc)
I was very tired in the first 3 months. From about 6-9 months I had terrible acid reflux and was prescribed Omeprazole by my doctor. I was also very tired and uncomfortable in the last 8 weeks of pregnancy, I found it very difficult to sleep or eat, sitting, standing and lying were all not very comfortable.
24. How is the relationship of mother & father
Good, loving.

25. What diseases run in your family (mother & father)
Mother – Glaucoma. Father- none.
 
Ellie3009 7 years ago
I also wish to add, he is a very very active child, it is rare that he sits still at all now that he is able to crawl and walk. He does not sit still and play with one thing for long before losing interest and seeing something more interesting across the room.
For a long time when he was learning to crawl his sleep was disturbed by that - he would practise crawling in his cot instead of sleeping, and sometimes his body would seem to crawl in his sleep and then wake him up. This is not what his happening now though.
 
Ellie3009 7 years ago
Your remedy is: Calcarea Phosphorica 30c.

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fitness 7 years ago

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