Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Nur | 2012/10/23


Replacing water with milk

My one year old son, still wakes during the night for a " feed"  and the paediatrician recommended that we replace the milk with water, of which we did, but he refused the water, and instead of one bottle during the night, he now drinks two, its definitely not hunger, as he eats very well during the day.

Expert's Reply



Your son has become used to his feed at night and he is not going to be fooled into drinking water instead of milk.In fact he probably does feel a bit hungry at night so the formula is there to satisfy him. Of course the water will not satisfy him, so that was not good advice. Go back to giving your son one milk feed at night. If he wakes up for a second feed, which hopefully will not occur, you have the choice of either giving in to him which is probably not a good idea or trying the 'controlled crying method [only for the second feed at this stage] This is not easy but will work if you persist with it;read up on Google.

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Posted by: Racoon | 2012/10/24

We cut the night feeds to only 100 ml, and then to 50 ml. Sometimes they feel uncomfortable with such a full bladder, and that makes them wake up more often. The big bottle of milk thus can just worsen it. Also check whether he is eating low GI foods for dinner, with some form of protein added. My sons wake up hungry at night if they only had carbs such as porridge for dinner.

For us it was least hassle to give our 2 older sons little drinky snacks during the night, until about 3 yo and then stop it all together. Our youngest son (now 2) has his 100 ml rooibos at 22h00, and then rarely drinks anything until about 05h45. You can indeed try controlled crying in which you wait 5 minutes (which feels like an hour!) before you go to him, and then only calm him by speaking. Repeat until he sleeps, which can take anything from 10 minutes to a few hours, but you will have him sleeping through in 1 or 2 nighs. We tried that (and various other methods) with our first son, but he only slept through at 4 yo, and now at 7 yo nothing can wake him! LOL. For the second son its a lost case as he slept poorly due to medical problems, then when that got better he went into the nightmare phase and still (at almost 4 yo) wakes about 4 times each night. He now sleeps with us, which means he only wakes about 2 or 3 times, leading to mom and dad being zombies almost all of the time. All kids are different, and I cannot imagine what it is like to have a child that sleeps though. We''re expecting it to happen when the youngest is 4, so only 2 more years LOL!!

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