Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Megan | 2010/11/30


Need sleep

Dear Doc,
My son is 2 years 3 months old. He is in his big boy bed and loves it. He has never been the best sleeper. He normally falls asleep at about 8pm. He sleeps solid for about 3 hours than starts moaning &  crying in his sleep, than wakes up asking for his milk. I have to wait until he is finished driking as I dont want him messing on his bed, he will not take a sippy cup, it must be a bottle. He can wake up, up to 5 times a night. In the morning, he is up just after 6am.... I am exhauasted and so is he. He is very irritated lately and is not eating very well. He is also coughing up a lot of phelm (this has been going on for a while). I dont know what to do as I feel like a zombie. He is teething with his eye teeth at the moment and his fingers / hands are in his mouth a lot. Every now and again I give him Dimetapp... I give him Scotts Emulson everyday, but have not seen a difference. I need some advise please................. THanx.

Expert's Reply



Your son is now well over 2 years old and still wanting up to 5 bottles of milk a night. He hardly sleeps from about 11pm onwards and is wide awake at 5 am. All of this is exhausting both for you and for your son. So it needs to stop. At present he is teething and getting his molars and this is an additional problem. Make sure that he joins the rest of the family for supper and eats a good meal and then has his bottle at bedtime. He is a bit old for a bottle but let him continue for a while.Do not have supper too early and then at 8pm he will fall asleep.He is going to have to go 'cold turkey' in order to stop his night feeds which is just a habit now. So the only quick way is to stop them completely . This will not be easy but you will have to try the controlled crying method' This is very hard on the nerves and may take more than one night but it will work if you persist with it. Read about this method on Google.

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Posted by: Megan | 2010/11/30

Sorry fogot to say that also when he gets tired / irritated he starts to cough so much that he actually makes himself vomit, chunky phelmy..

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