My 4 month old won't sleep!

Haley - posted on 09/26/2016 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I am a first time mom so I'm really worried about my daughter. She used to only wake up once during the night and up for the day by 8am. For the last week she has been waking up every two hours and has the hardest time going back to sleep. During the day she is coughing, has a lot of snot, and SUPER fussy. She is also wheezing some but not all the time. She does take normal naps during the day though. I took her to the doctor last month for the wheezing and he said it was bronchitis so we have been giving her breathing treatments and it seemed to have cleared up but is coming back again. He also said she has reflux, so we give her the medicine he prescribed and prop her up when she is sleeping. The coughing and fussiness started about a week ago and seems to be getting worse. I have also found that she calms down a lot when I rub her belly..? I'm calling her doctor today to see if he has any openings. Is anyone else experiencing this? What should I do? Is it just a little cold and I shouldn't worry myself so much? I just need advice from the more experienced moms out there! I'm completely lost.

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Sarah - posted on 09/26/2016

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Ok, I would check in with your doc. It might be just a simple cold that needs to run its course. If the breathing treatments help I would continue with those. I have noticed that often times kids develop colds in the same way as they did prior....so if it developed if the throat last time it develops there the next time, or if it hits the sinus' first that is where it hits first the next time. Keeping her at an angle helps with drainage, so that is good you already do that. Another thing that sometimes helps with reflux, fussiness, and drainage is babywearing. It keeps them upright, warm and close to you (which all newborns like).

Sarah E might have better insight medically.

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Sarah - posted on 09/26/2016

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I agree, upright is going to help, baby wearing in a baby carrier can help. Then she can just sleep on your chest. My concern, is if this wheeze started suddenly? Not just part of the cold and not resolving? Did the baby aspirate something? It may be worth on chest x-ray to take a peek and see if there is something stuck in her airway. I knew a baby who aspirated a feather, one feather from a down comforter and was coughing and wheezing for a year. The mom and dad went to the lung specialist and a bronchoscopy was done, feather remover and baby good as new. I am not trying to scare you-- this may be part of a virus and not a big deal, but if that wheeze does not clear up, keep asking about it. Asthma in infants is very rare so any wheeze should be related to an illness. Good Luck! Also, I am glad the Zantac is helping, but I'd not agree to a reflux diagnosis without more evaluation. All babies spit up. Sure she may have reflux,but I'd request a GI consult to be sure.

Haley - posted on 09/26/2016

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Sarah hofland- yes the medicine has helped a lot and no just wheezing, I was worried because asthma runs in my family. so as soon as I noticed I ran to the doctor.

Haley - posted on 09/26/2016

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Jodi- no I am formula feeding, and also no, but I have read a bunch of the things about them and will probably be purchasing one soon. Sarah- I washed everything because I was super paranoid. With the reflux, we took her to the doctor and she spit up on the table and the doctor looked at me and said oh yeah she has reflux. She hasn't been spitting up near as much since he gave her zantac

Sarah - posted on 09/26/2016

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When she was wheezing the first time you took her in did she have other symptoms of a cold? Has the medicine helped with the reflux?

Sarah - posted on 09/26/2016

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In addition to Jodi's questions, have you been washing all of her new clothing and bedding? Sometimes little bits of fuzz can break free and go right up the nose of your baby. So you must wash everything before you use it. If you have left a few things new from the packaging, you can take a q-tip and VERY gently swab her nose, or use the nasal aspirator (looks like a tiny turkey baster) and gently suck out each side. Aside from that, she may have a cold. How did they diagnose reflux? Has she been spitting up a lot?

Jodi - posted on 09/26/2016

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Two questions:

1. Are you breastfeeding?

2. Have you tried a vaporiser at night?

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