Childhood Diseases

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Posted by: Monica | 2010-02-17

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22mnth old not sleeping

Dear Doc. My daughter is 22months old and still wakes up at least twice a night for a milk (cows milk) feed can go up to 4 times a night. She eats all her food at the daymother during the day and sometimes battle to feed her in the evenings at home. My dr. recommended that I try and give her water at night for 5 nights - don' t work she still wakes up for the bottles of water. Last night she woke up about 1:40 and only went back to sleep at 2:30(first time it takes her so long to go back to sleep - she was crying). Do they dream or have nightmares? Hope you can help!

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

The probable reason for your daughter waking every night is due to a habit and possibly also the fact that she gets a bonus amount of attention when she is awake for long periods. If she is in her own room she may like to have a small nighlight in her room at night. The only way to stop this habit is to decide whether you want to use the controlled crying method.You need to have strong nerves but it will work.Read more on this site or look on Google.

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Posted by: Purple | 2010-02-17

I know a few people with children who have consistenly slept through the night before school going age - but not many.

My son did exactly what your son is doing when he was this age.

Sleep guru' s will give you all sorts of solutions, which can bring improvement, but the bottom line is that until your child is around 6 they will wake during the night. Sometimes it will need your attention, and sometimes they will just go back to sleep.

I tried sleep training in desperation, but after two weeks of my toddler screaming right through the night - from bedtime until I gave up at 5 am, and even after having vallergan prescribed to help us with the sleep training, I just gave up.
He' s six now, and mostly sleeps through the night, drinks his water in the cup next to his bed and only calls for me when he has a nightmare. What finally got us more sleep was putting my son in our bed. That doesn' t work for everyone and many people are dead against it, but for us, it was a life saver. He isn' t still in our bed, he just stopped needing to get into it gradually over the last few months. Some mornings we wake up and he' s in there, but it is getting less and less often.

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