I don't believe that there is such a thing as 'bad behaviour' at that age, as frustrating as night wake ups are. My DD had periods when she would wake in the middle of the night for no apparent reason and be wide awake. If she didn't fall back to sleep almost as soon as I picked her up I knew she was going to be awake. Generally she would be awake for 2 hours and then just naturally go into a new sleep cycle. But oh my goodness the first couple of times she did it when I spent 2 hours trying to get her back to sleep were maddening. I would think she was asleep because she was so still but as soon as I tried to get her in the cot all hell broke loose. After that first time I just lay her in bed with me in the dark and knew she would eventually get back to sleep.
If its not teeth, and panadol or nurofen don't help, it may be something like we went through.
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23-04-2014 09:13 #11
23-04-2014 11:07 #12
I have given her (in her life time) one dose of panadol and one dose of neurofen. If she is likely to have an allergic reaction it will be with the second dose so I'm reluctant to give her the second dose at night when this sort of thing is going on.
That means I need to give her a second dose during the day for no reason. I can't bring myself to give her meds for no reason..... It's catch 22!
I know it won't hurt her to have it for no reason but there is (in my books) something that doesn't sit right in meds for no reason.
If she was in such discomfort overnight from teething, would she not also be out of sorts during the day?
23-04-2014 11:44 #13
My thoughts reading that:
growth spurt/wonder week
sickness of some type
Like Leafy I don't believe 5.5 month olds have bad behaviour.
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23-04-2014 11:52 #14
no not necessary, the discomfort comes from the teeth putting pressure on the gums, that can stop and start at any time. maybe some teething gel? I think you are doing the right thing when you leave when you are frustrated. A few minutes alone to remove your stress is a good thing, and bub will be ok for a short while. Small babies just need to be held sometimes. There is no 'bad behaviour' it is just that they need you to be nearby. Marie.
23-04-2014 13:01 #15
I don't think giving an unsettled or upset baby panadol is "for no reason" if all other options are explored- they are fed, clean, dry, not hot or cold etc- that they might be in pain or discomfort isn't illogical iykwim.
I know my youngest seems much worse at night when teething, it's harder for her to rest with a sore mouth but not so bad when she is up and playing.
23-04-2014 14:17 #16
My DD started doing the same at 5 months, not letting me put her down and waking frequently overnight again. Just seemed to be early separation anxiety for her as she had no more teeth come through for 3 months after that. There is a wonder week around this age where they learn about relationships and distance. If she doesn't seem in discomfort then maybe it's this for you too. Hope you get a better night tonight
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