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How does colds, ear infections, separation anxiety for a nine month old affect sleep?

My son was sleeping well and for past month was coughing alot and was unable to go back to sleep for longer than a hour before waking again. He than got his first flu shot and had a fever for three days. He had alot of congestion and mucus. Than started crying when I left the room and wanted only mom. It's been quite a month. Dr. stated he had a start of ear infection but finished antibiotics today. Last night he cried for a hour, usually he cries for less than 15 minutes and can put himself back to sleep. It's just that some nights he self-soothes and other nights he cries for over a hour. We have learned after many attempts that going to him makes the situation worse, because he wants to play at 3am and is not hungry. He has been sleep trained since 7 months. We are wondering why the set backs and change? Any advice or suggestions appreciated.

 
tazkitty

Asked by tazkitty at 10:01 PM on Nov. 14, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • because he's sick. when they're sick, they want mommy. sometimes the antibiotics don't work for ear infections, bring him in for a follow up, just in case. get some sea salt spray and pray it up his nose, then use the bulb to suck all that snot out of it. use tylonal for the fever. as for the seperation anxiety, 9 month olds go through it and yes, it coud mess up the sleeping schedule. normally i'd say go ahead and let him CIO, but since he's sick i say it's best not to, and just comfort him right now until he's better.
    advice for the nose and ear infections, put a pillow UNDER his mattress, where his head would be, so he's propped up while sleeping, this will help the drainage in both the ears and the nose. also try a humidifier if you're not already. GL momma hope your baby gets better!
    armywife43

    Answer by armywife43 at 10:26 PM on Nov. 14, 2009

  • oh yeah, btw, is he still taking 2 naps a day? i know for both my kids, at 9 months is when they stopped that and decided to take one long nap a day (about 3-4 hours around midday), that way by the time bedtime came they were more tired than and went down wonderfully.
    I know how hard it can be when they wake up in the middle of the night. mine have went to bed at 8 and slept through the night till 8am since 6 months, with the occasional wake up when they're sick. i know how it is when you get so used to it then all of a sudden you're back to being more sleep deprived than usual. GL and just remember we've all been there & the new moms will be going through it soon!
    armywife43

    Answer by armywife43 at 10:31 PM on Nov. 14, 2009

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