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Posted by: MUM | 2004/11/09

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Baby not sleeping and nose irritation

Hi My baby is five months old and she doesn't sleep through the night. Sometimes she wakes up 2-3 times to feed. She has cereal in the morning and lunch and supper which is pumpkin, butternut. Id tried to feed her water is she wakes up but she knows the difference. I don't know what to do. It also seems the her nose irritates her alot she keeps rubbing her nose especially when she is tired. When I clean her nose she cries. Please advise me what I can try.

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

I am afraid it is normal to wake 2-3 times/night at this age. Your partner needs to share the load and you may only offer a milk bottle 1-2 times. At the other times you only need to give some assurance that you are present and ensure that she is not unwell. You do not have to comfort her back to sleep.

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Posted by: Nicki | 2004/11/16

Hi

I gave my girl also got up 3times in the night until someone told me to give her Rooibostea with out Milk, from there she just wakeup for the Rooibostea bottle and sleep thru after that.

I also agree with Kippie a full stomach gives the baby aswell a good nights rest.

Reply to Nicki
Posted by: Kippie | 2004/11/10

Hi, my baby is also 5 months old. He sleep from 6:30 pm and awakes between 4-5 am for a feed. And then goes bacik to sleep to just before 6 am.
I think the reason why he sleeps so well is that he is well fed through the day, however I know there are alot of people on this site that do not believe there is a connection between a full stomach and sleeping well.
My son has mealiepap in the morning with a 200ml bottle of formula. Lunch homecooked veggies and another bottle. Afternoon he has applejuice mixed with rooibostea 125ml. And in the evening sweetpatato or mixed veg all from purity with another 200ml bottle formula.
I believe that you should give your baby something more solid in the evenings that will last longer, eg baby porridge or sweet patato.

He was a big baby at birth and now weighs 10.3kg at just over 5 months.
All the best to you!

Reply to Kippie
Posted by: Anony | 2004/11/10

Do you think it is a good idea for me to lay her on her stomach or side or back whilst sleeping

Reply to Anony
Posted by: Nuffing | 2004/11/09

It is not uncommon for a 5 month old to not sleep through the night yet... moine didn't until they were a year old at least.

I would also not recommend that you only offer water at night until your child is a year old either as they have a lot of brain development and processing at night and the brain needs a continuous supply of glucose to function optimally. MOst babies still need nutrition at night.

That's not to say you should interact and stimulate them at night either. But simply provide a quite feed (breast or bottle) and let baby go back to sleep. As their brains mature they sleep for longer stretches, and after a year you can substitute water for wake up times to discourage it from becomming a comfort habit...

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