Childhood Diseases

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Posted by: juan | 2013-01-15

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CHild not sleeping

My little girl will be 3 next month. We have always had a problem with waking at night, but usually only twice a night. Since mid December, it has gotten really bad, she wakes up to 8 times a night, and this is an everyday occurance. When it started she had a bit of ear infection from swimming, but after it cleared, she kept on waking up. My Brother had a similar problem and his Pead told them to give the child a strong painkiller for 5 days to get them in the routine of sleeping. We tried this as well, gave her 5ml of Stopayne for 5days which helped her sleep from 9pm to 3am, we used it for 5 days. The 6th days she went back to the same thing of waking up the whole time. We are really battling to cope with this, its been a month where we are getting around 3 hours of interupted sleep a night, we cannot function properly in the day. We ask her and she confirms that she is not sore any where. Please help doc.

Thanks Juan

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

Your little girl is certainly waking very often and the whole family is taking a lot of strain due to lack of sleep. Your daughter has got used to you coming to her at night when she starts to cry or when she wakes up. Do not offer her any milk when she wakes and do not allow her into your bed otherwise this will increase the habit. Do not give sedatives especially Stopayne which contains codeine that can cause dependence. There is probably only one reasonably quick solution to this problem and that is to use the controlled crying method. It is very hard on the nerves and can take about 3 nights to get right. Look up the controlled crying method on Google. This method will work if you follow the instructions exactly.

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Posted by: Simone | 2013-01-18

My daughter never slept for three and a half years. Really!
We found the following to work: a night light, a water bottle within reach and a comfort item (teddy). I know that these sound like obvious points, but make sure that she is not too hot or cold, and is wearing comfy PJ''s.

I never left her to cry. A reward system for her ''sleeping all night'' was put into place, which she really responded to. A sticker for every night that she only woke up and called 3 times, then 2, 1 and none.

Hang in there! I know that it is exhausting, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. She will eventually learn to go back to sleep on her own.

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