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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: Don | 2005/07/27

Q.

10 month old fights Against sleeping.

Can anyone please help wrt this problem.It often takes between 1 & 2 hours to get my son to sleep in the evenings +_ 18H30.When attempting to put him to sleep,one can see that he wants to sleep as he is tired, but this excercise can last up to 2Hrs.

Is there anything I can try/use to overcome this restlessness & moaning,as i dont know what to do anymore!!!!

Awaiting any favourable replies.

Thankyou,

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

Be calm with him and read a peaceful story to him at bedtime. Get a nightlight. Walk out of the room after kissing him goodnight. Persist each night and eventually he will get the message.

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Posted by: Don | 2005/07/28

Hi TMH,

He battles to calm down/fall asleep,what I have found lately, is that short little naps help ie: when he is overtired it makes things worse.

It appears that he is learning to self sooth during the night,however this only appears to happen if all the lights in the house are off.

Waking-up during the night is also starting to become less frequent.I have found that feeding him less solids prior to sleeping time and only his last bottle has improved matters.

P/S:Been-there,thanks for your advice!!!

Cheers,

Reply to Don
Posted by: Been-there | 2005/07/28

Hi Don,
I feel your pain....also had that problem with my son...try the homeopathic drops called "Avena Sateva" in the evenings, its for restlessness and insomnia, and really worked well for my son at that age. I would advise that you drop the drops directly into his mouth because they wont taste great in milk/his bottle. You also need to be firm, it takes patience but try not to do silly things like lie with him to get him to sleep because you will just be making a rod for your own back..if you are firm for a week it will pay off in the long run. Create a sleeptime routine, like a bath then a story, a kiss, lie him down and then say good nite...

Reply to Been-there
Posted by: TMH | 2005/07/27

How is he falling asleep at the moment? My son is almost 10 months and i also struggle to get him settled down. How many times does your little one wake up during the night? Has he learnt to self sooth and does he fall asleep on his own?

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