HELP I Am Losing My Mind

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ashtynsmom - June 13

Please someone.. help me!! My 5 month old WILL NOT SLEEP! She was doing great, sleeping thru the night, waking up at 6 am, etc... NOW she goes down at the same time, same bedtime routine, but will sleep for 3 hrs, wake up crying. She wants to eat, so I feed her. Then every hour after that, she is up fussing or crying. It has been this way for 2 wks now. At first I thought it was from her being sick, but she is over that, and has been for a week or more, but still will not sleep. I have tried CIO, but she jsut cries harder and harder til she chokes herself. My husband and I both work, so we cannot lie there and listen to her scream for hours every night. I am just at my wits-end. I just lay in bed and cry, becuase she will not sleep. I will get up and give her the paci, and that works for about 1/2 hour or so, and then she is right back at it. She has been to the Dr for a follow up from her being sick, and she said all looks good. No ear infections, no fever... I just dont' understand it. Is this a phase?? (PLEASE SAY YES!!) If anyone can help I would greatly appreciate it. I am just at a loss over the whole thing, and I HAVE TO GET SOME SLEEP!!! Thanks!

 

Kaeli - June 13

Is she teething? Maybe try a little Tylenol or teething tablets. Or even some baby Oragel might help. good luck!

 

Jamie - June 13

It maybe that she is hungry. Try increasing the amount of food she eats during the day, and see if that helps any.

 

pbj - June 13

It sounds like she is hungry. Are you feeding her any solids and if so, are you sure she's getting enough formula/b___stmilk? Make sure that she has a bottle/or nurse just before she goes to sleep. I'm not sure it would be teething because usually they'll have a bad night or two then be fine. I've also noticed that if my LO is not napping enough she's overtired by the time we put her to bed then she can't seem to settle down enough to get herself into a deep sleep. I would ask your childcare provider how much she is napping. Too much napping can cause it as well.

 

ashtynsmom - June 13

She takes 28-32 ozs of formula each day. She also gets Oatmeal after her "breakfast bottle" and has a jar of veggies for lunch and dinner. She will take 7 ozs right before bed, but wake up 3-5 hrs later and acts like she is starving! The sitter says she takes 2 naps, usually an hour or so each, and sometimes will cat nap late in the afternoon after she eats her last bottle there. We put her to sleep awake, and always have. She gets to sleep initially fine, it is just through the night....

 

Rabbits07 - June 13

If she started it when she was sick it may have initially been from being sick and she just got accustomed to the extra attention. I'm sorry, but I don't really know what to do to get her to stop, especially if CIO didn't work.

 

Bonnie - June 13

She does sound like she's eating enough but you may want to try offering her more to see (during the day, she's old enough to not feed at night). I also question the teething. Mason has always slept well but lately we have been having some nights where he wakes up crying. I can tell it's teething though as he chomps down hard on my finger. I just found out I was not giving him anywhere near enough Tylenol for his weight. Doh! You may want to speak to the ped about it. In either case, if this is not normal behavior for her, I;d go back to the ped again.

 

Bree - June 13

I'd like to say that my 5 (almost 6) month old son is doing the same thing. I was up 6 times the other night w/him. He had gotten into the routine of sleeping thru the night or maybe up once at the most. I believe it's teething. Is she showing signs of teething? Sam slobbers all the times and gnaws on everything including his fingers. I get frustrated too so you are not alone. I've got my fingers crossed that his teeth will finally pop thru and he will feel better. I have given him tylenol a few times and it helps but I don't want to make it a habit.

 

ashtynsmom - June 13

Teething is a definite possibility. She chews on EVERYTHING, but has for a month or more, so I didn't think much about that. I will try the Tylenol before bed tonight, and see if that helps. I also agree with Rabbits07.. she may have liked the attention from when she was sick, and figured out if she cried long enough, I would come in there. I don't pick her up, I just hold her hands and turn on her sound machine. She goes right back out, but only for an hour tops. I sure hope it is the teeth, and they will come thru soon... at least that will provide a little validation to all of this chaos!! Thanks everyone!

 

Bonnie - June 13

I just mentioned the teeth since Mason just started this. He has also been teething a good month but only the last few nights have we had wake up issuies with it. Ask your ped what dose for her weight! :)

 

ashtynsmom - June 13

Has anyone tried the baby orajel? (Now that we are on the teething topic!!) I wonder if that might help at night? I was told not to give it an hour or more before a feeding, b/c it makes them not want to eat, but it might be OK at night, huh??

 

nic nac - June 13

Hi ashtynsmom, I am going throught the same thing right now. It could be that she learned a new motor skill like rolling over or she is hungry, offer her more during the day like Jamie and pbj said. When they learn new things they tend to try and do it even during the night which interrupts their cycle. If that is the case then you have to continue doing what worked before to get her to sleep until 6 am. She will eventually get back on track. What did you do before to get her to sleep?

 

nic nac - June 13

If you think its teething, try baby motrin, it works better than tylenol and lasts longer. I have used the baby orajel and it stings but it works. I don't use it before bed because it numbs the baby's throat when they swallow it and can cause choking.

 

ashtynsmom - June 13

We have a regular routine we did/ and still do every night. She plays for an hour or so, then it is bath time, she takes a bottle while I read her a book, and then she got put down awake for bed. She would sometimes wake for a feeding around 4am (she had been asleep for 8 hrs) but then go right back to sleep unitl 6 or 6:30. She wouldn't always do this... but sometiems. We have not changed her routine at all... she has just changed ours!! :)

 

nic nac - June 13

oh wow!!! I don't know then. I am jealous. I know you are having trouble now, but I am having trouble getting her to sleep throught the night at all. My method wouldn't work for you since your problem is just a phase. It is definitely a phase. As long as you keep the routine the same you should be ok. Are you giving her more formula during the day?

 

ashtynsmom - June 13

I am hesitant to give her any more formula- I was always told "no more than 32 oz" by her ped. I wonder why?? What would it hurt? She eats veggies and cereal.. I guess I could try more of those?? I sure hope you are right nic nac and this is a phase!!

 

nic nac - June 13

I wish you luck. I don't see a reason why you can't go over 32oz? You will have to call your ped. on that one. Let us know what happens.

 

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