I'm too tired to type it all out, but a little background -- J's had SEVERE nasal congestion for weeks now. Been to the doctor 3x. Diagnosed upper respiratory inf, then sinusitis, then back to URI. Three different antibiotics, musinex, and dimatap for overnight. (J's 10 months old.) I also have every thing under the sun going non-medicinally -- humidifier, air purifier, bed mattress elevated, vicks vapor thing, saline, snot sucker, etc., etc. It continues, and in fact is getting worse (he just started daycare, I should add - probably picking up bugs left and right, I would imagine.)
He went through a period about two weeks ago of not sleeping over night much AT ALL because of this congestion, and I nearly lost my mind. I'm a single mom, also with no family in state, and I was only getting 2-3 hours of sleep a night - my anxiety and so on was becoming absolutely nightmarish on that lack of sleep for weeks.
It then got better - back to his normal 8-9 hours, and my normal 6-7 hours. Now, last night, it started again -- he woke up at 3 am and couldn't go back to sleep for hours. I only got 2 hours sleep all night. At one point I did the saline, the snot sucker, redosed his medication, and put him in his swing. He fell asleep in there pretty quickly (after crying for an hour and a half straight before that.) Here's my question -- what about him sleeping in the swing all night? It just doesn't seem quite right to me, like it can't be comfortable, or an "acceptable" way to sleep all night, but if it actually makes him sleep, then I would imagine it's what's best, right?
Also, I don't want to get him in the habit of not being able to sleep unless he's in the swing, though. That could lead to a whole new problem.
And, another issue -- should I start him in his bed, then if he can't sleep, switch him to the swing? But if I do that, then won't he get the idea that when he goes to bed, if he cries enough, he gets to go into the swing? (Right now I know without a doubt that he's waking up and staying awake because of his nasal congestion, not because he just wants to play or wants me to come to him -- I'm talking about when that's past -- creating a bad habit of him crying because he knows I'll get him out of bed or put him in the swing, and that will lead to lack of sleep for me that way...)
Answer by LuvMyMedic3ID at 8:13 AM on Feb. 22, 2011
I think since he has the nasal congestion the swing probably makes it easier to sleep because he is upright more and everything isn't going down the back of his throat. I think for a couple nights it might be okay as long as the swing is right by you because you don't want him falling out of it or anything like that.
When my DD was this age she was very colicky and the only thing that helped was the swing. She would sit in the swing for a couple of hours at a time, which I know is not the best thing. It was the only thing that kept me sane at that point.
Answer by cornflakegirl3 at 8:14 AM on Feb. 22, 2011
Answer by Nonoluna at 8:16 AM on Feb. 22, 2011
Answer by Dr.Donna at 8:27 AM on Feb. 22, 2011
Answer by ChristyW3 at 9:35 PM on Feb. 22, 2011