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Brady has been having a hard time with his sleep lately...this has been going on for a few weeks I would say.  Now I will say that he's transitioning out of his nap, so he will either take a short late nap (like around 4:00 for about 45 minutes) and then go to bed around 9:00-9:30 OR he will NOT take a nap and go to bed around 6:30-7:00.  Either option is really fine with me as this is what happens when kids transition out of their daily naps (from what I've heard).

Here's the problem...he wakes up in the night, multiple times some nights, regardless of whether he had a nap or what time he went to bed...he wakes up in the night coughing, crying, or laughing...seriously!  A lot of times he wakes up coughing..he has Cystic Fibrosis, so he does cough a lot from the mucus in his lungs.  Other times he will maybe have a bad dream and wake up crying?  Other times he will wake up at 2:00 in the morning laughing...what he did last night!  He was up until 4:00 coughing...yes, he went from laughing to coughing!  I have NO idea why he's waking up during the night...he NEVER used to do this!  He's always slept SO well!  

Any ideas?  There are some nights that he can't seem to go to sleep...like he can't shut his mind off and go to sleep...he's too excited and wants to do things.  He has a pediatrician appointment on Wednesday so I plan to mention it to her then.

I wanted your opinions first though:)  Thanks!

UPDATE - We figured out why Brady was waking up in the night...regardless of what time he went to bed, he would wake up at all hours and we realized it was mainly b/c his belly was hurting.  He gets 800+ calories of Pediasure w/ Fiber at night through his night feed, and I think he had bad gas, so I started giving him gas drops before he went to bed the past 2 nights and he has slept all night long without waking up!  Now, that doesn't fix the problem of when he goes to bed, but it's a start!  

by on Apr. 29, 2012 at 6:35 PM
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darbyakeep45
by Darby on Apr. 30, 2012 at 6:50 PM
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Thanks for your help...hoping a big milestone is about to happen!

Quoting sammygrl77:

Brooke went through a stage like that. I think it is typical and hopefully short lived for you. I remember Alana used to wake up at night also. She would sneak into my bed and id wake up with her there.

A therapist told me once that big behavior changes means the child is about to make a huge developmental milestone.


CameronsMommy23
by on May. 1, 2012 at 10:09 AM
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A few times the twins have changed their night time habits bc of being overly tired. For awhile they went from one nap to two naps and they actually slept better at night! Now they're back to one longer nap & they sleep from 8:30pm til about 7am or later.
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darbyakeep45
by Darby on May. 1, 2012 at 7:47 PM

I'm really hoping there's a new milestone on the horizon!  I think we've realized the problem with him waking up in the night...I think his belly is hurting him from his night feed so I've given him gas drops the past 2 nights in a row and he hasn't woken up!

Quoting Hottubgodess:

 I can tell you that NT kids usually have changes in sleep patterns when they are getting ready to master a new milestone.  So, is there a new milestone on the horizon?  :)

Is he able to go back to sleep after waking?  If so, that is normal as well.  We go in and out of sleep patterns (from REM to Light Sleep).  The differnce is some of us (like me and my son Mike) process so much in our minds, that at night we "work" on things as we "dump out the trash" we collected during the day.  Mike will look at his clock, then roll over.  If he is having too much trouble, he joins me in bed.  He will talk, giggle, whine, squirm, etc. 

As for the CF, not much I can help with there.  :)

As for the doc....good luck. 


Hottubgodess
by on May. 2, 2012 at 11:55 AM

 Awww...poor baby!  I know that feeling.  Teething tabs were a blessing for us.  Still are on nights Mike is restless at 8. 

What is in the night feed that is causing gas?

Quoting darbyakeep45:

I'm really hoping there's a new milestone on the horizon!  I think we've realized the problem with him waking up in the night...I think his belly is hurting him from his night feed so I've given him gas drops the past 2 nights in a row and he hasn't woken up!

Quoting Hottubgodess:

 I can tell you that NT kids usually have changes in sleep patterns when they are getting ready to master a new milestone.  So, is there a new milestone on the horizon?  :)

Is he able to go back to sleep after waking?  If so, that is normal as well.  We go in and out of sleep patterns (from REM to Light Sleep).  The differnce is some of us (like me and my son Mike) process so much in our minds, that at night we "work" on things as we "dump out the trash" we collected during the day.  Mike will look at his clock, then roll over.  If he is having too much trouble, he joins me in bed.  He will talk, giggle, whine, squirm, etc. 

As for the CF, not much I can help with there.  :)

As for the doc....good luck. 


 

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lifeisajoy
by on May. 2, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Hope Brady doing better and glad you figured out wny he is waking up mostly---My son --19 yrs--takes about an hour nap late afternoon--around 3 --when no school and around 4 when there is school--  he goes to bed by 8/8:30---when my son is having GI issues he wakes up but pretty much he sleeps through the night 

Hope you figure out what works best for Brady--

natesmom1228
by on May. 2, 2012 at 1:30 PM
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Thanks for the update. That is great that he slept.

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