sick baby with sleeping problems

Kirsty - posted on 04/15/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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my 4 month old baby boy has had a cold for a week and a half now, the only way i could get him to sleep was to rock him in my arms.

now i am paying the price for that becasue he is neally better and i need him to go to sleep like he did before but the only way to get him to sleep is to rock him.

how can i get him back into the routine of sleeping like he was before, when he would get tired, i would rock him for a bit till his eyes got all droopy and then i would put him in his cot and he would fall asleep by himself. if i do that now he just screams till i pick him up.

how can i get him back to normal?

any advice would be greatly appreciated.

thank you

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Kirsty - posted on 04/15/2009

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thankyou all for ur great advice. u are all life savers.

thanx so much

oxoxox

Kirsty - posted on 04/15/2009

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he just had his first sleep and i rocked him for a bit and put him down in his bed like i used to, and i left the room, he sooked for a little while, but not really crying. then he stated crying and wouldnt stop, i picked him up and rocked him till he stopped crying, then i put him down a gain,( had to do this 3 times and then the last time, he sooked for a bit then went to sleep.

so il keep this up every sleep and hopefully he will be back to narmal in no time.

Ruth - posted on 04/15/2009

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I hate to say it but controlled crying with sleep clues is the way to go. It worked for all three of mine and bedtime now is a joy. Bath, go to his bedroom never downstairs to get dried. Have the room with low lights and have a soothing drying even soothe him with a little massage. Pj's , story then put down in his cot awake. He'll cry but give it a couple of minutes go back reassure him and walk away, then continue with controlled crying. First night is hard work but eventually they get the idea and just learn to fall asleep it'll also helps if he wakes in the night because he'll have learnt how to fall back to sleep himself. Be strong though, its hard work but don't give in and you'll be really proud of yourself that you've done it. Stick to the rountine hail, rain or shine he'll get it. Good luck x

User - posted on 04/15/2009

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One thought - I don't like to make my daughter "cry it out" either, but I will let her fuss for up to 5 minutes or so to see if she will settle down on her own or truly needs me. For example, this morning, she let out a "waaa" at 6:00, and then stopped. If she would have kept on crying, I would have gotten up for her, but with only a 15 second "waaa" - I waited to see if she would keep crying or stop.

Betty - posted on 04/15/2009

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do u have a moses basket?
if you do try putting him to sleep in there for a few times and then hopefully he will start to get used tto being in the cot .Then try him in the cot again.Good luck

Claire - posted on 04/15/2009

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I found baby sleeping bags or swaddling my kids (with the arms out) helped as it makes them feel secure and almost like being held. Keep an eye on their temp if you swaddle them though and once they are asleep you can just unwrap the blanket and tuck them in as normal. It's just returning to their old routine which they will get back into soon enough. Maybe he is just feeling a little unwell still so wanting mummy. I also found that just resting my hand on the babies tummy whilst they were in the cot so they know you are there helped. It's not nice to hear them cry but it doesn't hurt them and although I dont like to leave them as they often just get more and more upset and you can't calm them down at all, there is advice that says pick them up and as soon as they stop crying put them back down and keep doing that so they relise you are still there but they can sleep peacefully in their cot rather than on you lol.

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Go back to exactly the same routine in what you were doing before he got sick. You need to put his bed on a slight slope by placing a pillow or something under his matteress. Make sure he is placed at the bottom of the bed/cot as his will otherwise slip under blankets. What is happening is that when he lies flat, the phlem is resting on his chest and has no where to go causing him to cough and have breathing difficulitles. so his chest needs to be higherthan his bottom. He will eventually poo out the phlem and it may be alittle runnier than usual. I also reccoment that you get hold of a nebuliser. This will be your greatest asset. Put WARM preboiled water into the nebuliser and hold it to his face 4 times throughout the day. This well break up the phlem in his lungs and will help to pass it out. I still do this with all my kids including my eldest who is now 13 at the first sign of and chest infection or cold. It clears it up very quickly. :)

Alicia - posted on 04/15/2009

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Hi I've had to do the same thing several times! You could try holding him on his side facing away from you with one hand over his arm and shoulder so he knows you are there with him and use the other hand to either pat him on the bum or rub his back, it took me a good few go's to get this to start working again, other than that the only advice I ever got was to let him cry - I can't personally do this to my child I think its cruel, but whatever works for you! I've just noticed that it takes a few times to start working, so instead of giving up staright  away just try it a few times. see how you go - hope i've helped a little and good luck!

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