Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Amy | 2012/07/03


8 MO waking every hour at night

Hi doc
My baby is now jsut over 8 months and for the past 4/5 weeks he has developed horrible sleeping patterns. During the day he sleeps fine and is happy and crawling up a storm, but at night he is now waking up every hour... sometimes more than once an hour.

I have changed his reflux meds to nexium and the doc says it is working cause he''s not vomiting anymore.

Every night he gets a nice warm bath, a massage and then I breastfeed him and put him to sleep. He sleeps fine but in an hour he starts fussing and then cries a sharp cry like he is really uncomfortable and arches his back. As soon as i pick him up he relaxes and during the night I put him on the boob and he sucks for a little while and goes back to sleep.

I am not sure what else to do.

Last night I gave him 2ml of Calpol when he woke for the 3rd time because I was worried perhaps he is teething (he has no teeth yet) and was in pain and maybe that''s why he was waking. He slept till 1.30am which is the longest stretch he''s slept for in ages. But then he woke up every hour after that.

I don''t want to give him Calpol if he''s not in pain - but I don''t want him to be in pain if that''s what''s causing the night time waking. Could it be teething? He is fine during the day and eating ok.


Expert's Reply



This is just a stage your baby is passing through when he feels the need for some extra feeds and to feel close to you. It will soon pass. Enjoy the extra time together for now.Do not give him any Calpol.

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Posted by: Amy | 2012/07/04

Thanks so much, I do co-sleep so that does help. :)

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Posted by: Purple | 2012/07/03

At this age many babies are crawling around and exploring the world. At night they then want to make up for lost time with extra breastfeeding and comfort - to cuddle close and make up for time apart from mom and their big adventures (even if they''re just to the other side of hte room) and also to make up for any milk they have missed out on in the day. Its quite normal and it does pass. Babies this age also go through a bit of separation anxiety, so every time they wake want to check where mom is. Being able to breastfeed baby back to sleep is a huge help as its just a few minutes and baby is asleep again.

Some moms find that co-sleeping helps them get through this time, others find that having a good book to read whenever they need to feed baby off to sleep again helps. Some people cook supper earlier in the day so its less disruptive and they can just warm it up later.

It doesn''t last forever, usually just a few weeks.

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