Jennifer - posted on 03/08/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )
My 5 month old just got out of the hosp. Thurs. last week after being there for 4 days with pneumonia and reactive airway disease. While she was in the hosp, she was held 24/7. I have always held her all night every night in a recliner, so when they said she could sleep in the hosp. bed with me (it had full rails that would stop her from falling out) I was all for it. She has been in the hosp. 3 other times, but because she is starting to get older, it really affected her this time. Before she went in, I could put her in her swing and she would be very content for long periods as long as someone would talk or sing to her. We have a potable swing, so taking it into whatever room I'm in to clean or cook is no problem. Since this last stay, she won't let me put her down at all. I have never been a fan of CIO (crying it out), but with her reactive airway disease (or possible asthma) when she starts crying, it makes her go into coughing fits. The coughing fits get so bad, that she can't even catch her breath, and her doc has told me to try to not let her get too upset. As much as I love holding her, I also have 3 other kids and a very dirty house. She has also started with major stranger anxiety which is understandable since just about every stranger she sees has to start an iv on her, give her a shot, or do some other unpleasant medical thing to her. So, she only lets me or my husband hold her. Anyone have any suggestions besides CIO to get her to let me put her down. My husband trys to hold her as much as possible when he's home, so that I could get the dishes and laundry caught up, but that's also the time my older 2 get home from school and they need me for homework and just to spend time with them.