|Fitting one's hand in one's mouth is an important life skill|
As you may have picked up from previous posts of mine, we are currently feeling VERY tired a whole lot of the time, mainly because our little madam (above) has stopped sleeping through the night for nearly 2 months now. After teasing us with blissful sleeping since 9 weeks. We thought we had hit the jackpot with this one sleep-wise!
She first started waking after suffering from 2 colds back-to-back, understandably enough to make anyone have a crap night's sleep, but the waking has continued since then. There is no clear pattern to it- sometimes it's just once a night and she can be settled with the dummy and a cuddle, other times it's full-on screaming and waking several times, and only being brought into our bed will calm her.
I know that she's at the age when it could be teething that's waking her, but i'm starting to wonder if it's solid food, or rather some solid food that's disagreeing with her. The trouble is, when she caught her colds was when we started giving her more than just fruit and veg i.e. meat, dairy, wheat, so it's hard to know if there is any correlation. The reason we think it might be food, is that when she's been waking and really screaming, she's been writhing in pain and appears to be quite windy. So horrible to witness. :-( She's suffered from reflux since birth (that we have treated with Gaviscon), so has history of a sensitive tum and a few 'ishoos' there.
We've decided to keep a food diary for a couple of weeks and see if there DOES seem to be any hint as to whether or not a certain food might be the problem. If so, we'll be hot-footing down the docs with our little cherub in tow, and will see where we go from there.
I'm really hoping that this is just a phase with her sleeping and not a long-term underlying problem. It would be such a shame as she's been doing so well with her weaning, and is a great eater who enjoys her food, whether it's purees or the more 'baby-led-weaning' approach, she just loves to shovel food in!
Would love to hear from anyone who has had a similar experience with sleep, or whose baby/child had a food intolerance and how you discovered it.