Childhood Diseases

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Posted by: Sherry | 2012-06-27

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4-month old baby girl

Hi there 

My baby girl is 19 weeks old (4 months), she is a very happy and healthy little girl and is such a pleasure. She sleeps extremly well at night. She would normally sleep through from 9pm and she will wake up a 6am with no interuptions. I have recently moved her into her own room at night to sleep. However, since the move she has been waking once at night. Please don''t get me wrong, I''m not complaining at all. I was wondering what the cause could be?

Do you think she could just be adjusting to the new environment?

I have also had a bit of difficulty feeding her. She has been drinking 180ml of Isomil formula - normally 6 bottles within a 24 hour period. She has been fussy lately not wanting to drink, and when she does she might only drink half and then not want the rest. She''ll push the teat out with her tongue.

She also constantly has her hands in mouth sucking them. when I put my finger in her mouth - she bits down quite hard.
There is also alot of drool, and the outside of her mouth is red as a result of the drool and the sucking of the hands.

Do you think she might be teething? Her gums aren''t swollen or red and no upset stomach at all.

I''m worried about her not drinking as much. Do you think I should start her on solids yet, or should I wait until she''s 6 months old?

Thank you

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

Your baby is definitely showing signs of teething. She is not ready to start on solids yet as this will cause her to want to drink even less as she will feel full.Her waking could also be due to her teething or to her being in a new 'strange' environment. She should soon settle down and hopefully will start feeding well again and sleeping through.

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Posted by: R | 2012-06-27

Congratulations! Your little girl is growing up - sounds very much like teething! ( I have a 6.5 month old :))

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