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Posted by: LizM | 2007/03/15

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Almost 2 - and not sleeping

Hi there,

I am desperate for help. Our 22month old daughter has never been a good 'sleeper'. Since teething we do not know what it feels like to sleep right through the night. We do have some good nights, but they are few and far between. I will try to give you as much as possible information.
This problem has been going on for almost a year or so, and just as we think that it is getting better it starts all over again and it is getting worse.
Every night at about 2am she wakes up and doesn't want to go back to sleep. She either wants to play - with mom and dad or she is crying. Then we would get up, put her back to bed to sleep and a couple of minutes later, the same thing. This often goes on until 5 am - by that time we are exhausted, and she is also very tired the next day because she doesn't sleep properly.
She has been at home with me since birth - not at a creche. She is also in a good routine with feeding, naps etc. We have tried giving her rescue remedy and similar drops. I tried cutting her nap time, we tried sharpening up on her routine, cutting out television....everything! She sleeps in our room in her camp cot. We also built her, own little bed and made it up special for her so that she would know it is hers and hopefully help her enjoy sleeping there - but no, nothing has worked so far. We even tried putting her in our bed, and that didn't work either. I can not find out why she doesn't want to sleep.
She has a very busy mind (if she is anything like me) and I even thought it possible that her little mind is not switching off.
Could there be a medical reason? What must we do? It is affecting our family life, and we are exhausted all of the time. And she is not benefiting from her learning and playing because she is tired and irritable.
If you know of ANY advice it would be helpful, or anything that I should do - HELP!
She is on Nido 1 and drinks a lot of it - she refuses anything else. She has juice/water during the day. Could this be the cause?

Any help will be appreciated.

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

There does not appear to be any indication that there is a medical reason for your daughter's sleep problem.
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Posted by: LizM | 2007/03/16

Thanks for the support!
I agree, eventually you are so tired that you either just put the little one in the bed with you to try and get sleep.
My husband gets up for her more than I do, so the poor man is also sleep deprived!
Good luck, let me know how it went. It is good to know that we are not alone.

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Posted by: Natasja | 2007/03/16

Hi
I know exactly how you feel my boy is 20 months and does exactly the same, exept that he wakes up 3-4 times a night ,also in camping cot in our room.He is restless all the time.He drinks 2% cows milk and all the other stuff like Nesquik,tea and so on,eats good.He does`nt sit still for 5 minutes.

Maybe the answer is to move them to there own room,i`ve been planning it for the end of the month,and see what happens.Our Pead once told me that they know we are there,because they see us and hear us.So if they just "eee" we jump up and see what`s wrong.They like the attention.So it makes sence to me to move them to there own room.But as a Mother who works all day it was always to much of a hassle because i`m so tired and seems like to much effort.But at the end of the month( we will be having visitors before then and they will sleep in his room) i will do it.
Try it !

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