okay guys my lil girl is 5 mnths old, she doesnt sleep, and when i say that i dont mean at night i mean she doesnt sleep at night or during the day. Maybe a combined total of like 3 hrs. she cat naps like 30 seconds here or maybe 10 minutes there. I think she is in pain, cuz she is teething really bad , but i do oragel, tylenol,teething tablets everything. She is okay as long as you hold her she is comforted, but still wont sleep. any sugg??

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User - posted on 01/30/2009

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I have a couple suggestions.  One is look up "the 5 S's" by Dr. Harvey Karp.  His book is called "The Happiest Baby on the Block" I believe.  My son went through a period where he would just cry and cry and cry.  He had a lot of gas and spitting up.  Between the 5 S's and keeping him upright for 30 minutes after a feeding, it helped eliminate some of the gas.  Changing to a soy based formula also helped.  Also, I agree with doing cry it out.  We did that around 4 months.  It took less than a week.  I would let him cry for 5 minutes and go in and without touching him or talking just let him know I was still there.  I would go out, this time for 10 minutes and repeat.  The longest he cried was 20 minutes before falling asleep.



Also, you can purchase a wedge to put under the crib sheet that elevates the head to help prevent gas etc.



Lastly, its been a month, take your daughter to the pediatrician just to rule anything out like ear infection etc.

Heather - posted on 01/30/2009

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Take her to the doctor before you try cry-it-out to make sure there are no medical problems.  If it really is teething, you'll just have to wait it out I think. 



We used "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" and there are some things in there that really make sense.  The author recommends letting them cry it out with some limits.  Mostly getting my baby on the right schedule and keeping him from getting overtired seemed to be the key.  Babies sleep better during certain times of the day.  He naps at 9 am, 1 pm, 5pm (short nap), and goes to bed by eight.  The book says that if they cry during a nap, let them cry up to an hour (checking regularly of course if they're likely to get stuck standing etc.) and if they don't sleep, get them up and try again at the next nap time.  My baby didn't cry for more than 15 minutes and sometimes doesn't even cry, just babbles until he falls asleep. 



And food before sleeping won't make a baby sleep longer.  The length of time they sleep at night is determined by the stage of development they're in so you can feed them before bed but rice in a bottle won't help. 



Best of luck!

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I would check for possible health reasons for waking. I found some info on Dr. Sears' website. Here are some possible reasons....



-Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) When baby lies flat, irritating stomach acids are regurgitated into the esophagus, causing pain that adults call "heartburn."



-Food allergies such as an allergy to formula or to the cow's milk breastfeeding mothers drink. Suspect if baby is restless most of the night and is generally gassy.



-Ear infections



-Pinworms



 



Babies who awaken frequently because of a medical cause are also more likely to be colicky and fussy during the day, but not necessarily. If you suspect a medical cause, in partnership with your doctor, keep investigating until you find the cause and the treatment.



It would be really sad to do cio if your babe had one of these issues :( 



oh and DON'T put cereal in a bottle...that is not good.



good luck to you and your babe :)

Jennifer - posted on 01/30/2009

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I don't see a problem conforting her especially if she is teething. I'm not sure how you would feel about this, but I would like to suggest a stick of celery. It has an enzyme in it called cerlerase, and it's a natural numbing agent. If one eats a bunch of celery, they would notice to mouth go slightly numb. The celery being cold too would be soothing. Worked (and is still working) like a charm for my son. And since she's 5 months old, she probably wouldn't beable to bite it off. Good luck!

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Lisa - posted on 02/04/2009

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i would definitely check with the doctor...my daughter had reflux too and was lactose intolerant so i had to change my diet and put her on meds...regardless, i have read plently of research that states that letting a child cry it out can change their neurological system...esp before the age of 6 months crying longer than 5 mins at a time is not healthy for a baby...even graduated crying it out was not an option for me...i had serious stress involving her sleep too...i would read a lot, talk to as many people as possible and do what you feel is best...after you talk to the dr concerning health problems...

Sue - posted on 02/03/2009

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You need to find a pediatric chiropractor and have her checked out. Teething can be hard enough but combine that with any kind of structural misallignment and you really have an unhappy child. My son has been seeing a chiropractor since birth, his dad, and we have benefited from it so much. When all the other moms of children his age talk about ear infections, no sleep, difficulty feeding, etc. I always suggest having a check. Birth is the most traumatic experience on a developning spine, neck, and nervous system - no matter what type of birth you had! If all yolu've tried so far hasn't worked you have nothing to loose with trying a natural, drug free, approach. To find a DR in your area check the ICPA website.

Patti - posted on 02/03/2009

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Hi,



My son will be 6 months & I dealt w/the same thing for a long time but it has gotten better. He is still teething bad & the tylenol doesn't work at all!!! I  usually let him chew on a cold or frozen teether for a while & then make sure that you shut off anything distracting around her (TV, radio etc.). Than I usually run water in the bathroom slightly & in the dark walk him back & forth.  This has been working for me for about a month now. once she falls asleep hold her for 15 mins & then put her down in her crib with a noise maker on.



Good Luck.

Nicci - posted on 02/02/2009

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Hi Misty,



I'm a mother of 2 babies and I am a Licensed Infant Massage Instructor, I would highly recommend finding infant Massage in your area to learn some soothing techniques for you and baby. The at night i would give her a nice warm bath, that's relaxing, then after the bath but her in boppy and give her a 10 minute massage. My children have the benefit of my work but I'll tell you one thing they love masage and sometimes fall asleep before I'm finished! It has so many benfits for developmental, growth, pain, colic, gas, digestion....etc. Best of luck!



Nicole

Gina - posted on 02/02/2009

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I got that book too, it was very helpful. If it wasn't for the book and the suggestions I would not have noticed the patterns that led us to find that the real sleep problem which was in her nasal passages.

Amy - posted on 02/02/2009

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Our son didn't sleep either and now he sleeps 12 hours at night. A book that really helped us was "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" by Dr. Marc Weissbluth...we got it at Target for like 10 bucks. Best 10$ I ever spent. It was a life saver and still is. He talks alot about early bed times and a soothing routine etc. Check it out and good luck ;)

Gina - posted on 02/02/2009

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Nthing worked for my daughter either.. tablets seemed to help, but not enough to sleep. Sock up on good videos to watch at night. :) One thing that provided a lot of relief was otter pops. She didn't like teething rings or cold rags or onions or the other 20,000 suggestions, but the otter pops numbed her, she got some water for her dehydration out of it since she wouldn't drink out of a bottle or sippy cup when she was in pain, and she would fall asleep when the pain went away.  She still wouldn't sleep through the night for two more years, but that turned out to be a separate problem she was having where when she lays down her nasal passages close up. It was allegies.

Josie - posted on 02/02/2009

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Are you feeding her any cereal??? I recently discovered my son wasn't sleeping because of the cereal was having a hard time digesting it. I took him off and he is back to sleeping through the night. Also for teething I use homeopathic teething drops! worked like a charm better then tylenol or oragel!

Andrea - posted on 02/02/2009

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Ayone who has been in this position feels your pain. My little angel has only now begun to sleep better and he is almost 2 years old. It is agonizing to live without sleep. I figured out after 18 months that my son was lactose intolerant or sensitive. Then he began to eat solid foods, he began reacting to food coloring. Try to only give medicines that are die free, some people get hyped up because of them. If you are giving your baby formula try switching to NEUTRAMIGIN. It is more expensive, but if there is something I learned, I would pay for some sleep. I also had my baby sleep in his car seat carrier. I just put the whole thing in his crib and that seemed to snuggle him up a bit. He will be 2 soon and I still am rocking him to sleep. I guess I am to blame for that. I should stop spoiling him. It is just the path of least resistance and I am still sleep deprived. I hope you get some rest soon.

Crystal - posted on 02/02/2009

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Someone may have suggested this but I do not have time to read all the posts. Hylands teething tablets, you can get them at Rite-Aid, Wal-Mart..etc. Also, I took both of my children to a chiropractor when the were 3 days old and have continued treatments troguhout the years. DD is 8 DS is 3. That did wonders for sleeping, pooping, teething, ear infection prevention..etc. I highly reccommend this!

Sue - posted on 02/02/2009

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Hey Misty,

Nothing is worse then a baby that won't sleep. My children are 16 and almost 13 and the best advise I can give you is put her down, she is getting to use to you always holding her. I know its hard to let them cry it out, but as long as she is feed, diaper changed and everything else is fine with her let her cry. That is the only way babies have to where themselves out, besides you don't think a baby can pull your chan but they can, there little minds respond to what is working for them to get the attention they want even at that young of an age. Good Luck.

Colbey - posted on 02/02/2009

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Sometimes tylenol with the food dyes can keep them up and in a wired state. They have tylenol without the dyes if that is the problem.

Naomi - posted on 02/02/2009

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my son was the same at 7 months, we took him to a child sleep specialist, at this age they should be sleeping 20 hours a day. He gave us a 5 day plan guarenteed to work, it worked for us in 3 days. But you have to be strong. It is hard work. U need to try and get the night sleeps working first, then u can worry about the day time.



Night 1; put her in her bed, allow her to cry for 5 mins, go in settle her for 1 min. do not get her out, or cuddle her. do not spend more than 1 min in there with her. Come out and allow her to cry this time leave it for 10mins,  again u may then go in and settle her, no more than 1 min, etc continue in this manner increasing the time by 5 min. Do not pick her up or cuddle her. This first night is the hardest. She should be put to bed at a time which you decide depending on what time you need to get up in the morning, allowing for her to get 12 hours sleep. eg; if u need to get her up at 7.00am then she shoud be put to bed at 7pm.



This first night may take her up to about 30-35 mins or more of crying.



Continue in this manner for 4 nights. Each night you will find she the crying less and your 5 min intervals getting less. By night 4 she should settle down, do not go in if she is not crying. On the 5th night if she has been quiet on the 4th she may try u out again and start crying. She is testing you, do not go in.



If needs be you can shut the door, if when you go in there she continues to cry and you cant settle her then you need to shut the door and have no contact.



They have to learn that you will return when they have slept long enough. Bed time is bed time.



I thought it was harsh to start with but by night 3 our son was fine, he tested us on night 4 and when we didnt go in he went to sleep. He slept every night since then until he was 21/2 when we had to put him from cot to bed, then he can get out, but at least we had 18 months of peaceful sleep at night. C how u go.

Liz - posted on 02/02/2009

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it may be over by now but when my first daughter was born she only slept 2 hours at at time and than was a wake for two hours it was not a great time but it does get better i would have to start restint at 7 with her to make it though the night hopefully you have soem support i was on my own so i truned phone ringer off to sleep when she slept but it will get better

i had her in my bed than in a bastet beside the bed than across the room than i put her in her crib than she began to sleep longer but

but i just read the note below please do not put cearal in the bottle not a good idea can be harmfull

and i do suggest that you give her a little bit of time on her own children need to learn a little to relax them selfs

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Hi Misty I really feel for you it's really hard when they don't sleep. I know you've had loads of suggestions and I hope something works for you. We had a problem with our boy not sleeping for long mainly during the day (nights were ok as long as he was swaddled), but our health nurse also suggested that we cover his cot with a sheet so that he can't get distracted by anything in his room. I also find that singing to him helps a lot, (only from me, it doesn't work for my husband). We also give him regular doses of Infants friend which is a natural remedy for wind which has worked really well.
Good Luck, my fingers are crossed for you.

Glenda - posted on 02/02/2009

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Post a reply!HI, my baby went through the same thing, I was so exhausted because he didn't sleep at all, I did everything you did, but if it's teething sometimes you have to ride it out until the tooth breaks, don't worry IT WILL get better soon, and I used to use Motrin, it's stronger pain relief than Tylenol and my doctor said that was ok to use. I also put my baby on a routine, his naps and eating and bathing were always at the same time, I know that's hard to do but it does help, and whenever your baby does manage to sleep, lie next to her and rest too. I don't know which teething tablets you are using, but the Homepathic teething are really good, but they are a little hard to find, usually you can get them at a pharmacy, if not the Highland ones worked but I used pop like 6 in his mouth, they're all natural and they never harmed him and it helped. And don't let people tell you your baby is spoiled, baby's thrive on being held and nurtured and if she's not feeling good, holding her will comfort her and you know you're baby, and I'll just give you some advice, after having 3 kids, if this is your first baby, the housework, dinner, etc, that can all wait, you're already in a stressful situation and if you make yourself at ease, your baby will sense that and become more at ease, easier said than done right, but it's true, your baby is going through a stressful time right now with teething, sometimes love and comfort from mommy will do wonders medicine can't. Good luck.

Anna - posted on 02/01/2009

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Hi, im sure you have had a lot of advice on this already but here is my two cents.

When i was a baby and young child my mother went crazy with the same problem you have even now as an adult i am told i do not have a severe sleep problem be it insomnia or any other cause.

My mother would end up giving me sleep medication about every three to four days in fear it was affecting my health, i in no way condone this.

If your being close to her is the only thing that is helping your child right now then i suggest continuing doing that, and dont expect any quick fix solutions i know that is not what you want to read so sorry.

Not many things worked for me and even now i am still having difficulty sleeping, i never sleep through the night, not once, ever.

What might help although im sure you have tried it is feeding her in smaller meals rather than by a set routine and if she feeds not long before you try to settle her for bed this will help her feel more content and more at ease to fall asleep.

Also if you have something like a toy, a sound (maybe a small trinket box) that is introduced with her sleeping ritual this will give her something to associate with going to bed so long as its only used specifically for bed time.

This suggestion is for everything else having failed, i really hope this helps and goodluck with your little girl.

Pati - posted on 02/01/2009

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My daughter got her first 6 teeth in a matter of days, 5 to be exact. I do remember it being a trying time, she was 5 months and 1 day when the first one popped through. We did not have the cool nets for frozen bananas and stuff, but I would freeze wash cloths. Right after the first ones came in up front the back ones started pushing their way up and thats when she was most uncomfortable. I was reading her baby book and I have noted that she was not liking the whole lay down and sleep idea, or lay down and cuddle or play on the floor or anything in the horizontal realm. She liked her walker and to be up right in any way. I have a picture of her propped up on one of those arm pillows and some more pillows on the floor up against the couch with a caption “and she sleeps”. I had her propped up in bed too seems that was the only way she would go down. I remember calling my mom crying, her telling me to use whiskey on a q tip before I gave her the wash cloths. Looking back I wonder if the bottom teeth affected her ears or sinuses. It only lasted about 6 weeks and then she went back to sleeping like before

Shannon - posted on 02/01/2009

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I have two children and they both went through the same phase as yours is, we tried all the medicines and i read every book out there nothing work until the elderly man next door who is 93, told to put whiskey on their gums, dip your finger in it rub ib on the gums it soothes them and takes the pain away, I wasn't really sure but I had nothing to loose, so we gave it a shot we put it on theirs gums every 3-4 hrs after about the second time my first child slept for 4 hours without even moving, the second child slept for about 2 and half to 3 hrs. That is just the old wives tells around here but the whole family has done it and it has worked for each child.

Lacy - posted on 02/01/2009

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Go to askdrsears.com, and then go to sleep problems. This is the most helpful website on the planet. I have used it for questions for all 3 of my girls.

Joline - posted on 02/01/2009

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I use Camillia for my son. You can get it at almost any store with a pharmacy. It is all natural and i found that it works great for teething.

Julie - posted on 02/01/2009

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My son wouldn't sleep either.  He would only sleep if I held him.  He had severe acid reflux disorder and had to be put on prevacid.  Once the medicine began to work, and we elevated his crib mattress, he slept through the night.  Ask your pediatrician.

Raylene - posted on 02/01/2009

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Have you tried taking her to a pediatrition to rule out all possiblilities, you may like to try, Karatani, or tracillian they have help quite a few of my girlfriends. She just may need to retain her body how to sleep, it can't be good for her health not to sleep for you and it cant be good for you or you partner you would have to be exsusted,  I did have a really shittiy sleeper she had silent relufx to us ages to work it out, she would sleep up right on my chest in the recliner or in our bed with us for comfort, you really have to do what works best for you and your family, hopefully it will pass wishing you all the very best. A natrapath or homeopath, or chiropractor may help too she just may need her sleep receptors turned back on.

Rhiannon - posted on 02/01/2009

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I noticed that a few people mentioned the "cry it out" method, but you should know that you aren't supposed to try this until they are at least 6 months. It's ok to let her cry for a few minutes before picking her up, but you shouldn't use the actual cry it out method yet. I would definitely try some of the other suggestions before trying that!

Amber - posted on 02/01/2009

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Oh also, if you have one of those boppy pillows, try laying your child in it and snuggling the pillow around her. That also helps my daughter sleep cause she feels like she is being cuddled. I usually let my daughter fall asleep on me and then I'll lay her in the pillow.

Amber - posted on 02/01/2009

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I don't know if this will work for you or not, but I'm a stay a home mom so it works for me. My daughter is 7 months old now, but I've been doing this since she was about 3 months old cause she has had other problems as well. My daughter really doesn't nap to good durring the day, maybe 10 - 20 minutes every few hours. We do 5 ounce bottles every 3 hours for a total of 5 bottles throughout the day. She also does one jar of baby food and 2 ounces of juice mixed with 2 ounces of water. My doctor reccomended this to me. She goes to bed between 8 and 8:30 at night and wakes up at 7am. She actually sleeps throughout the night, doesn't wake up at all. Before she would be waking up every few hours. My husband is in the military and deployed so most of the time I let my daughter sleep in bed with me on her own pillow. You might try putting your daughter in bed with you if you are able to. She also has a bassinet in my bedroom next to the bed that she'll sleep in. My daughter is also teething, has been since she was 5 months and we still haven't gotten any teeth yet. I've tried everything for the pain and only one thing seems to work for her. It's the homeopathic teething drops. The brand is Gentle Naturals. It has a picture of winnie the pooh on the box. They are hard to find though. The only place I was able to find them at is Walgreens. Well, I hope this helps. Good luck!

Cassie - posted on 02/01/2009

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"SAVE OUR SLEEP" Best book i have ever bought! my little girl is 15months old. She is a perfect sleeper and has been since two weeks old thanks the this book. She sleeps 7til7 and has two 1-2 hour sleeps throughout the day. I have also got friends that have used the book like a bible and now have great sleeping babies. It is a bit hard at first but well well well worth it.



GOOD LUCK.....!

Pam - posted on 02/01/2009

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You'd be very surprised at how smart our little darlings are at twisting us around their little fingers, in saying that you need to check everything is ok fed, clean nappie and then at bed time do everything to promote sleep, but not to much fuss about it as its a normal part of life dont make it seem like its unusual, put her to bed at bed time, read her a book, sing a little song if you like, a loving kiss gentle loving words and goodnight darling see you in the morning, close the door and let her sleep, a little routine and she will adjust to it very quickly you must stick to the routine though to, she will only play up for a couple of nights as long as you stick to it, give it a try, goodluck, Pam

Kerry-Ann - posted on 02/01/2009

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My son was like that and found out he was lactose intolerant...put him on lactose free formula and wham!!!! 24hrs later i had a new boy :)

Jaclyn - posted on 01/31/2009

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Have you talked to the doctor?  I thought my son was teething (he's 6 months old now) bc he was drooling a lot and putting everything in his mouth but what it actually was lack of sleep.  He has been taking longer naps durinf the day and is finally sleeping threw the night.   He did the same thing with the 5 min cat naps and would be so cranky all day.  Once we finally figured out what the problem was he has been a happy baby.  Actually Ive never seen him happier.  I actually hired a dualawho came into my home and saw what was going on and made some changes.  She is the best thing ever.  If you want her number for some advice email me.  She has been doing this for 26 years and has 6 kids of her own. 

Jaclyn - posted on 01/31/2009

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Have you talked to the doctor?  I thought my son was teething (he's 6 months old now) bc he was drooling a lot and putting everything in his mouth but what it actually was lack of sleep.  He has been taking longer naps durinf the day and is finally sleeping threw the night.   He did the same thing with the 5 min cat naps and would be so cranky all day.  Once we finally figured out what the problem was he has been a happy baby.  Actually Ive never seen him happier.  I actually hired a dualawho came into my home and saw what was going on and made some changes.  She is the best thing ever.  If you want her number for some advice email me.  She has been doing this for 26 years and has 6 kids of her own. 

Erika - posted on 01/31/2009

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Hello I know you may think i'm crazy but try some CAT NIP TEA it should clam her down and she should be able to go to sleep you should be albe to get from a health food store

Fara - posted on 01/31/2009

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Try some chamomille tea. It's very calmng and soothing. I used to give it to my babies--especially if they had a stomache ache.

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Oh I forgot sometime the weight of blankets on them will help them sleep too!  It comforts them.

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Maybe a nice warm bath at night would relax her, my nine year old went through the very samething, the Dr. told me a warm bath and tylenol and put him to bed with some classical music playing softly on the back ground. I thought, why not. It worked!



I wish you the best and that book sounds great! Got to go get a copy for my daughter and her two year old. :)

Eleni - posted on 01/31/2009

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My son did the same thing once where he would fall asleep for a little bit and then would wake up crying - i thought it was teething too - but turned out that he had an ear infection and it would hurt more to lay down that's why he would be comforted to be held upright

Richelle - posted on 01/31/2009

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I know my daughter went from sleeping through the night to waking up a few times. She seems to have a hard time getting comfortable. We have been letting her sip on a juice bottle through the night. Her throat may be dry. What about trying to prop her on her side???

User - posted on 01/31/2009

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fresh air walkss outside! car rides! excersise her do the bicycle with her legs see if she has gas?

User - posted on 01/31/2009

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Hi Misty, I don't know if this would help, but I went through something similar with my 2 year old when he was 8 weeks old and it turned out to be acid reflux.  He didn't spit up a lot so I didn't think that would be it, but it was.  He slept in my arms while sittle upright and walking with him and as soon as I put him down he woke up with a couple minutes.  He had a really bad case and it didn't clear up until he was 8 months old (with medicines).  But a lot of my friends have had similar short-term problems with reflux.  I suggest scheduling an apt. with your pediatrician.  I hope this was helpful and good luck and hang in there!

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Quoting Misty:

okay guys my lil girl is 5 mnths old, she doesnt sleep, and when i say that i dont mean at night i mean she doesnt sleep at night or during the day. Maybe a combined total of like 3 hrs. she cat naps like 30 seconds here or maybe 10 minutes there. I think she is in pain, cuz she is teething really bad , but i do oragel, tylenol,teething tablets everything. She is okay as long as you hold her she is comforted, but still wont sleep. any sugg??




OK it sounds like she may be colicky. Try swaddling her as tight as you can and also try giving her a warm bottle at bedtime. If she takes a binky that always works too but not always. Or you can lay her between you legs and pound her butt and her back with both hands. I was a colicky baby and that is what my dad used to do for me and I would go right to sleep. You can also try putting a night light in her room as well she may be afraid of the dark

Kim - posted on 01/31/2009

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Have you tried any type of babywearing?  I used several different kinds with both of my kids at different times in their development.  When babies don't feel good or are going through some type of change, the stress can disturb their sleep habits.  I have a Moby Wrap that was under $40 and when my kids are fussing I can wear them and still get things done around the house.  The most amazing thing is that while you are moving around, your baby will fall asleep.  But if you suspect your child is in pain, definitely see the dr. first and rule out ear infection and get some other ideas for easing teething pain.  I always used a wet washcloth frozen and let my kids gnaw on those.  Good luck to you. 

User - posted on 01/31/2009

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I went through a period when my son wasn't sleeping during the day and I read something that mentioned that an awake baby is a hungry baby.



Have you looked at increasing the amount of milk she is having at each feed because once I did that with my son he started sleeping really well during the day again.



I hope this might be helpful, good luck.

User - posted on 01/31/2009

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Have you had her checked for allergies?   My daughter was like that and when she was about 11 months she was hospitalized and after many tests they realized she had a severe milk protein allergy.    So she didn't sleep because she was in pain and the allergy wasn't picked up until then.   Check out allergies



Hope this works

Fatin - posted on 01/31/2009

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you should not give her medicine for teething at all because that can cause her to have reflux and it irritates the stomache..i have triplets and i just kept teething rings in the fridge and gave it to them or orajel...the sleeping part try giving her a nice warm bath at nite and put 2 tablespoons of cereal in her bottle at nite after the bath and see how that works...if all else fails take her to the doc cuz she could have a problem with the formula or gas or somethin else hopefully not but it wouldn't hurt to take her...hope things work out for ya...did you start feeding her baby food yet? and do you give her water to drink?

Roxi - posted on 01/31/2009

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you might try gas drops.. my daughter rarely slept, and would cry constantly, mylecon was a lifesaver

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When my kids were that age I let them teeth very supervised on egg bagels.. they are soft but you have to watch them.. they will get slimy that's ok but if they start to break them then take it away. sees to help. What is she eating? sometimes staying awake like that can be an allergy or intolerance to certain foods. What worked for my daughter was a radio under her bed set to white noise.... Some kids just need that constant soothing.. sounds strange but it worked with mine... Good luck

Audra - posted on 01/31/2009

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I went through that same thing with my son.  Dark room, white noise maker, swaddling, pacifier . . .. I hate to tell you this, but the only thing that helped us in the end was a form of "sleep training" called "extinction" . . . which basically means let her cry it out.



It's the most horrible, heart-wrenching thing I've ever done, but one week of habitually putting my son down for a nap at 10 & 2 and putting him to bed by 6:30 or 7 and not going to get him until 7 the next morning really did the trick.  I never let him cry for more than an hour - that was my limit.  And I always had the baby monitor close in case there was choking going on in his bedroom. 



I took a week off of work, had my mom and husband stick around for moral support, I cried and cried, but now he sleeps like a champ.  He's so easy now - and I feel sane again!!!



But you have to do this soon because by 7 - 9 months she'll be crawling and mobile.  WIth her newly found freedom, it'll be that much harder to teach her how to put herself to sleep.



 

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my son had the exact problem, and he ended up with sleep apnea. Please take your child to the doctor and have them check toncils and adnoids. After the removal of these my son finally slept for the first time all night. It was amazing. Going with out sleep ca hurt her in many ways. Sleep is required for brain function. Like I said, have her checked for sleep apnea, If that isn't it, you can at least rule it out.

Jennifer - posted on 01/31/2009

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I had the same problem with my son.  He is now 8 months old and he still wakes 2-4 times a night--crying.  I give him his bottle, he drinks and then falls back asleep.  He wakes up each night looking for his bottle even though he has had a good size dinner (fruit/yogurt/ceral).  He is looking for the bottle for comfort.  Try giving you baby her pacifier.  (My son doesn't use one).  Try running a fan in the room for white noise.  TRY letting her cry it out (just a little while).  It really works, although can be unbearable for mom and dad.  I know--we try to do it......

Christine - posted on 01/31/2009

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I have the same problem with my daughter. She is the worst teether. She's only happy when we carry her around the house and distract her with things. It goes on for weeks at at a time. Sometimes I wish she would just grow up already so we can be over this teething. It really can be a nightmare sometimes. Why can't humans just be born with all of their teeth already! You should definitely talk to your doctor about the tylenol and motrin. My doctor insisted that we should only do that for the first 24 hours and then after that we have to stick with the orajel and gum massaging. Honestly, I give her Motrin beyond the 24 hours, but it doesn't always help. Your baby can have ill effects from the lack of sleep, hopefully your doctor can give you some relief. Hang in there!

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