Childhood Diseases

Posted by: T | 2010/12/02



Hi Dr! My son turned 14 weeks on Monday (29/11). He is a resltess sleeper at night. I find him to be more comfortable on his tummy, but dont trust him sleeping on his tummy at night. He rubs his face in the matress (even when sleeping on his side) and moans in his sleep and wakes himself up. He baths between 6& 6:30 and then feeds and goes to sleep between 7& 8. Sleeps for an hour or so then wakes again. Feed him again and try and put him down sometimes taking an hour or so. From then he wakes quite a few times, not always hungry, but he is very restless. I have resorted to keeping him in my bed so when he starts moving i pat him back to sleep (this also does not always work). I have started working again so it is tyring, especially when he is awake from 4 in the mornings again and goes back to sleep at 6 when i am suppose to get up to get ready. Is there a reason for this or is it normal. He has recently just gotten over a bladder infection and they found some ecoli in his urine. I was really hoping that his sleeping pattern would get better but it does not seem to be the case. I have given him aterax which th GP said i could use, but this does not even help him getting any sleep. He does not sleep much during the day, napping for about 40 min at 8 and then again for about an hour or so just after 2 or 2:30.

Expert's Reply



There are a number of possibilities here. The fact that your baby son rubs his face in his pillow may mean that he has a blocked nose. Babies have to have a clear nose in order to sleep properly.Another possibility is that he has acid reflux from his stomach into the lower part of his oesophagus causing heartburn and discomfort.A third possibility is an ongoing urinary system infection. When a baby boy develops a urinary infection it is essential to be certain that he does not have an anatomical problem with his urinary system.An ultrasound examination is essential. All of this makes it essential for your baby to be seen by a paediatrician so that he can be properly tested and diagnosed.

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