Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Y | 2011-02-25



Can babies suffer from insomnia? My daughter is 1 y/o and She hasnt been sleeping since Oct last year. Before that she was sleeping through the night.

She is miserable and doesnt cry, but she shouts to get attention because she wants to play.

She isnt sick, her gums arent swollen. She had 2 naps in the day (at 9 in the morning and 12 in the afternoon) by 7 in the evening she is very tired and we put her to bed. By 10 she is done sleeping. We have tried to put her to bed later, but then she is over exhausted and cant sleep.

The school says she struggles to fall asleep there aswell, but she does take her naps.

I am exhausted. Havent slept well in about 5 months.

Without exageration, I had to get up for her 11 times last night and 7 times the previous night. I cannot do this anymore.

Any advice?

Expert's Reply



Something is keeping your baby daughter awake. Does she sleep in the same room as you and do you eventually allow her into your bed? If so she has become used to waking up very night at 10 and is enjoying all the attention.This obviously cannot go on. She should be in her own cot in her own room. You need to establish an evening routine;supper, bath, reading to her in her bed and then to sleep.If she keeps waking you will need to apply the 'controlled crying method' [see Google] until she gets used to the fact that she must sleep at night. At present both you and your baby are being sleep deprived.

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Posted by: Mellissa | 2011-02-25

Hi there, I had exactly the same problem with my daughter. She is now 2 year old. We have taken her to Dr. Roos at parklands hospital and he precribed melatonin, it is in a tablet form. I give her every night after bath in a small bottle of rooibos tea half a tablet which is crushed and put in the bottle, make sure she finishes the bottle efore falling asleep. Now she knocks out latest by 8pm and wakes up at 6am in the morning. Believe me it is heaven.

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