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7 month old baby excessive night waking

Hello, I'm looking for some advice about my 7 month old baby daughter.

Up until 4.5 months old she slept for up to 8 hours at a time at night, sometimes waking once or twice for a breastfeed (she was exclusively breastfed until 6 months and is now breastfed alongside starting solid food).

At 4.5 months her sleep cycles changed (as I understand they do with all babies around this age), and she cycles through light and deep sleep every 30-40 minutes. This has resulted in her waking up at the end of each sleep cycle (so every 30-40 minutes, even at night!!) and she is unable to fall back to sleep without breastfeeding (sometimes just for a few seconds, as she doesn't actually seem hungry) or being rocked.

She sometimes has very short daytime naps (30 minutes) and wakes up still tired, often crying. If she naps for 60-90 minutes (in the car or sling) she wakes up happy and refreshed, and doesn't cry on waking.

My daughter seems otherwise very healthy; she caught a cold from a close family member at 2 weeks old but hasn't been ill since then.

She is average build and weight, has fair hair (not very much!), blue eyes, is very strong, active, very happy and smiley during the day (when she isn't tired or fighting sleep!), and can be very vocal. She is meeting all her developmental milestones either on time or slightly early (she was born nearly 2 weeks overdue). She enjoys playing with people as well as playing by herself and she is very inquisitive (which I believe is normal for most babies of her age).

She doesn't seem particularly hot or cold and doesn't have any skin complaints or strange smells. Her nappies are normal.

She used to sleep in her own cot but now sleeps in bed with us as it is too tiring getting up so many times in the night. Also, she wakes crying when we try to move her into her cot, even if we wait until she is in deep sleep.

We tried Chamomilla 15c for 3 days but this had no effect.

We have been advised to try Calc Carb 30c but on researching the characteristics of the Calc Carb baby, this sounds nothing like our daughter!

What would you suggest to help with her sleep? I am realistic and don't expect a 7 month old baby to sleep for 11 hours without waking, but I would like her to be able to settle herself back to sleep/wake less in the first place. Thank you very much for any advice you can give. If you need to ask any questions please do do.
  UKmum on 2015-05-10
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Also just to add, she has her first two bottom teeth; they didn't seem to bother her except the day they actually started to break through the gum. She doesn't appear to be teething at the moment.

Also, she will sometimes sleep for an hour or occasionally two at night before waking up, but that can still mean 8 wake ups on a 'good' night!!
UKmum 7 years ago
If Chamomilla has failed, Pulsatilla should work and Nux Vom as well.
rishimba 7 years ago
Thank you for the reply rishimba, should I use Pulsatilla and Nux Vom at the same time, or try one for 3 days, then if that doesn't work, try the other? Also, what potency, and how many times a day? (With Chamomilla we gave morning, afternoon and evening). Sorry for all the questions and thanks again.
UKmum 7 years ago
Please try Nux Vom 30C one dose just before she goes to bed at night. If she doesn't respond on the first night, you can repeat Nux Vom 30C the next evening. No more.

You may try Pulsatilla in 200C potency single dose just before she sleeps, in case Nux fails.
rishimba 7 years ago
Thank you, I will try that.
UKmum 7 years ago

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