My son is 2 and is just getting over a bad case of hand,foot and mouth. He had really bad ulcers in his mouth and nearly had to be hospitalized as he went over 24hrs without fluids. Fortunately he worked out how to drink without hurting his mouth and we didn't fave to take him to hospital.
My problem is, because his mouth was so sore he wasn't able to use him dummy's (which is his comforter for sleeping) and as a result he used me as a comforter and now won't sleep through unless he is with me.
He is now back in his own room however wakes up after a couple of hours and won't go back off until he comes in with me. I have sat in his room for over an hour and cuddled him but as soon as I put him in his bed he is awake and crying. I have tried leaving him in his bed and me sitting in the chair at the foot of his bed and then going out when he is asleep, however my once brilliant sleeper who could sleep through any noise, now stirs at the slightest sound of my trying to get across creaky floor boards and again then starts crying. I have tried putting back into bed and coming straight out which I gave up on after an hour and a half and him nearly making himself sick as he was so upset. I have also tried a hot water bottle (in a protective case) with one of my tops on it so it Simulated body heat and my smell and no success with this either.
Does anyone have any tips on how to get my good sleeper back? Thanks
Sorry to hear your LO was so poorly. How long ago was this? If mine are ill, I pretty much expect their sleep patterns to disappear but I'm ok with that - they're ill. Once they're better, I go back to basics. Dinner, bath, story, bed. I'm a big fan of Jo Frost's technique. I have a comfy chair in their room in which I'll sit. It gets moved around the room a lot anyway so I don't strategically position it at bedtime. I admittedly take my iPhone with me, dim it to its lowest setting and play a game/surf t'internet as it can distract somewhat from any cry that would usually have me picking them back up and undoing any hard work I'd done previously. LO's can see me but I'm not continuing to engage in conversation etc. I've had 5 lovely babies, my eldest is 22 and my youngest has just turned 2. Jo's technique has worked the best for me with regards to routine and getting children off to sleep...although she never mentioned an iPhone!