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My 2 weeks old daughter has been having trouble sleeping lately. She would sleep for about an hour and wake up wanting to feed despite having just eaten an hour before. Sometimes, when we give her milk, she would suck a few times and then cry again. We do not know what she wants. It is obvious that she is tired coz she keeps yawning but she just keeps crying and won't sleep. It has been very tiring for our whole family.
Any tips on how to get my gal to sleep?
there could be several reasons:
- colic like what angelwendy said (if its colic, try rubbing your hands to generate warmth and put them over her tummy, burping her more frequently; in between feeds and after feeds; baby tummy massage or rubbing ruyi oil on your hands and rub your hands together and then place it on her tummy)
- insecurity (put a beanie over her chest or swaddle her)
- suckling for comfort (especially if you are breastfeeding)
- she could be a small eater but eats in shorter intervals
my personal experience is that newborns easily get startled and sometimes by their own hand/legs movement cuz they are still not in very good control over them, swaddling her helps to make her feel more secure. plus that my girl was a small baby she would get cold easily so giving her 2 blankets helped her keep warm and thus sleeping longer.
Last edited by adelynn; 30-05-2010 at 10:30 PM.
Is there any way to identify colic? Her crying is not periodic at a fixed time but rather on and off round the clock.
We have bought a beanie and swaddled her but no use.
We give her pacifier sometimes if we feel she actually not hungry but just want to suckle. But sometimes she reject the pacifier as well.
She's definitely not a small eater. She drinks 100ml of milk every hour! For both breast milk and formula! I thought formula supposed to keep her full longer but apparently not for her! Doc say she is born more than 3kg so will definitely eat more but its getting too much for me. She dont seem to know when she is full! Its like after eating, she poo, then want to eat again! Help!!! Wondering if there's something wrong with her...
She's easily warm as well so its the other way round. We try to keep her cool.
My baby was like that too, in the first few weeks. On and off round the clock especially during the nights.
She was 2.1kg at birth, at week 2-3, she was drinking the amount of milk for 3.5kg babies ! nurses told us to give her 25ml initially. Like you, we were worried about giving her too much, however in the end, we just gave her more milk then she slept peacefully for a longer period after her feed. Of course, we spent more time burping her, and carrying her upright or in a incline position for quite sometime before putting her back into her cot. And everytime after bath and during her sleeping time, I'll apply ru yi oil on her. As long as she doesn't merlion out milk, it should be fine feeding her more. Pacifiers also didn't work for us.
As for swaddling her, mine doesn't work, she'll throw a huge fuss if she can't move her hands, in the end, we'll put a bean bag on her chest, and her arms over it.
Renzie, how do you know that your baby is eating the amount for the 3.5kg baby? Is there a guideline as to how much a baby should drink at which week and at which weight?
My baby does not like to be swaddle, nurse ask me to feed only 25ml, and when ireach hm, i feed 25ml and he still cries, so i tried 50ml... went back to the polyclinic and nurse says "wow" so much... but as long as he never vomit out then should be ok..
I either carry him upright or place him in a bouncer or place higher pillow for him.. .
now he is 6 weeks old.. these few days, whenever he is cranky, i place him lying flat on his stomach and he can sleep for 4-5 hours and i wake him for milk (very hard pain see he never drink milk for so long hours, usually he drink ever 2 hours) but i guess he is too comfortable on his stomach that he does not even wants to drink milk...
after he finsih his milk, he would cry to be put on his stomach again...
but i will make sure i am sitting beside him when i place him on his stomach, incase of any accidents... perharps on his stomach he feels more secure??
Nowadays my guildeline is how much she drinks the whole day, sometimes she'll skip feeds when she oversleep, whenever that happens, she'll be extra hungry, and need more milk to satisfy her.
Whenever I put her to sleep on her tummy, she'll sleep for longer periods as well. but do remember to turn her head once in a while.
However after reading an article the other day, I'm kind of afraid to let her sleep on her tummy.
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