sleepless nights

Fatima - posted on 03/30/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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i have a baby boy of 9 months old. he started sleephing throught the night at the age of 3 months. but lately he just wakes up during the night and starts screaming and does not stop. it even sounds like someone is hurting him, the way he screams. i pick him up and give him a bottle but still nothing helps.

i did not have this problem with my two girls. so i don't know what it could be.

please advice.

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Brandy - posted on 03/30/2009

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My sister had the same problem with her daughter and she came to find out that she had acid reflex. You might want to check with your doctor.

Rebecca - posted on 03/30/2009

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My daughter did the same thing!! We finally had to let her just cry it out for a couple nights and she finally started sleeping all night agian. I even went to my doctor and asked for help he just said that us as the parents were going to have to be stronger willed than she it, it worked she is now 1 year old and sleeping all night.

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Melanie - posted on 04/01/2009

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does he take a pacifier? well my first two didnt but my third one does. at about 2 months she started sleeping through the night but lately she has been waking up in the middle of the night and i just put the pacy in her mouth and she goes back to sleep. maybe the bottle doesnt help because hes not hungry. you might try that if you want. it helps me

Mary - posted on 03/31/2009

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You poor thing! It is heartwrenching as a parent to hear your baby cry and not be able to solve it. As a mom and a nurse, here's a couple of questions:
Has the doctor ruled out all medical problems, like GERD or an ear infection?
Is baby still taking naps the same way and without difficulty?
Are there any developmental delays to consider?
Does he seem to wake up when you come in and recognize your presence, or seem to be asleep and still screaming?

If everything above is normal, then unfortunately, it might just be defiance. I had the same experience with my son (now 3 1/2) several times between 9 and 18 months. After trying EVERYTHING to make sure nothing was wrong, we did let him CIO,although my husband or I would go in every few minutes, pat his back, etc and then leave again. After about four nights, he started sleeping better, but it was a horrible four nights!

The other thing I'm curious about is night terrors. If baby doesn't seem to be awake and isn't calming down with your presence, then he might be having these. Night terrors occur in some children and not in others. The good news is that children don't remember them (unlike nightmares.) The bad news is that there's little you can do except try to sooth them back to sleep. Most kids outgrow them eventually.

I hope it works out! Remember, whatever YOU choose to do will be the best for your baby, no one knows him better than you! Don't let anyone give you criticism for any choices you make!

Fatima - posted on 03/30/2009

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was that not heart sore to hear her crying the whole time and you doing nothing.



 

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