Posted by: Herm | 2009/01/08


Restless sleeping

Dear Doctor,

My baby is extremely restless when sleeping, tossing and turning at least every minute. At times she rubs her nose, which I' ve been using sterimar for, but it really isn' t blocked. But I slept in her room a few nights now, as I' m just too tired from getting up every 5 minutes to tend to her. She' s very healthy, eats well, not currently teething, she' s in a very good daily &  bedtime routine since birth, although I still rock her to sleep - I really don' t know what it could be. She' s fast asleep while tossing and turning, and you can literally constantly hear her turning around in her cot, but not moaning. Then she cries, but is still fast asleep, although she does not stop until I turn her into another, more comfortable position. She really gets herself into the most uncomfy positions, and I suspect that' s why she' s crying, as she does not wake up or appear to be ill. Is there anything I can do to help her sleep less restlessly? I' m sure her body aches in the early morning hours when I get up the most, as mine surely does from in and out of bed.

Thanks so much,

Expert's Reply



The most common cause of this kind of restless sleep pattern in a young infant is a blocked nose.Do not use Sterimar, but rather Salex nose drops twice day.Sedatives are not permitted for babies.

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