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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: Annie | 2005/01/04

Q.

Sleeping problems

My twins are 12 weeks old on Wednesday. They refuse to sleep at night! They don't sleep much during the day either - not more than three, sometimes four hours during the day. I bath them at 18:00 and give their bottles at 20:00. They will fall asleep whilst drinking, and the moment I take the bottle out, they will wake up. At 23:00 they will be crying with red eyes, being very difficult, but still refusing to sleep.

Can you please give me advice as to how I can get them into a routine to sleep at night? They are on a four hourly routine and I give them S26-Gold. I will be going to back to work in February, and I would like to have them in an estahblished routine before then, for my sake, but more important, their own. I feel so sorry for them when they cry so sadly, but still can't (or won'[t) sleep.

Thank you.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

I wish there were easy answers. If they receive their bottles every 4-6hrs at night and are not ill, cold or have a dirty nappy, then the best way to settle them into a pattern is to leave them alone.

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