Posted by: Michelle | 2005/11/22


PLS HELP 2 Yr old still waking every 3 hrs at night!!

My little girl was born 8 wks prem and was in ICU for 8 wks where they woke her up every 3 hours for feeds. When she came home she continued with the routine and it has never changed she still wakes up every 3 hours either for something to drink or to make sure we are still around.
She seems to have this fear that we are going to leave her alone and i dont think this could stem from her ICU days as im sure she was far to small for this to have effected her in any way.
My GP prescribed Valigan forte 2.5ml for her to take for 5 days but this makes her very irritable and aggressive and she wakes up even more. Is there anything else i can try because im now starting to feel drained and longing for more sleep.
Your advise would really be appreciated.

Expert's Reply



This is a big problem and you can see why I am so against prescribing Vallergan. Be very calm and loving with her at bedtime. Cuddle her and put her in her bed. Read to her for a while then kiss her goodnight and leave the room. Leave a nightlight on in her room.

The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.

user comments


Posted by: LL | 2005/11/23


To put you at peace or myself, my baby is 14months and wakes up more that 5 times. I am still breastfeeding her which makes matters worse as she somethime wants to sleep with a breast on her mouth. I have learn to accept the situation even though it is drain me.

Reply to LL
Posted by: Pegs | 2005/11/22

My daugter is now 5yrs, and she still wakes 2 - 3 times per night. Have also tried everything imaginable, and the verdict: Accept & Adapt.
I know how terrible it is, but somehow (don't ask me how) you do get through it.
Best of luck!

Reply to Pegs
Posted by: Vanita | 2005/11/22

My son is now 2yrs and up to a few months ago he use to wake up every 2hrs, he now wakes up at least twice in the night. I tried everything, from homeopathic medicines, massaging, using antihistamines, sleep training. I spent hours on the internet trying to understand the reason for him waking up so very often. I experienced Post natal Depression for one and half years as I was irritable, loss weight and functioned on 3hrs of abrupt sleeping.
The best advice to give you is to accept this, and tell yourself it will get better.

Reply to Vanita

Want to comment?

Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.
Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.