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    Default What's wrong with him?

    Sorry if this is a bit long winded but really starting to stress and worry.

    Last week DS (8 months) started waking 45 mins after he would fall asleep at bedtime screaming for about an hour, then when we've been able to calm him down he would just calmly roll to his side and fall back asleep. He was initially going to sleep for the night and naps completely fine and happy. But this screaming after 45 mins happened four nights in a row. Initially I thought it was just teeth (two top cutting through), then maybe night terrors.

    At 2.30 am on Friday night he woke for a feed and felt really hot. I took his temp and it said normal but I felt he had a fever so gave him Panadol as a precaution. He was happy though.

    Saturday was a pretty normal day, he didn't have the greatest naps but still slept and was in general happy with a tiny bit of grumpiness. He hasn't eaten well all week.

    Then Saturday at 3.30 he felt really warm and I took his temp and it was 39. I called the on-call NHS number (we're currently in London) and they sent us to the hospital. His temp was down by then (after some Panadol) and the dr quickly looked him over and said he had a red ear and throat, it was just a virus and he'd probably have a fever on and off for the next 5 days.

    That night he fell asleep easily but woke an hour later and screamed for two hours. Then fell asleep and the night was fairly normal.

    Now it's Monday afternoon and ever since Sunday morning I can't get him to sleep, he's just going ballistic whenever you try to get him to sleep. He won't nap, feed to sleep or even be ok with me lying next to him, he's just screaming. Last night it took two hours to get him to sleep. It's like he's scared to go to sleep.

    I took him to the GP today and she said his ears are fine. He wouldn't open his mouth for her to look in there. She thinks he has reflux and gave me baby gaviscon. He's never had reflux before. He'll lay down and play fine.

    Does anybody have any idea what could be wrong? This is so unlike him, he normally happily goes to sleep. No fever today but maybe still feels unwell and teeth.

    Any ideas how I can help him be ok with going to sleep again?

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    I've no idea, but you must be feeling so blooming exhausted by now.
    That's tough going.
    I thought at first it was a growth spurt or something but if he's taking no comfort from being beside you wither, something's bothering him. Poor little fella
    Did he sleep since your last post?
    If not I think I'd try the doc again, maybe ask to see a paediatrician instead of a GP.

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    Could you get a second opinion on his ears? My son did the same when he had an ear infection as when he would lie down the pressure would build up and be really painful. Especially if you've recently been a flight he might still be suffering from the pressure/blocking of the ears from the flight?

    I went to one GP who said DS's ears were fine, but went for a second opinion and was told that he had an ear infection and needed antibiotics.

    Hope you can get to the bottom of it soon!

    Eta - maybe try elevating one end of the cot for a day sleep while you can supervise him? That seemed to help DS's ears.

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    Thanks ladies. He's been a bit calmer today, first nap was a fight and had to feed and hold him to sleep but his lunch time nap I got him down with little fuss!! Yeah!

    We currently live in London so he hasn't been on a flight recently. He's fine laying down and playing and once I can get him to sleep at night he's fine, it was just trying to get him to sleep, it was like he was frightened or in pain.

    I think maybe it is all a combination of teeth, getting over being unwell and it is the middle of a wonder week so maybe some separation anxiety. Hopefully he's ok again tonight. I'll take him back to the GP if it's a bad night. Going to sleep easily and napping well was just the one thing we had going for us. I had accepted that he probably wouldn't sleep through the night until I stopped breastfeeding but at least he went to sleep and back to sleep happily! This past week has been horrible and I've been worried my happy little guy was changing permanently. It's been the first time I've looked at him and haven't thought he was the cutest and funniest thing ever .

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    Hi holly.
    That is a lot you have going on! It's really hard when you have so many things and you don't know what to tackle first. I am not going to try to tell you what to do because I don't know your son but I'll tell you what I would try if my son was doing all that....
    So waking at 45min means he is waking after one sleep cycle. So he is coming into a period of light sleep and something is disturbing him. I would give nurofen with his feed just before bed for 2 or 3 days. I know many mums don't like giving pain relief routinely but I can't stand the thought of my baby waking in pain. I don't do this often but in the situation you describe I would give it before bed for a few nights in a row regardless of how he was in the day.
    I would pay extra attention to making sure that he really had a big feed just before bed. At his that age my son was easily distracted from a feed so I would do what I could to ensure he fed until full and not just until he wanted to go and play!
    I would also add a layer of blanket to his bedding to make sure he is not cold.
    I would look at cutting down his daytime sleeps. If he is waking after one sleep cycle I would wonder if he is not tired enough. I put my son down at 7pm for bed so I would make sure his last sleep of the day didn't go past 4:45 at the latest.
    I would try all this for 2 or 3 days and is nothing improved I would be getting another medical opinion.
    Hope this helps. Good luck. Xxx

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    Thanks Red. Because he ended up having a high fever on Saturday combined with the top two teeth breaking through I'm going with the wakings after 45 mins having to have been that. I had been giving him Panadol before bed after the first two wakings but it wasn't making a difference. He went down fine tonight and has been asleep over an hour (knock on wood!!) so I'm hoping we're coming out the tail end and he's on the mend.

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    My fingers are crossed for you!

    Have you ever tried nurofen instead of paracetamol? We way prefer it.

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    It doesn't explain the fever, but maybe that's unrelated, however I am going to suggest worming him. My youngest did the screaming at nap and bed time for weeks until the GP suggested I worm him. I wormed him that day and that night he slept.
    They feel them when they're trying to sleep and find the sensation uncomfortable. He had no worms in his poo or anything.

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    Sorry, I couldn't resist! . Don't think he has worms, he's back to his usual self.


 

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