Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: tired | 2012-05-27

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baby wakings

Hi dr, my baby girl is 2 weeks from turning 1 year. She usually wakes about 2-3 times at night, but the last couple of days she has woken up between 5 and 6 times. I have gone through all the possibilities incl being cold. I dress her very warm and put lots of blankets over her. She will just sit up and start crying any time at night. Usually when I pick her up and hold her she will quiet down and sleep further or I will breastfeed her. During the day she takes one 2-3 hour nap and it very happy. She just cut her 8th tooth the last week. Which tooth is the next to come through and is it possible that this is the problem?Is this sleeping pattern normal and how can I get her to settle for longer periods of sleep?

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

This is something new that is worrying your baby. It is very possible that her molar teeth are starting to come through and causing her discomfort. Hopefully this will not last for too long.

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Posted by: R | 2012-05-29

My baby just turned a year, and it sounds exactly like our situation. We have also not find a solution. I''ve tried leaving him to cry, but he doesn''t fall asleep on his own, so I can either take a while and hold him until he sleeps (that takes a while) or I can let him breastfeed for a few minutes and then he falls asleep quicker. I would love other solutions, because I can''t keep on waking up like this and then still get up before 5 to go to work.

Reply to R
Posted by: Purple | 2012-05-28

The sleeping pattern is pretty normal for her age. It could very well be her teeth - or she wants comfort or she''s thirsty and wants a drink of breastmilk.

Breastfeeding her back to sleep is usually the quickest and easiest and ensures you all get some sleep.
Some mothers find that co-sleeping means they dont'' have to even wake up properly to feed baby and everyone gets more sleep, but this isnt'' the solution for everyone.

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