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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: Nobs | 2004/11/04

Q.

SLEEPING PROBLEMS

My four and a half month old son is not sleeping well at night. He sleeps for only one hour and wakes up. Or sometimes he sleeps thirty minutes and wakes up.

He is not sick as far as I know but this frustrates me.

Please help.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

If he is not unwell and it is not feeding time, the best advice is usually to leave him alone to settle. Too much comforting will usually enforces the bad routine.

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Posted by: dr anonymous | 2004/11/06

As purple mentioned, it could be an increased requiremnt for feeds.

However, there is a good likellihood that your baby has a mild viral throat infection or is having teething pain. The pain usually manifests at night. For this administer your baby panado syrup for 3-4 days in a row at night & see the improvement, if no difference, see your doc, there might be a problem.

Also, I hope that you have not started solids yet, I hope exclusively breastfed.
If you have started solids, I suggest stop, & try again VERY slowely at 6months.
His gut might not be ready. Often the culprits to cause stomach ache & bloating are the baby cereals, so if it happens again after 6mo, stop the cereal & see.

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Posted by: Purple | 2004/11/04

Its probably a growth spurt. Feed baby when he wakes. If its a growth spurt, it will only last for between 4 days and a week and baby will then return to his/her usual pattern. This will happen again at about 6 months.

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