Childhood Diseases

Posted by: J | 2009/03/12


Baby goes through 1L tea during night!!!

My son is now 23 months old. He has NEVER slept throug. And till today I take about 4 bottles of tea to bed with me. HE wakes up every 2 hours and asks for his tea. I am so tired I just give it to him. He eats well before bedtime. Can he be hungry or what? Most of my nights at abour 2 in the morning I have to get a towel or something then he wet everything!! He drinks about 1L tea. What must I do????? I have tried to ignore him when he wakes up but then he totaly wakes up and scream and demands that tea and after the scream session I just give in and give it to him so I can sleep!! WHAT is wrong with him? Or is it my fualt. I need help I don' t even want to go to bed at night.

Expert's Reply



If you are giving your son regular tea it is probably all the caffeine in the tea that is keeping him awake. In any case this is a situation which simply cannot be allowed to continue. He can possibly have one bottle of milk at bedtime although he is a bit old for this now. After that it is nothing more even if you have to go through one or two nights of the controlled crying method.

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Posted by: Jojo | 2009/03/14

Why do you give hime tea at night? Maybe he is hungry. Why don' t you give him some milk instead. Or maybe even give him some cereal to eat before he goes to bed. Very unusual for a child to be waking up at night for something to drink. It may also be time to wean him off that bottle. My daughter was this age when she went off the bottle and would only drink out of a cup. If you' re giving him normal tea, then he is probably just addicted to it by now and the caffeine is keeping him awake as well. Are you sure you' re not giving him supper too early? He could be getting hungry again. Try the cereal again in the evening. Not sure what you' re feeding him at this time. Try some weetbix.It is filling.

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