Childhood Diseases

Posted by: S-p | 2008/08/05


9 month old

Hello Professor,

I am sure you get tired of getting this kind of question (regarding sleep) ... but here it goes ... :-)

My little girl is 9 months old - she is happy &  content for the most part. But she wakes at least 4 - 6 times a night - and the only thing that will calm her &  get her back to sleep is breastfeeding!

She got her first teeth 2 weeks ago (2 bottom teeth) - and I can' t see / feel any others coming. She is not ill (that I know of).
The only other problem is that she does not eat well - she has about 3 tsp of porridge in the morning (if I am lucky) - and a few teaspoons of pureed fruit. For lunch she will normally have a yoghurt, and a little more fruit. Supper - we TRY veg with protein, but she will seldom eat it!!! I have tried numerous foods, home cooked food etc etc ... she just prefers sweet things or nothing at all.

My question is - what should I do when she wakes at night - breastfeed her because it is easiest, or should I be persevering and using other means to get her back to sleep (she doesn' t take a dummy).

I am running out of ideas ... I can handle her waking once or twice - but 6 times is a lot!! The first 3 times is usually before midnight!


Expert's Reply



Your baby seems to be teething and you can even feel the new teeth which are just about to come through. As you say she is not ill and something must be worrying her for her sleep pattern to change. She needs something at night for pain such as infant Panado if she seems very unhappy or just the use of Pansoral Gel pplied to her gums. When she wakes the best would be to breastfeed her as this seems to soothe her the most.

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Posted by: S-p | 2008/08/05

Sorry - forgot to mention - she has about a total of 300ml NAN 2 a day ... only breastfed at night.

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