Won't sleep

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Won't sleep

Postby michjones » Sat 23 Feb, 2013 5:26 pm

My baby is 12 weeks old real age but 7 weeks adjusted age as he was 5 weeks premature and in the last two weeks we have been having trouble sleeping during the day. He normally would go down for a sleep in the morning and arvo but now he will just not settle to get to sleep he will show all the tired signs and we try to catch them early and will even fall alseep whilst been fed. He is a formula fed baby and we also have the added drama of a bit of reflux which he is on medication for to stop the acid but he still has spews. He has always had the reflux and still use to have day sleeps but now we are lucky to get him down for even one 40min sleep a day no matter what we do trying to settle him he always wakes up to 10-20mins later. He is also hard to get to sleep it always seems that it takes at least 1-2 hours to get him to sleep and during the day it sometimes doesn't happen. At night he normally takes 1-2 hours to get down at the start of the night anywhere from 6pm onwards and then when he wakes for feeds he normally goes down well but lately he has not been wanting to go back to sleep. The length of his night sleeps range from 3-5 hours for the first one then 2-31/2hours for the second and 2-21/2 for the third.

Please help.
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Re: Won't sleep

Postby NgalaOnline » Sun 24 Feb, 2013 12:31 pm

Hi MichJones

Thank you for your post. In terms of brain development it is best to view your baby as being closer to his corrected age of 7 weeks of age. Around 6-10 weeks of age many babies do seem to experience a peak of unsettledness and difficulty with being soothed. It is difficult to say why your baby is resisting sleep and settling so much at the moment. If your baby is still vomiting frequently and you have any concerns that his reflux could still be causing him pain it may be worth discussing this with your baby's medical care provider.

It does sound as though your baby may be very overtired with the lengthy awake periods he is having as a result of his unsettledness. Falling asleep whilst feeding is often also a sign that a baby is overtired. Babies of this age typically are tired and ready for sleep after only an hour or so of awake time. It may be worth experimenting with trying to begin the settling even earlier to see if this results in easier settling. Swaddling can be helpful when a baby is very overtired and experiencing jerky movements, although this will need to be weaned off within a few weeks to prevent it becoming a sleep association as your baby gets older. Loud white noise that is louder than a babies cry, such as radio static or even a vaccum cleaner can help a baby to regulate himself and calm when he is overtired or very unsettled.

It does sound as though it would be worthwhile ringing the Ngala helpline to discuss this issue further and in more detail. It may also be worth considering attending a Day Stay at Ngala if your baby continues to be unsettled and difficult to soothe. Self care during this time of unsettled behaviour is important, as caring for a baby that is difficult to soothe can be very frustrating and draining. Many parents do find the time that their baby is around 6 - 10 weeks of age to be the most difficult phase of infancy, and this is an excellent time to make the most of any supports you have plus simplifying any other responsibilities you have as much as possible. Other self care measures such as having easy healthy snacks available so you are not hungry if having to deal with unsettled behaviour for long periods, and trying to go to bed early if you know your baby will be wakeful overnight are also important. Getting some small periods of time away from your baby, even if it is just to go for a walk or a bath can be very helpful in recharging your batteries.

I hope this information has been helpful. Please do consider ringing the Ngala helpline to get some more help and support.
This information is general in nature and should not be used as a substitute for the personalized assistance that can be received from the Ngala Helpline by telephone.

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