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Nov 11, 2008
b-girl
Mom to Jasmine aka: Jazz 01/24/2007
Dx with silent reflux at 8 months
FPIES, DGE, MSPI. Recently diagnosed with EC (Eosin. colitis and now Primary immune deficiency disease.
Also mom to Nathan. born Jan.20th, 2009, MPI . so far dx with reflux and has an extremely sensitibe GI system. Also dx with primary immune deficiency disease.
Do your LO's take a long time to fall asleep?
I don't mean when they aren't feeling great, but just normally. Jazzy takes 45 min usually after our routine and after lights out!!! To me that's crazy.

Today at nap time, it took her an hour and 20 min. to stop wiggling around and talking! I know she is exhausted, so it's not that. I've tried ealier times and later times.....she just can't seem to shut down. I am always in there with her, lying beside her until she falls asleep, I don't talk to her unless I have to. I'm just there as a comfort. When she falls asleep she usually sleeps thru the night or almost. Anyone else have a LO who doesn't SHUT DOWN?

Nov 11, 2008
stickybean
I am Jacky, mommy to Joslyn Olivia (April 2008) and Katelyn Isabel (November 2009).
Joslyn was dx'ed with Silent Reflux with breath apnea at 5 days old. VERY SCARY!
Katelyn is a spitter reflux baby. Started at 3 days old as well. (Both were/are breast fed.. symptoms came on when my milk came in).
Joslyn has been reflux free since she was 12 months (suffered poor weight gain for a few months) and Katelyn is now on Zantac... waiting to see if it works.
geeze! I dont have that!
Nov 11, 2008
mom2halleyann
Donnessa, mom to Halley born 3/10/07
Reflux (mostly) resolved at 14 months
and Addison born 8/17/09. Currently exclusively bf and on 7.5mg Prevacid
LOL! She's just a curious little girl! Have you tried cutting down the amount of time that you are in there with her? I used to stay with Halley until she fell asleep, but I'm finding that my little social butterfly goes to sleep faster if I'm not right there. What I did was start the first few nights standing beside her crib until she fell asleep. Then the next few nights I patted her a few times and stood a few feet back from the crib, still well within eyesight. I kept moving further and further toward the door over the course of a couple of weeks. Now I stand in the doorway for a minute and then close the door and she puts herself to sleep.
Nov 11, 2008
b-girl
Mom to Jasmine aka: Jazz 01/24/2007
Dx with silent reflux at 8 months
FPIES, DGE, MSPI. Recently diagnosed with EC (Eosin. colitis and now Primary immune deficiency disease.
Also mom to Nathan. born Jan.20th, 2009, MPI . so far dx with reflux and has an extremely sensitibe GI system. Also dx with primary immune deficiency disease.
Worth a shot...Thanks!
Nov 11, 2008
lorenzomama
Lorenzo b.4/25/07 1 week in NICU w/ aspirate pneumonia from a reflux episode; diagnosed GERD at 9weeks; Used Zantac for 5months. Currently using Chinese Medicine and Craniosacral Therapy. GERD, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Sensory Processing Disorder. Ask me about breastfeeding a refluxer! Pic: day 5 in the NICU.
Lorenzo used to be legendary in this regard. 2-4 hours was not at all unusual, no matter how exhausted he was and no matter how much we assisted or backed off. Craniosacral therapy did wonders for helping him relax when he is tired, instead of getting wired and stressed. We also started doing the Montessori style bed situation -- a mattress on the floor which allows him to have more control over when he goes to bed and gets up. I was a little skeptical about this at first, but it worked really well for us. Basically, we just provide bedtime routines, and as he shows signs of being sleepy, I ask him periodically if he wants to go lie down in bed. The first couple of weeks, as expected, he stayed up pretty freakin late, but he did always eventually make the decision to go lie down. Eventually, he started accepting the suggestion earlier, and now he often makes the suggestion himself before I think he's ready. When he wakes up, he is welcome to come out to me, although I always hear him on the monitor and go to him if he's upset.

Now, I have to add here, that we co-sleep, and, as you may recall, he has sleep apnea and major sleep disruptions, so his situation and reactions cannot just be assumed to be the norm, but it really did seem to make a difference to him to have some control over things, and it helped me see more clearly his natural rhythms. Regardless, you are definitely not alone with this one! Intelligent and inquisitive kids often have trouble shutting down their brains for sleep :)

Nov 12, 2008
slimfast13
This is our dd, Alessandra. Dx with GER 10/07. Ran the gamut with meds and now done with them (crossed fingers). Using magnesium, probiotics and prebiotic supplements. With the exception of teething and general sassy attitude, all is well now. They really CAN grow out of it!
We had a lot of difficulty in this area. Firstly, Allie did not sleep more than 5 minute intervals the first 4-5 months due to pain. Then we had to teach her to sleep (not worth explaining, as you lo is older than my dd). When the reflux was under control, we tried CIO for 2 weeks - that's when I found out that the longer we let her cry, the worse it got - she'd get so wound up it would take ages to get her even calm again (I'm talking 2-4 hours at best).

After 13 months, we now can get her (for the most part) to comfort herself. Instead of cuddling and shushing, it actually worked better for us to put her in the crib, walk away and out of sight, let her have a good yell, and she usually drops within 2 mintues, either sleeping or calming down. But it took 13 months to get to this stage...still have some trying nights here and there though.

Nov 12, 2008
mom2halleyann
Donnessa, mom to Halley born 3/10/07
Reflux (mostly) resolved at 14 months
and Addison born 8/17/09. Currently exclusively bf and on 7.5mg Prevacid
It took us a long time to get Halley to sleep through the night - she was 18 months old. Now that she's not afraid of falling asleep in her crib, it's really easy to get her to go to bed. I give her a "5 minute warning" before bedtime so she can transition (we had good luck with this method with my niece at the McDonalds playground LOL). Now she grabs her blanket and her baby and runs to the rocking chair to get her milk. I never thought this day would come...

Hope Jazz will cooperate and start sleeping before the new little one arrives ;-).

Check with your
doctor first!