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sleep issues

Hi, my three month old baby only sleeps 4 hours during the night and that is not straight through as normal babies would have. He has broken sleeping pattern which he wakes up every hour or two for his feed which he takes 50 ml, 60 ml or sometimes 30 ml. I should also mention that he has reflux but he gains weight therefore doctors won't give him medication as he is okay with his weight gain which to me doesn't make sense as he is unsettled most of the time. I am exhausted as I don't get enough sleep and rest trying to calm him down every night. What can you suggest? Please help

Jane ...
Answer: Hi, Have you considered speaking with your CHN for advice? Perhaps a short stay admission to an early parenting centre would be useful for you both. I suggest this because you say you are exhausted and you do sound as if you're struggling without enough sleep. This is completely understandable. It may be that your baby isn't drinking sufficient formula with each feed to sustain him for longer than a couple of hours. And if he accepted more at each feed then perhaps he'd sleep for longer. Some babies of this age get into a "snacking and napping" type behaviour and they need to be persuaded to drink more in order to sleep for longer. Have you tried doing "retries" with his feeds? This means that when he's fussing give him a short break and then rewarm his feed and offer it to him again. Your CHN will be able to guide you on ways to persuade him to accept more. Medication tends to be prescribed if the baby has GORD which is gastro oesophageal reflux disease-when they are failing to thrive and unhappy most of the time. Most babies grow out of reflux by around 3-4 months when the gut matures and they are better able to keep their stomach contents down rather than refluxing back into their oesophagus. Speak with your CHN and see what individual guidance and support they can offer you. Best Jane
Answered: 08 Jun 2015