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    Unhappy Not sleeping

    My youngster is not sleeping. At all. He gets up early and parties all day and into the early hours of the morning (DH is walking up and down the hallway with him now). It's all go, go, go.

    He just won't sleep.

    This was happening sporadically in the past few weeks but has really picked up the pace in the last week to the point where I'm wondering if there is something wrong that I'm just not picking up?

    We reduce stimuli, feed him well before bedtime, make sure he's dry, but put him in the cot and he goes ballistic. Tried leaving him to self settle but works himself into such a state...

    I rang the hospital and spoke to a paediatric nurse who promptly said he was spoilt which is why he's doing it.

    {Note to self: never ring hospital if I need real advice..}

    Anyone experience this? If so, what happened and what did you do besides wanting to jump out of an open window?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Aw, poor thing. That sounds hard. How old is he??

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    I don't have advice. Just from one sleep deprived parent to another

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    So judging by the responses, 99% of people on this forum have kids who sleep on time, every time and for a long time.

    I'm envious!

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    Of course not! They are all just too sleep deprived to type!

    How old is Bubs? Is there a pattern / how long over night is he awake?

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    hi Caviar, you're not alone. I've just spent 2 hours trying to get DS back to sleep without boobing him because feeding him overnight more often than during the day makes absolutely no sense to me.

    Guess what I ended up doing after all that time?

    It sucks and sometimes I feel like getting in the car and driving away.
    To top it off I can't sleep now and no doubt he'll be up again in a couple of hours.

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    My DD won't sleep during the day. I'm lucky at night but even feeding to sleep during the day is no guarantee she'll actually sleep. And she's tired. I get the wanting to drive away/window comments cos I certain feel like that when nothing works. You're not alone with a non-sleeping baby.

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    My ds went through a phase of that at around 12 months. How old is your bub? I was wanting to wean my ds at the time cause I was about to return to full time work, but he wouldn't accept a bottle. Once he did wean (I got sick, so it was the bottle or nothing) he slept better as he was getting more milk ... I suspect my supply had been dwindling for some time. BUT, he still liked to party in the middle of the night for 2 - 3 hours! Oi, it was crazy! He stopped doing it at 15 months when we firmly told him that he wasn't getting milk overnight and I think more importantly instituted a very rigid bedtime routine (including a long book - 'The Sleep Book' by Dr Suess that helped calm him a lot before putting him to bed).

    Honestly I don't know how we fixed him. It was a lot of things at once. So, it's hard to know what made a difference.

    I suggest the following:
    1. Keep a diary - record sleep times, feed times and what food is eaten
    - you don't need to do this forever, but do it for a few days so you can see if there's a pattern and so when you see a doctor they can understand your issues very quickly & clearly. (you might also be surprised how much sleep he's getting over the course of 24 hours ... or not).
    2. Continue with low stimulation during the day and especially for the hour or so before bed. He sounds like he's overtired, so he needs a quiet environment to encourage rest.
    3. Enforce a strict bedtime routine. It doesn't matter who is doing it (you or your dh/dp, etc) it should appear the same to the child. Eg, into pj's, milk, teeth, story, put into bed, put on cd player with classical music (recommend 'Sounds for Silence') and then say 'Goodnight darling, have a good sleep' and walk out. I'm not saying that it has to be that way, that's just an example of a bedtime routine that you could use.

    I recommend seeing your GP. My ds was a dreadful sleeper when he had ear issues and his behaviour would also be bad. He never had a temp or looked unwell, even when his ears were really bad. Talk to the GP about what to do and what services are available in your area to help. After your GP there's also your local maternal & child health nurse, who is going to be a help with routine/development/settling tips. She is also a good resource to help you find help in your local area.

    Hope this helps & things improve soon!

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    Of course not! They are all just too sleep deprived to type!
    *lol*


    Thanks for the responses. He's 12 months and was an absolutely brilliant sleeper, in his routine, no problems until DH went away for a week and bam, up all day, up all night and I was thinking that he had a stash of RedBull he was hooking into on the sly.

    Mim, got the diary, have the routine down pat, low stimulation BUT you may have something regarding the ear comment as I have seen him clutch his head. He is showing no symptoms at all of any illness, is generally happy when he's not sleeping (until we try to put him to bed) so I've had no reason to think anything is amiss there. But I will make an appointment with his GP.

    And then I'm going to drink a bottle of gin.

    Just joking.

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    No advice just want to say I can relate. Like jonnysmama I think about driving away in the middle of the night!


 

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