Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Theo | 2009/03/14


10 Month old boy not sleeping

HI Doc
I have a 10 month old baby boy. He used to wake up quite often the first 4 months of his life so I assumed that it was colic and that it will get better as the months progresses. This improved when he was about 5 months as he only woke up 3 times at night.
It became worse again at from 8 months. Now he can wake up 8 times in one night. I took him to a paediatrician a month ago. He said that his nose is blocked due to allergies. He gave me two prescriptions to try the second one the first does not work. The first prescription was an antihistamine and “ Flixonase Nasulles” . I used that for about 8 days and realised that it is not effective. The second prescription was another antihistamine called” Vellagren” , which I was supposed to use for 10 days. This was supposed to be the stronger medication guaranteed to make him sleep, with an aim that it will help him establish a good sleeping pattern. The medication was only effective for 3 days and from there it was back to the non sleeping pattern.
I agree with the doctor about his nose problems. When I breastfeed him at night, I can hear that his nose clogged. It is as if he is snoring. Each time he wakes up, I have to breastfeed him to sleep and I am worried about obesity in children as I cannot measure breast milk. If it’ s not allergy what are the other causes of this.
I am no longer coping with this. I am single parent and with a demanding job. I have not had a decent sleep ever since I had my son. Please help me.

Expert's Reply



There is nothing more likely to interfere with a baby's sleep than a blocked nose. In such a young child nasal allergy is not all that likely. Your son's nose is persistently blocked and very strong medicines have had no effect on opening up his nose. I don't like giving babies such strong cortisone nose drops as Flixonase nebules and Vallergan is such a strong sedative that babies become miserable the next day after using it. Your baby may have enlarged adenoids. Please consult an ENT specialist. While waiting to get an appointment use Salex nose drops twice daily every day and no other medicines!

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