My son won't sleep through the night....

Allison - posted on 03/25/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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It's been a while scince i have had the privlage to stay up on my day off. I never relized how offten my son of 7 1/2 mnths wakes at night. (his father takes care of him). Oh and it is a blood curtling scream and it takes alot to get him to stop, he doesn't always won't a bottle, or his plug. He is un happy with what ever i try- unlill he is forced to fall asleep in my arms with the motion of my swaying. What is wrong, and is there somthing i can do?

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Lea Ann - posted on 03/26/2009

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It sounds like your little guy is having night terrors, if this turns out to be whats wrong there is not alot you can do. Some of my friends let thier kids cry it out / others hold & comfort tell they fall back asleep you can check with your doctor, but most kids eventually outgrow this... Sorry

Dusty - posted on 03/26/2009

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Im sorry Im probably not going to be much help. I think I had a sleeper on my hands. But he does have his nights where he won't sleep. Mine is a year old. I started him on a schedule when he was about a month old. I read baby wise and followed their feeding schedule. I didn't follow the cry it out thing. Although there have been a few nights where I have let him cry it out but NEVER longer than five mine. It just breaks my heart to hear him cry. He stopped sleeping thru the night at 11 months old and that drove me nuts. He just recently started to sleep thru the night again. That was only after two sleepless nights in the hospital for dehydration. I think for him it was just an eating issue. We were switching him from formula to normal milk. Its no fun to be up at night and Im really sorry he isn't. Hopefully you will find something that works.

Kayleigh - posted on 03/25/2009

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to be honest i wouldnt like to advise to much on what could be causing this as it could be anything off a very long list although u are not on ur own many mums struggle with the same problems it could be something very minor to do with his bedtime routitine i think the best advise any one can give is get advise from the doctor or ur healthvisitor as they will help to pinpoint the problem and give you help and support to nip this problem in the bud it is a very disstressing time for a mother when the comfort she gives doesnt work but like i said there are a number of issues it could be and it could just be a case of changing sumthing in his routine but the sooner you speak to sumone about it the better my healthvisitor says to me wind is usually the cause of constant crying but if its 4 longer than 10 mins at one time or ur unable to comfort him then it is best to call someone and have him checked over as in some cases constant crying can lead to fits as the body gets very overheated im sorry i couldnt advise anymore but the doctor really is the best bet i hope i have been able to help in sum way and that its sorted soon! good luck with this

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Pamela - posted on 04/06/2009

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some moms appear to be suggesting night terrors.  Before you assume something that extreme I think you should talk to your doctor but it very well could be teething at his age.  My daughter went through that and all we could do was hold her.

MELANIE - posted on 04/05/2009

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IF IT ISN'T TEETHING MAYBE HE HAS HIS DAYS AND NIGHTS MIXED? OTHER THAN THAT I WOULD SAY TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR.

Pamela - posted on 04/05/2009

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If he has had a change in routine (yours or his) that could be causing this.  I have experienced this with my daughter, who is now 18 months old.  Sometimes my daughter still wakes up at night, and I have figured out that if I pick her up and give you a hug for a minute she is ready to lay back down in her bed and goes right back to sleep until morning.  However, not all babies can be picked up at night and go back down on their own.  Sometimes you just have to let them cry it out, but try to be consistent whatever you choose to do.

Emily - posted on 04/03/2009

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Awww,  it sounds like night terrors to me too. I have no advice, though, sorry :(     BUT he will sleep through the night eventually I promise.

Louise - posted on 04/02/2009

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Hi my son was colic when he was an infant.  I made sure I would make him burp after every feeding.  He would only sleep when I'm carrying him or when he lies on my chest with tummy down.  He would cry and cry and cry until I carry him.  It was difficult for me, I had 3 hours of sleep in a day.  I told his doctor that gas bothers him.  He said, that babies pass gas without pain.  I had gas pains when I was a kid so I know how painful it can get.  It was a problem till we went to the Philippines.  His nanny bought acete de manzanilla and put it ON his belly (do not ingest).  It's a topical gas remedy.  I also used it when I was a kid.  It worked wonders!!  He began sleeping better but farted a lot, which is fine.  However I do not recommend make your infant sleep on his belly due to increased risk of SIDS.



Another thing that could be bothering your baby might be that he's lactose intolerant.  Is he breast fed or bottle fed?  Maybe infant formula bothers him too.   But please consult a doctor before trying out any remedy.  Hope your baby feels better and you too.

User - posted on 04/02/2009

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My 15 month old needs to be near me to fall a sleep or else she won't go to sleep. She is my clingy girl, i will miss it when she out grows it. Sorry iam not much help.

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