Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Adele | 2011-05-04

Q.

Sleeping and Eating Problems!

My baby girl is 19 months old.

She is a very fussy eater, but now a days she is very bad at eating. I am very worried, what can I do?

She goes to bed very well and has a good bed time routine but at around about 1o''clock in the mornings she starts sreaming for me.

It gets so bad that I can''t leave her to get to sleep on her own again. I have tried controlled crying/screaming when this happens, but it doen''t work, then I go in her room to settel her but she doen''t go back to sleep again at all.

I have taken her to the paediatrician and there is nothing medically wrong with her.

Please help me and the neighbours we are very tired.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Many children of this age do not eat as well as they probably should, but usually they will eat what they need.The important points are that she should not be drinking too much milk now which may fill her up and also it is important that she is gaining weight despite her poor appetite.Make sure as well that her nose is not blocked as this is a frequent cause of a poor appetite in this age group. If he nose is blocked use saline nose drops twice daily to clear her nose.
Your daughter may be having 'night terrrors' which are very common at this age as well. You need to go to her and settle her but then you should leave the room.You may have to go back once or twice but do not stay in her bedroom. She must not get used to you sleeping next to her every night.It may help to use Rescue drops for infants at times if her sleeping pattern continues to be so disrupted.

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