Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: A | 2008/07/24

Q.

Sleep problem?

My 3 month old wakes between 1 and 3 hours at night. When he was 8 weeks old, he started sleeping from 6 till about midnight, had one night feed and then woke again early morning. But after his 10 week immunisations he started waking frequently. I put it down to the injections making him feel niggly, but after a week it still wasn' t any better. I' ve tried everything. Do you think he might have reflux? He also has a blocked nose most of the time and my paed told me it' s quite normal. I use saline to clean his nose each night but next feed it' s blocked again. Could this be what' s waking him? (Even though he also had a blocked nose when he was sleeping well?)Some nights are ok (every 3 hours) but others are hell - every hour or so! Even on the " good"  nights, he never sleeps a long stretch early eve anymore. It' s usually 6,9 and 12. Others have told me not to worry - he' ll get into his own routine. But I' m not getting much sleep!! Your advice would be appreciated.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

I agree with your diagnosis of your baby's problem. Babies simply cannot sleeep soundly and in many cases even fall asleep if their noses are blocked. You need to keep your son's nose open using frequent infant saline nose drops [at least twice daily] If his blocked nose does not improve speak to your paediatrician again. A blocked nose is a real problem and it is not normal for a baby to have this problem.

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