My 10mo ds has been waking 3+ times a night since he was a newborn. Now this would be normal and I would simply be complaining about a lack of sleep but I don't believe that this particular instance is normal and I'm concerned for his health. He suddenly wakes from sleep sometimes only 10-15 mins into sleep with an instant cry, moan or shriek of discomfort while rubbing his face and/or squirming or fidgeting. Its all so quick and sudden. It doesn't seem to be a waking for hunger. ALso, he's been pulling the back of his own hair too in addition to favoring the right side of his ear when rubbing and waking. Its every night - occasionally there are less wakings but usually at least 2 - 3 a night and often 1-3 wakings during a nap. The Ped says its because I allow him to BF during the night and he's simply waking for more. But this isn't the same as waking for food. Its just not. Its been going on so long without any big changes. Sometimes its more severe and sometimes less but its always there.
At 1st the Peds say it was his eczema - but he does it the same when his rash is good or bad (he only gets its on his face). Then they said its teething. Well, I might be wrong but I didn't know newborns teeth and he's been doing this since I can remember. I cleaned and hydrated his nose thinking it was dry but that didn't make a difference either. I've had his ears check so many times. And I just strongly doubt he's simply waking in this manner to BF. However, he is eventually soothed by BFing but recently, it hasn't been working as well and as quickly as it use to. Also, he's become more aggressive and agitated during his awake time. I didn't experience anything like this with my 1st and I did pretty much the same with her. And I do know each child is different but I just can't let this go... Something just doesn't seem right.
Has anyone had any experiences like this? Any advice, ideas or suggestions?