Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Alwyn | 2012/03/01


Reply: Sleep training

Doc, she is currently on Novalac SD for night bottle and normal Novalac during the day. She does not have a blocked nose. We very seldom sleep with her because she then also does not sleep, rather wants to " talk"  to us and play so we have not done this in a long time! As I said, we do not even pick her up at night when she is crying so we are really trying to do this " by the book" . Nothing seems to work!

Expert's Reply



If this is the case then two of the important possibilities have been ruled out.Three if you include the present use of Novalac SD. So this waking has become an entrenched habit and she really enjoys having a captive audience, even a tired one at regular intervals during the night. This is the type of situation where the 'controlled crying' method is recommended, but I still feel that your baby is too young for the tough method.You can try a modified form where you let her cry for at least 5 minutes before going to her. Settle her down and if she starts to cry again later on let her cry for a minute longer each time before going to her. This is not as drastic on the nerves and after at least two nights of these longer and longer crying periods, she may simply get tired of all the effort of crying for 10 or more minutes before you appear and simply fall asleep. At least you know there is nothing wrong with your little daughter from the health point of view.

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Posted by: Racoon | 2012/03/05

Hello Alwyn

Het julle ''n nagliggie aan by haar? miskien is sy bang in die donker. Ek neem aan dis julle 1e outjie? Ek het 3 seuns, en ons het met die 1e een ook probeer om alles volgens die boek te doen. Die resultaat was dat hy eers op 4 jaar begin deurslaap het. Ons het naderhand (3 verskillende sleep training programme was futiel was) by ''n homeopaat gedraai, en toe word hy nog 2 keer per nag wakker tot en met 4 jaar oud. MEt die 2e een het ons meer begin ontspan en hom toegelaat om die eerste klompie maande by ons te slaap (baie keer op my terwyl hy ''n klein babatjie was) en hy slaap stukke beter as sy ouer broer. Die 3e outjie het ek heeltemal alle gegee wat hy wou he, maw hy het by ons in die bed geslaap so lank as wat hy wou (dit was seker amper die hele 1ste jaar gewees) en hy slaap nou op 18 maande deur. Ek vermoed hulle is op so ''n jong ouderdom geprogrammeer om na aan die mamma of pappa te wees vir warmte en sekuriteit. As hulle dit nie kry nie verloor hulle hulle selfvertroue en dit manifesteer as ''n gedrurige gewakkerwordery en roepery omdat hulle bang is nie alleen wil wees nie. Hulle voel verwerp. Slaap sy in haar eie kamer? miskien moet julle haar terugskuif na julle kamer toe reg lnags jou of jou vrou sodat julle haar kan aanraak as sy kla? Sterkte daarmee.

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