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My 10 month old son rarely sleeps through the night. His best

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My 10 month old son rarely sleeps through the night. His best time was from 4-5 months when giving him his soother upon waking up would settle him. He then began to cry out more often and only a bottle would put him back to sleep. Almost two months ago, he had the flu and since then, will not sleep for more then 2-3 hours at a time before waking up crying and he will not settle unless picked up. I cannot leave him crying as he shares a room with his twin sister - who sleeps wonderfully all night long. I've had to take my son into my bed just so I could get some rest too - he will settle and sleep well most times but not always. I try my best to keep a routine - dinner, bath, last bottle, some quiet floor play then bed. I have a 3 year old as well and a husband who is not always home to help with the bed routine. He will nap throughout the day - usually not a problem as they are short - 1-1.5 hours. He usually wakes up crying though. How do you get a 10 month old to sleep through the night?! My first daughter slept well so this is frustrating....

Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Parenting
Expert:  Dr. Gupta replied 5 years ago.

ParentingMD :


ParentingMD :

You seem to have got the basics quite right

ParentingMD :

including getting a bed time routine,

ParentingMD :

Some kids tend to get up multiple times in the night at this age, especially after an illness

ParentingMD :

this can be due to many reasons including

ParentingMD :

extra excitement due to adapting to the new techniques of crawling etc

ParentingMD :

and other motor milestones like learning to walk may interfere with sleep pattern too

ParentingMD :

Separation anxiety can play a role in sleep problems too

ParentingMD :

Waking up and finding you not there may cause some distress. But he'll probably calm down as soon as you enter the room and greet him.

ParentingMD :

Here are a couple of things that may help

ParentingMD :

Make sure your baby has a regular schedule.
Bedtime may go more smoothly if you make an effort to keep the rest of your baby's daily schedule consistent, too. If he naps, eats, plays, and gets ready for bed at about the same time every day, he'll be much more likely to fall asleep without a struggle.

Give your child plenty of chances to fall asleep on her own.
If you want your baby to sleep independently, he needs opportunities to practice this important skill. Instead of nursing or rocking him to sleep, let him practice falling asleep on her own by putting him in bed when he's relaxed and drowsy. Otherwise he'll probably cry when he wakes up during the night and need your help to drop off again.

ParentingMD :

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Relist: Answer quality.
Just repeated the things we have already done or are already doing. Would like to work with Bonnie.
Expert:  Raymond B replied 5 years ago.

Dear JACUSTOMER 9unlelps: Dawn, since what you have listed are the same recommendations we pediatricians usually first go over with parents who have some difficulties with getting their infants to remain asleep during the night, I would recommend to you if these things have not been effective for your twin, it may be time to have the baby evaluated by their pediatrician to make sure that nothing is wrong physically like reflux or sleep apnea problems which can be missed at times if these are not thought of as diagnostic possibilities in infants with insomnia.Other problems which the pediatrician can rule out are as follows:

1. Ear infections

2.Yeast and urinary tract infections

3. Parasitic infections (like pinworms)

4.Fever and teeth eruption

5.Respiratory infections

6.Acid reflux as mentioned above

7.(Cow's) milk allergy

8.Snoring and breathing irregularities