Ear infection, teething, or something else entirely?

Amy - posted on 12/15/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )




My daugther is 9 months old and the past few weeks bedtime has become a nightmare. We have always been able to put her in the crib and she would fall asleep usually within 10 minutes. About 3 weeks ago as soon as we would put her in the crib she would start crying as soon as we would head towards the door so I ended up starting to rock her to sleep because she would not self settle and I didn't feel comfortable letting her cry for more then 5 or 10 minutes.

In the beginning of December she had her first tooth pop through and I felt really bad because she had only been cranky at night so I hadn't been giving her anything for the pain, well nighttime just keeps getting worse. She has already started crying twice now and she's only been to bed for about an hour. I had to go back up once to rock her back to sleep. Even when you pick her up she is crying uncontrollable unless she is sitting up. Occassionally she tugs at her ear but she's not running a fever. I don't want to keep giving her tyelnol at night and at this point it doesnt seem to make much difference. I don't mind getting up with her at night but I don't want it to become a bad habit, but I feel like she's uncomfortable because her sleeping habits have gone from really good to pretty bad. My older son never had ear infections so I'm really unsure what to look for because based on what I've read the symptoms are very similar to teething. During the day she still seems pretty content when I'm not working although my husband said she was pretty cranky today. So moms what do you think teething, possible ear infection, or just a change of sleeping habits and I should just deal with it. I'll probably call the doctor in the morning but wanted some moms opinions on it too!


Christy - posted on 12/18/2010




Is it totally dark in her room? Maybe a night light will help her sleep. Also a soothie (like a blanket or stuffed animal) to hold. I would also take her to the DR to rule anything out. Write down a log of all she does and what you do to try to solve the situation so the DR has a clear pic of whats going on, even if it's for a few days before the dr appt.

Louise - posted on 12/16/2010




I would have her ear looked at to rule infection out. I think she is asserting her control over you for the sleep thing and that the only way you are going to get her settled again is to stop rocking her and letting her self sooth. I know this is harsh but if you continue to pick her up and rock her she will assume this is the way to get your attention every night. If you have ruled out pain from teething then stick to the routine that you go back into her when she cries but do not pick her up settle her down and leave no speech and no eye contact. She will grizzle for a couple of days so be prepared. You have to gain control over the sleeping habits and this is the only way to do it. Another thing you could try is Calamine teething crystals which you can buy from a chemist it is purely herbal but seems to calm babies without drugs. It is difficult what is wrong with them at this age and it does turn your stomach when you misdiagnose there cry for something else than pain. We have all done it. Cover all options before working on the sleep pattern. Good luck!


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Amy - posted on 12/18/2010




We did take her to the dr and ruled out eat infection. He also stated that it was not likely teething because it has been going on for a couple of weeks now, although when we got home we did see another bottom tooth just below the surface. We tried childrens motrin but that didn't seem to make a difference either.
She already has a blanket that she sleeps with every night. I will try the nightlight to see if that helps. I don't believe it's seperation anxiety because even when we pick her up she continues to cry. Christy I will definitely do the sleep journal if it continues since she goes for her 9 Monty check-up the week after christmas and bring it to the appointment.

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