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    Default WIDE wake in the middle of the night!!

    Just wondering if anyone has experienced this and may have words of advice. My 11 month old DD has always been a terrible sleeper & it's only getting worse. The latest is that she is waking up in the middle of the night WIDE awake & there seems to be no way of getting her back to sleep. I've tried feeding her, soothing her in the cot, laying down with her (she just bucks & thrusts around) controlled crying, CIO, and now I give up & we were playing & watching peppa pig at 3am. I'm sure she's very confused & I just don't know what to do. If anyone has any advice I'd be eternally greatful!

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    My girl went through this at about 2. Wide awake, quite happy unless we tried to leave her, and would be up for 3-4 hours.

    I'll tell you what we did, but I have been howled down before for suggesting this. So just for the record, I'm not suggesting you do this, just letting you know what we did.

    After months of sleepless nights, we got phenergan from the chemist (after speaking to the pharmacist and explaining what it was for) and gave her that for 3 nights. The sedation just got her out of the routine of waking up, and back in to the habit of sleeping all night. A couple of times in the following three months or so, it happened again for a few nights in a row, and one night of phenergan was enough to get her back on track.

    Best of luck. Lack of sleep is TORTURE!

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    What are her day sleeps like?

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    It could be related to a developmental milestone. Dd went through this at around 6 months. I just sat with her on the rocking chair for two hours at a time till she went back to sleep. Boring but I think getting her up to play is sending the wrong message

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fox in Sox View Post
    My girl went through this at about 2. Wide awake, quite happy unless we tried to leave her, and would be up for 3-4 hours.

    I'll tell you what we did, but I have been howled down before for suggesting this. So just for the record, I'm not suggesting you do this, just letting you know what we did.

    After months of sleepless nights, we got phenergan from the chemist (after speaking to the pharmacist and explaining what it was for) and gave her that for 3 nights. The sedation just got her out of the routine of waking up, and back in to the habit of sleeping all night. A couple of times in the following three months or so, it happened again for a few nights in a row, and one night of phenergan was enough to get her back on track.

    Best of luck. Lack of sleep is TORTURE!
    Phernergan (suspension form) is now prescription only. (Due to overuse lol).
    There are similar antihistamines however behind the counter. Most however are not suitable for under 2 years of age. You'd need to talk to the chemist or doctor. They do have a place in breaking the cycle of night waking and can be very effective if used SHORT term. Or they can have the opposite effect (ie some kids go hyper). But yes, a valid option for some if other avenues are exhausted. But probably not for an 11 month old.....

    Have you considered a sleep school?

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    Thanks everyone! Lack of sleep is torture & I feel myself slowly losing grip.

    Her day sleeps are inconsistent. Some days she'll have 2 x 2 hour sleeps & then other days 40mins total. Either way these night wakings will still happen, which is weird.

    I would be willing to give anything ago but I bet she would be one of the kids that go hyper on phenergen as nurophen & redipred do that to her. But I may talk to a chemist about that as suggested.

    I totally agree getting her up is wrong all wrong but the alternative is she has to just scream it out for a few hours as if I try to hold her she just screams & thrusts around. It could be developmental stage, she is just starting to pull herself up & has figured out how to sit up in her cot.

    I am considering sleep but I know the babies need to be in good health and DD has recently been diagnosed with a collapsed lobe in her right lung which we are waiting to see specialists for so until that's rectified I don't think they'll take us. But I actually said to DP yesterday if after it's fixed & she hasn't improved by then that's where we're headed!

    SO that's the other thing I don't know how much this lung bothers her? Is it the cause or am I making if an excuse for her? She's otherwise a really happy funny girl.

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    Been through this with both my kids (both have low need for sleep until at least 2 years). They slept in my room, generally in my bed, and i basically rode it out by staying in bed and letting them crawl all over the bed or look at books (in the almost dark) until they were ready for sleep again. I was able to rest some, cos i was still in bed, and when they were ready for sleep we were in the right place.

    Eventually, they just grew out of it, and were able to sleep for longer times or if they woke, they would go back to sleep with a feed or cuddle.

    good luck

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    My suggestion is to push her day sleep/s later (cut to one sleep if necessary). My dd2 would wake for 3hrs overnight anywhere between 3-5 nights a week. She was fine, just wake - Nd wanting company. IT DID MY HEAD IN!!!!!!!!

    When we finally got it sorted, it was because I pushed her day sleep back by about 60-90mins.

    There is a thread about it in one of the sleeping section from about November/December last year.


 

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