Childhood Diseases

Posted by: linapk | 2009-05-21


baby crying during the night at 9 motnhs she was never cholic

My 9 moth old daughter had measles starting last week Tuesday, and then when she got better she started with night tantrums it started Sunday night, she goes to sleep between 7 and 8:30 and she sleeps till 10 then she wakes up crying and then we give her her bottle and sit with her till she walls asleep then every 20 mins she wakes up crying, staniding in her crib, shaking the crib screaming if we pick her up so try and sooth her she pushes you away, if you hold her laying in your arms she turns around and then pushes away. I have tried to rub her tummy or gums and ears thinking it could be one of those that hurt but it does not help, she rolls around and sometimes it seems that she s crying in her sleep. What seems to help is sitting on a rocking chair and just rocking back and forth but she only falls asleep and sleeps for 20 mins.

Someone told me that this is her trying to force her will on us and that by indulging we are showing her that she can get away with it. They said we must put her in her cot and leave her there to scream and after half and hour if she still screams we must leave and close the door untill she creams cries herself to sleep.

I do not beleive in doing that for that long, I have always left her in her cot for 10 mins oor so but I always stay in the room not making eye contact with her showing her that i'  m not abandoning her but that she must sleep. she slept through till Sunday then shit started all of a sudden.

Is this just a battle of wills or is there perhaps something else?

Expert's Reply



This is certainly not a battle of wills in such a young baby. Your baby has recently been ill and may still have a problem such as an ear infection following the measles-or some other problem. Please ask your doctor to see her to make sure that nothing is being missed here.

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