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Croup, screaming and general lack of sleep in 6.5 mo

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BabyLabyrinth Tue 15-Jan-13 12:12:53

My friend's DD is slowly getting over croup, which seems to have completely destroyed any sort of routine they were in for sleep. Her DD now screams hysterically all day and a lot of the night, doesn't nap at all and will only sleep for 15 mins or so at a time at night unless on her, in which case she might sleep an hour. Then the screaming starts

We thought maybe it was hunger causing all the screaming. They delayed starting solids because of the croup, so baby is only now (as in, from this morning!) getting real food, but my friend obviously wants to start slowly and build up to three meals. She's BF, by the way.

Does anyone have any experience of croup? Of this crying? Baby was generally a high-needs baby before she got sick, but it's just a hundred times worse for my friend now. And she's just exhausted!! Thanks for any advice.

Maximilimum Tue 15-Jan-13 12:22:27

No advice sorry but wanted to say going through similar with my 7 month old. Not sure if it was croup but horrible cough which has messed up our sleep (which wasn't great anyway).
Watching to see if anyone else has good advice!
Your friend is not alone!

BabyLabyrinth Tue 15-Jan-13 15:45:26

Hi Max, sorry you're having problems, too! I think I'm going to direct my friend to the thread about high-needs babies, as there seems to be lots of people there with the general issues she struggles with. My DD doesn't sleep well by a long shot (I was up every hour with her last night ...) but she isn't particularly high-needs during the day, so I've been struggling to help her. She's just so exhausted and feeling very low about everything. And as her DD is still infectious, she's been confined to the house - so not even able to come over for a moan!

Maximilimum Tue 15-Jan-13 18:32:27

I think we just need to ride it out and hope things improve once he's over it.
Although I've been riding these sleep issues out since 4 months!
As I keep getting told- this too will pass!


BabyLabyrinth Tue 15-Jan-13 19:56:26

You're right, I'm sure it will get better with time. Hope you get some sleep tonight. My DD has already woken up three times since bedtime hmm ...

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