Not Sleeping

Mrs Nicky - posted on 09/02/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My granddaughter is 14 months old and has never slept through the night, even as a new born. My daughter has Aaliyah Rae in a bedtime routine bath at 6.30pm and bed at 7pm) and every evening it is so stressful, heartbreaking and soul destroying. Aaliyah Rae, cries, refuses to lay down and when we leave her bedroom she gets so distressed that we have to go back into her room.My daughter has tried everything she can think of without any luck. Even during the day when she gets tired she just doesn't give in, she's constantly on the go. When she does eventually fall asleep (often after many hours of constantly trying to get her to sleep) she twitches. Doctors and Health Visitors do not want to know and have not given my daughter any advice. (my daughter is 21 and single parent, baby dad not in the pic and doesn't pay anything towards his daughter) This is having a knock on effect, as my daughter rings me most evenings distraught, so I go round and I then myself get upset and distraught. If anybody could give us any advice, i would be extremely grateful

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Dove - posted on 09/02/2014

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I do not know about the twitching and if there may be any medical issues going on, but the rest sounds fairly normal to me as far as fighting sleep and freaking out when alone. Has she tried co-sleeping?

Sarah - posted on 09/02/2014

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I'm sorry you are going through this! I had a daughter that was not a great sleeper either. The cries were heartbreaking. It sounds the medical advice is lacking here. My opinion (forgive me if you've done this), get 2nd and 3rd opinions. There could be an underlying medical reason that she's not sleeping (ie, food allergies, ear infection, etc). If there is nothing medically impacting the child - a pediatrician (a good one), provides methods for getting children to sleep. These are proven methods and theories (there are a few main, published sleep methods- which you can find online). At the very least, routine, a healthy, balanced diet and a soothing environment.

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