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21 Jun 2004

LACK OF SLEEP
My son is almost 8 months old.

He has been showing teething signs for the lat 2 months or so but no teeth have appeared so far. He has always been a light-sleeper (since birth) but his sleeping pattern has gotten really bad as he wakes up constantly at night crying (4-5 times) & is only calmed down by the breast (which actually stays in his mouth all night if I want some sleep).

It has gotten to the point where I only get 2-3 hrs sleep per night & this is leaving me exhausted. he is always fine by the time I leave for work. I have tried Calpol syrup and Ashton powder but to no avail.

Please help, am at my wits end.
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childhood diseases
paediatrician

01 Jan 0001

It is difficult to differentiate teething related irritation from a bad sleeping habit. My advice would be to restrict him to 1 breastfeed at night. Allow him to settle into a better sleeping pattern by not always offering the breast as comfort when he wakes up. It may take a few nights of crying before he settles into a new pattern, but I do not know any other easier way.
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