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Chiro for baby sleep issues?

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Serija

When do you know it is time to seek outside help?

 

I have a daily struggle getting my 9.5 month old to sleep. She fights it to the bitter end and it is wearing me down.

 

I know most, if not all of it is out of habbit, I have always took the easy way out and breastfed her to sleep and since she has given up the swaddling there is no way she will sleep for longer than 20-30 mins at a time.

 

Just to give you a little insight to my daily life, I am a mother of three, my husband works away on a fly in/out roster, 2 week away, 1 week home, so 75% of the time I am flying solo. My eldest son is in year 1 and pick up and drop off for school mucks about with DD's sleeping times, also DS#2 can be a bugga and wake her after I have faught long and hard with DD to get her to sleep...so it's a vicious cycle...one that I am looking to end and make a positive experience for us all.

 

I have read about chiropractors helping with sleep issues in baby's, is there any signs that I should be looking for that would indicate to me that she is in need of some help in that area?

 

I am off to get some homeopathics to see if that works today, but I fear that it will all be in vain.

 

Has any one had any experience with chiro's and sleep issue's? I would love to hear any success stories and of course the circumstances under which you turned to such a solution.

 

TIA

 

Tired and worn out mamma of three.

 

Mummy to...

Jacob ~ 6

Riley ~ 2

Seren ~ 9.5m

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Guest relleh

Hi

I personally don't like chiro's for anyone - but cranial osteopathy is very good for bubs. Was going to with dd but had c/s then settled ok so didn't. But my osteopath recommends it

i would certainly look at this before chiro and other things

understand how tiring it is - i'm solo a lot too

 

 

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DH - 36

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~kylie~

My DDs have always seen a chiro since birth (it's totally safe) but I must admit it's never helped with them falling to sleep.

 

My neigbour's baby is 9 months old, and she never sleeps longer than 30 - 40 minutes, I have heard that this is quite common. (Both of my DD's never slept very long at that age, and they were seeing a chiro monthly at the time) There is a book called "No Cry Sleep Solution" and it goes into lots of different ways to help with babies sleeping gently.

 

I hope you find some answers, I know how frustrating it is. I've only *just* taught my 21 month old how to fall asleep on her own without a breastfeed.

 

 

 

Kylie,

Mama to J&H

 

This message was edited by ~kylie~ on Friday, 29 April 2005 @ 10:50 AM

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Cheryl_v

I started taking my new baby to the chiropractor when she was about 2 weeks old because I was having a lot of trouble with her sleep in the middle of the night. It wasn't your typical day/night confusion, it was that at around 2am she would wake up for a feed and not be able to go back to sleep because she was trying to pass wind or whatever. The chiropractor had a feel of her back and told me that one of her thoracic vertebra was slightly out, did a very gentle adjustment that was literally just massaging the bone between two fingers, and my baby went back to sleep after her feeds for the next few nights.

 

I believe it's often worth a try for some of these things, if it doesn't work then it doesn't work but at least you've given it a go. Otherwise, why not go back to swaddling your baby? I swaddled my #3 past her first birthday since she was a winter baby.

 

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TheFruitcake

Sorry to hijack here, I am also wondering if I should take my dd to a chiro or osteo. My dd's waking is pretty much exactly as cheryl_v has outlined. How do you choose a chiro for a baby? I have posted in the vic area for any in my region, is there some particular chiros that specialise in babies and children?

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*Alina*

Hi to you both!

 

I passionately believe in the benefits of chiropractic for babies and children, whether they have a 'problem' or not.

 

My son was adjusted shortly after his birth, and has been regularly adjusted ever since.

 

He has slept through the night since 3 weeks of age, and I am constantly complimented on what a happy and settled baby he is by friends and strangers alike.

 

If either of you would like me to answer specific questions please PM me, I am actually about to spend the weekend at a paediatric chiropractic conference, so I should be bursting with answers about how chiro can help your children!

 

Relleh- you must have had a very negative experience to be so set against chiropractic. It really is a safe and wonderful therapy when practiced by a qualified and experienced doctor. Most chiropractors today have at least a masters degree. If you have any questions or would like to share your experience, I would be very interested.

 

Cheers!

 

Alina 23 "Mummy to a very well 'adjusted' baby with a chiropractor daddy"

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This message was edited by AlinaJane on Friday, 29 April 2005 @ 6:03 PM

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balah

I am the biggest chiro convert on EB I swear. Basically Jacob sufefres from a severe form of reflux, he is 2 and still hevaily medicated with several prescription drugs.

 

At 21 months, Jacob was waking every half hour to hour all night every night, he would sleep briefly at lunch time.

 

He started seeing a paed at 21 months and 2 weeks, that very night he slept for 12 hours straight, he had 6 adjustments, we saw her a week later for adjustment and 2 weeks after that.

 

we now see her every 4-6 weeks.

 

He now sleeps so well I can go into his room and poke around for stuff, I can change his nappy and he doesnt even wake and he now readily accepts his meds during the night time without waking, just opens mouth swallows and rolls over.

 

Before the chiro, I could even go near his room with the door shut for fear of waking him.

 

he know goes to bed at 6 pm, and wakes about 6.30/7 am and has a 1-2 hour day sleep.

 

Chiros are fantastic.

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Serija

Thank you all for your feedback...I really apreaciate it.

 

Relleh, solo parenting is hard at the best of times...it has been our way of life now for almost 8 years. I will Google Cranial Osteopathy in a sec to learn more about that option ;)

 

Kylie, I have accepted now that the way I get DD to sleep may always be the same, for now at least. What I am concerned about more is getting her to have quality sleep, less waking times during the night and good solid sleep during the day. I really don't mind that I have to breastfeed her to sleep. I have a sleep book here, not the one you mentioned but it has various methods in it. One would think that DD being the third child, it would be easier.

 

Cheryl, thanks for your story, so pleased that it worked well for your baby. I am a believer in 'ya never never know, if ya never never go'. I am always willing to try something new to see if it will work for me. Swaddling worked well for us...up until she figured out how to wiggle her way out...now I am not even sure if duct tape could even keep that sheet wrapped on her tight :p

 

Degs, I hope you get some more answers and find a way to get you bub sleeping better.

 

Alina, your hubby wouldn't happen to be in Perth by any chance? ;)

 

Bec, your story is inspiring. My Jacob was a bugga for sleeping too, he is the best now he is six.

 

Again, thanks for all the replies, it has given me some hope as to how I can get DD to get some better sleep. I have just now spent the last 2 hours getting up and down to her and settling my 2yo DS (who I think could benefit from a chiro trip too ;) ). Man it is hard work, but I guess I just have to soldier on, and look for a baby friendly chiro in the Perth/SOR area. ;)

 

Mummy to...

Jacob ~ 6

Riley ~ 2

Seren ~ 9.5m

 

This message was edited by Serija on Friday, 29 April 2005 @ 10:53 PM

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df475

my DD (3rd child also)is nearly 9mths and has never slept all night either and has 3-4 30-45min sleeps during the day also,i have never thought about taking her to a chiropractor but since reading the above messages am now wondering if this would be beneficial to her.school times are a nightmare for us aswell as is the noise levels from her 2 big brothers so seriously thinking about looking into this option,thanks for the insights!!!!goodluck ..

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~kylie~

AlinaJane - I've sent you a PM :)

 

Serija - Sorry, I think you might have miss-understood my message! What I was trying to say is, that even though my DD was seeing a chiro reguarly she was still only napping for 30-40 minutes, so for us it didn't help with length of sleep! I am a huge believer in chiro for babies/children/everyone! The book I recommended has a section about sleep cycles and how to help your baby sleep longer than that sleep cycle. I never bothered with it as it was too hard! :)

 

 

Kylie,

Mama to J&H

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Serija

Kylie, :) I think that if it was too hard for you to do, then it will be super tricky with me juggling two other kids as well as DD by my self most of the time...I am the type of person that does whatever works, and right now it's feed her to sleep. Sorry that the chiro sessions didn't help with the length of sleeps for your bub...I guess there has to be an exception to every rule ;)

 

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Seren is a very happy full of life baby that doesn't like missing a trick, she is her own worst enemy when it comes to sleep time as she fights it so hard and 75% of the time she just gets way overtired. My boy's used to sleep well during the day, my 2yo still has a 2-3 hour day time sleep...which is handy for when I am wrestling with Seren.

 

I will do some calling around for a local chiro and see what I can do, plus I am going to get into my naturopath as well to see if she has some ideas. ;)

 

Mummy to...

Jacob ~ 6

Riley ~ 2

Seren ~ 9.5m

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