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Baby Won\'t Sleep At Night

So your baby is waking up at night? Join the parenting club! Baby night is very common, and truthfully it will happen to every child. There are several reasons for them waking up in the middle of the night and that can be a challenge to figure out what is wrong. As a parent, you will know your baby better than anyone else so you really need to learn how to read your baby and know when there are changes that could require more attention or even a hospital visit. Typically night waking will not be anything to worry about.

During the first couple years of life, your baby is undergoing huge changes such as teething, growth spurts, adaptation to the environment, talking, and overall neurological development. All of these things will cause lots of disruptions in your baby and more specifically your baby's sleep. In the first few months probably the man reason for waking s hunger, so that should be the first thing to check. After that it can be tough to know what's waking your baby!

Possibly the more common reason for night waking is teething pain. Obviously, in baby world, teething is a dreaded experience. Much fussiness and feeding issues can be attributed to teething. Night waking may not be as known among the masses as a teething side effect. I think this is because of a couple reasons. One is that parents put the baby in a different room to young and allow cry it out. Now I certainly am not an advocate for cry it out, for several reasons, but I also think that putting your baby in a separate room too young can also cause it's own issues. As cited in many well-established baby books, such as Dr. Sears Attachment Parenting Book, your baby is solely dependent on you and needs you close. By putting your baby in a separate room and letting them cry to sleep, you are showing your baby that you are not going to respond to their needs. Many parents see this as spoiling, or your baby manipulating you, but this just is not true. A baby does not have the ability to manipulate, they only express when they have a need, in the form of crying, By not responding, your baby will lose trust in you.

I think many times when parents think their children are "sleeping through the night", which is actually only considered 5 hours, the parent is actually sleeping through the baby being fussy so doesn't hear when the baby wakes. Or they do cry it out and let the baby cry back to sleep. This is not meeting the needs of your baby, and likely just letting your baby be in pain because you do not respond when they are hurting. I bedshare with my baby so I hear every whine and know when my baby needs me. Contrary to what many think, it actually allows more sleep in our household, except when baby is having SUPER fussy nights! Anyways, to get to the point, when your baby wakes up at night you need to try to interpret what is wrong and teething should be the first guess.

There are several things to try when your baby cries for teething. The first thing I give is Hyland's Teething Tablets but those typically wear off after about 4-5 hours so you will need to give another dose if baby wakes again in pain. You can give your baby a piece of vegetable to chew on like a large carrot or celery stick, or a wet rag from the freezer. If none of this works, it's time to break out the big guns, no not Tylenol! When my son's teething really started to kick in around 6 months I needed to find something to help baby sleep at night without drugging him up because I didn't believe in giving your baby those medicines.

I went to the natural food store and found a couple options. The two recommended to me were Bach Flower Remedy and Gaia Sleep and Relax for Kids. I chose to try the herbal syrup Gaia Sleep and Relax. The syrup is made with Chamomile, Lemon Balm, and Passionflower. I gave my 6 month old a dose that evening about an hour before bed and sleep for a solid 6 hours uninterrupted. I was amazed how well it worked. I don't like using it regularly but it is nice when you know your baby is fussy and will have a hard time sleeping. Applying lavender will also help with relaxing and sleep which we use more often.

Digestive discomfort is another common reason for a baby crying in the middle of the night. Many people will their child labeled as having "colic". Colic will most likely mean their is digestive issues such as being gassy from food allergies or something that mom has eaten, if the baby is breastfed. If you breastfeed then you should try an elimination diet to see if that is what is wrong. Dairy and gluten are the most common reasons for a baby's digestive discomfort as an allergy or sensitivity.

When I had this issue early on I had my son muscle tested by a chiropractor and he was sensitive to dairy and tomatoes. Though that is not an allergy, it does affect your baby's behavior and digestive process in some way so it will cause fussiness. After eliminating those items, my baby became a different baby and the fussiness disappeared. Your baby may also be allergic to the formula you are giving your baby. Avoid soy formulas because babies do not respond well to soy, and actually adults do not either. Try to find an organic formula or make one at own using goat's milk which is most similar to human breastmilk.

Another digestive issue like being gassy and fussy could be due to a lip or tongue tie. This is a commonly missed diagnosis with babies because doctors are not certified to identify this problem. You must go to a lactation consultant to get your baby checked if you suspect lip or tongue tie is a contributor. Also note the lip tie is typically linked with a tongue tie but not the other way around always.

I have recently been researching nightmares for babies and the link to their neurological development. It is actually very common for babies starting to have nightmares around 6 months of age. Nightmares can be identified if your baby wakes up screaming out of the blue without waking so their eyes will still be closed. It's a scary thing to be woken to and see your baby doing. Try not to wake your baby if you suspect this is the culprit. You may pick your baby up and walk them around the house to console them but don't try waking them. By walking them around they may wake on their own and then you can rock them or nurse them back to sleep.

Whatever the reason is for your baby waking at night, it can cost everyone plenty of sleep. Try to be patient and please do not let your baby cry by themselves! Allow your baby to sleep in your room for the first 6 months at least so you can respond faster when baby wakes. Usually after that time, you will know your baby's cry and be able to identify the issue better.


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