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DD has always been a *frequent* night nurser. We're exclusively cosleeping and she has access to nurse all night. Usually she nurses a lot but didn't really wake.<br><br>
The past month has been hard. 4 molars coming in (2 still haven't popped through yet). She was waking/crying even though she has complete access to me (to nurse). She seemed in pain so I felt like I knew what was going on.<br><br>
However now she seems to just be waking/crying. Somehow it doesn't seem like she's in pain. Maybe she is and I just can't tell.<br><br>
Needless to say I'm bone tired. I just want to know if you all know of anything to help us get back on a good cycle of her sleeping better.<br><br>
I've learned over the past year to just 'ride the wave' as I call it but I just don't know what's going on.<br><br>
Any tips, suggestions would be so helpful! Thank you as always mamas!
 

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I posted a similar post to this one a few weeks ago and I got a lot of "my kid does the same thing." I was really frustrated. I know the mamas are well-meaning. But it doesn't help a lot if you genuinely feel that something is wrong with your child.<br><br>
I started doing more research on the Health Forum and found out about some different elimination diets. We've been trying some different things for about a week and have seen drastic improvement in our situation (which had been going on for about 2 months). I'm not saying your situation is the same, or that these things will definitely work, but it's worth a try. We went from every 20 minutes to every 2-3 hours with the night-waking. Sometimes more frequently in the wee hours. But last night dd only woke 2x. Here's what we have tried:<br><br>
We think she had some eczema on her face that might have been itching and waking her. So, we bought a special cream and applied 2 times a day. It's gone now. We tried Baby Mylanta before bed for about 5 nights. This helped a lot in the first 3-4 hours after bed. We had dh wear her in a sling and dance with her to soft music. This worked if she was really exhausted. She might fuss for a minute, but then she'd go to sleep and stay asleep longer. If she really cried, we'd just take her out and I'd nurse her to sleep. We started the SCD diet about 4 days ago. We have seen drastic improvemtns in her sleep, her daytime fussiness, and my energy level all day. (Long story short, I think dd has some food sensitivities that were bothering her stomach and waking her.)<br><br>
I hope something I have said helps someone!<br><br>
Taryn
 

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My dd would wake up really frequently to nurse and then not even seem to nurse much. So, I started having my husband sooth her back to sleep most of the time. The results were amazing. Within 5 nights of her sleeping on his side of the bed and cuddling with poppa back to sleep she was sleeping much longer than the two hour intervals (at the longest) that she was when having access to me her all night nursing cafe. We went through teething episodes since then where whe woke up more frequently and I would let her nurse sometimes, but daddy's side of the bed seems to be like magic.<br><br>
Jennifer<br>
Olivia 8/2/04<br>
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Thanks. I've nursed her back to sleep 4 times already tonight! But who's counting. I usually don't count actually but am kinda curious now. So she is averaging every 1/2 hour.<br><br>
I've heard a bit about elimination diets. I eliminated diary when she was a week old so can't be that. I also did notice I was giving her dinner too late. I started giving her dinner about 3 hours before bed instead of 1 or 2 and saw a huge improvement.<br><br>
This seems different though. Just a minute ago she nursed half asleep and was turning her head side to side (like saying 'no'). I guess she is uncomfortable. Poor thing.<br><br>
Thanks again!
 

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I came here this morning to post almost the same thing. My ds is 13 months and is driving us crazy. He wakes up every hour and cries. He refuses to nurse sometimes too so he just needs to be comforted. I put him on my chest and he just turns his head from side to side.<br>
I'm not sure if he has gas... we've been using Tummies... or if he's in pain from teething...?? He does chew on EVERYTHING during the day.<br>
I don't know what to do. I just need some sleep and I hate to medicate the little guy every night. Motrin for the teeth or tummies for the gas.<br><br>
I really need some sleep
 

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my ds is now 14 months and cutting molars so i feel your pain<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> it is rough on everyone when they dont sleep well.i have been giving him hylands teething tablets for night along with motrin, together it seems to pack a punch for those really painful days.
 

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well for what it's worth we tried several things last night AND WE SLEPT!!!<br><br>
we fed ds his dinner earlier than usual<br><br>
I changed the kids shampoo (based off the article in the new Mothering mag)<br><br><br>
but, I think the big problem was something that just took care of itself. Ds had two HUGE poos yesterday that cleaned out his system. He seemed much more comfortable last night.<br><br>
don't get me wrong... he still woke up to nurse several times but I think I got a 3 hours chunk of solid sleep without him on top of me!!! I feel like a new woman. And so does my 3 yo dd who has been getting woken up also when ds cries at night. She woke up this morning and said "mom, I slept for a LONG time!"<br><br>
please, please, please, keep this up and just get better from here. (prayer to the sleep god)
 

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Great news! And to further chime in, my ds had a period around 14 months old when he nursed like crazy. We are at 17 months now and his night nursing is MUCH more manageable. hang in there!
 

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.... dd doesn't have 4 molars coming in - she has 4 molars and 2 insizers!!!!!!! Just saw them! So that explains some of this. I hope we'll have a break after this for a while. I never thought I'd wish for all of her teeth so badly!
 

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Homeopathic remedy's. They can work wonders! Do some research as they are very specific and they don't always go by whats on the label.
 
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