Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Alwyn | 2012/03/01


Sleep training

Dear Prof, our Paediatrician has recommended that we start with sleep training for our 9 month old girl. She wakes every night between 8 - 10 times, crying and we are struggeling to get her back to sleep. She stands in her cot, we do not pick her up, just lay her down, put dummy in and pat-pat until she eventually falls asleep again. This can take between 10 minutes and 2 1/2 hours. The Paed suggested that we do the CIO method, putting her to bed at night and then not go back to her again (even if she cries for long periods), she will apparently fall asleep on her own. Is this healthy for her?? Will this not create the feeling that we have abondend her?? We have tried everything else, she eats and sleeps and drinks very well during the day!

Expert's Reply



Your baby is still too young to apply sleep training and it will be extremely hard on your nerves to even try this method at her age.The question here is why does a baby girl who is fine during the day and does all things right wake up to 10 times a night? There are a few possible causes that you need to exclude. Firstly has she got a blocked nose? If she has this will cause this kind of sleep problem. Use saline nose drops at night to treat this, of course only if she does have a blocked nose. I think we can exclude reflux because she is OK during the day. Is this just a habit she has developed and do you relent at times and put her in your bed? This will keep her waking up for more time with her parents in bed.She must stay in her cot. Lastly is she just getting hungry at night?It would be worthwhile putting her on a special formula just at night for hungry and sleepless babies. This formula is called Novalac SD [Sweet Dreams] and should make all the difference to both your baby and to your peace of mind at night.

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Posted by: B | 2012/03/02

Alwyn, it will work , but you have to be very sure you have to be very sure you are prepared to see if through, because if you stop before she is trained you will have a much, much worse problem. You will cry more than she does. you will feel terribly guilty. it will be the hardest thing you have ever done, and the best.

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Posted by: Alwyn | 2012/03/01

Doc, she is currently on Novalac SD for night bottle, 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!

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