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1 yr old won't eat and great difficulty sleeping [Feb. 8th, 2007|10:35 pm]
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My normally sweet natured, fun loving, easy going wee girl has been so fussy lately.  She is not eating much (I was tempted to give her wet washclothes to suck on so that I'd know that she was getting some fluid intake) and getting her to sleep is a Herculean feat.  She's never been a great sleeper but now she sleeps for about an hour and then wakes up crying like she's in pain or is afraid.  She is teething.  She has 7 teeth but never reacted like this when they were coming in.  Oh, I guess I should add that she will be 1 in less than a week.  If anyone has any suggestions that could be of help I'd really appreciate it.  Thank you.

[User Picture]From: odyssey_road
2007-02-09 04:13 am (UTC)
I could have written this a year ago. My pediatrician was so frustrating - he said that some children don't need a lot of sleep and shrugged it off. He also figured that as long as she was not experiencing any drastic weight loss she was ok.

I found that the only way my husband and I could get sleep was to bring her into bed with us. Unfortunately, she is two now and she still comes into our room in the middle of the night and it is SO difficult to break her of this.

As far as food went, she loved Edy's popsicles (the kind that are made with real fruit) cut up into a bowl. I think the cold helped her teething pains. Wet washcloths are fine. My daughter also liked frozen bagels.

Good luck. I know it's hard. Hang in there.
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From: amaryah
2007-02-11 08:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your encouragement and advice. As it turns out she has one molar almost through and it seems that two more are on the way. She tends to teeth in multiples, when her first teeth came in it was the bottom two at once. I've tried the frozen bagels and she's ok with that, but she sure loves the popsicles. Thanks again :)
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[User Picture]From: dstroy
2007-02-09 04:39 am (UTC)
Is there *any* chance she has an ear infection? These things can be notoriously hard to notice! The teeth in the back are worse than the early ones though - in all seriousness, I think the older they are as those teeth come in the worse it is for them.
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From: amaryah
2007-02-11 08:11 pm (UTC)
Just in case there may be a chance of an ear infection I brought her in to the dr. Thankfully she doesn't have one -- just a really hard time with the teeth coming in. She tends to get them in multiples so right now she has one molar almost all the way through and another 2 on the way. I'll be glad when this is over. Thank you for your suggestion. I appreciate the help.
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[User Picture]From: trisbiss
2007-02-09 01:52 pm (UTC)
I'd bet it's the teeth that are bothering your little girl. Our son (just turned 1yr on Tues!) has been having similar issues and we noticed at least 2 molars and two regular teeth coming in. He too had no problems with his first 8 teeth but these seem to really hurt him. If you think about it molars have to feel 10x worse =/

Not sure what you're doing with feedings, but Ethan seems to prefer chewing something (especially chunks of cheese) to a bottle and once in a while if he's miserable we stick a little bonjela on or give him some calpol. Distractions seem to help a lot - walks outside and baths always take the bulk of his attention! As far as getting him to bed, sometimes we have to just let him stay up that much longer until he's really acting tired before we stick him in his cot (vs getting him there before he gets overtired) and just letting him play till he starts laying his head on his blanket because he's tired. Seems horrible but he sleeps longer that way. Poor babies. You could always try letting her chew on a cool cloth - Ethan enjoyed that for a short while but now has 0 interest in such things!

Good luck, and just know the teeth will come in and she'll be just fine. It's not easy for anyone involved but it will pass!
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From: amaryah
2007-02-11 08:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your suggestions. The baths work, however, walks outside right now aren't much of an option since with windchill it's been about -23c to -27c lately, and once it even dipped to -37c. I can hardly wait until we get out of the deep freeze so I can take her out again.

Elizabeth seems to be teething like your son in multiples and the doctor said that it is the teething that is causing the lack of interest in food and for her to be so miserable. Can't say as I blame her having a calcified projectile making it's way through tender gums cannot be easy. She has one molar almost through and two more on the way.

Thank you for your suggestions they are much appreciated.
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[User Picture]From: dirtgirl
2007-02-10 04:14 am (UTC)
My dd, also a horrible sleeper, acted like that when her molars were coming in. My mantra was, "This, too, shall pass," and now she sleeps from about 9-7 on most nights and eats like a horse.

I've heard mixed reviews, but Hyland's teething tablets worked really well for us. You can give them up to every hour, and they have herbs in them that relax babies. Also, my crazy sister tells me that she used to make catnip tea (It has the opposite effect on humans that it does on cats.) for her little ones (she has 8!) when they were teething. I never got desperate enough to try it myself, though. You can pick it up at any health food store.

Good luck!
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From: amaryah
2007-02-11 08:14 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure that I'm willing to try catnip tea either but I'll keep an eye out for the Hyland's and see if that will help. She has one molar almost through and it seems like two more on the way so any relief will be good. Thank you for your suggestions and encouragement. :)
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