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What to do about teething after successful CC?

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franch Mon 07-Feb-05 11:27:20

Had appalling sleep problems with DD up to about 11 months, caused mostly I think by a long teething period where we tended to respond to her quite fast and at some length (perhaps 'comforting her past her need', to paraphrase the Baby Whisperer). Gradually phased this out and did a wimp's version of CC, which worked miracles - she's been sleeping about 13 hours a night for about 6 weeks.

Now she seems to be teething again - she's got a new tooth and the other half of the 'pair' seems to be on its way. Last night she woke up at 1am screaming her head off (she seems to have got a lot more dramatic since she last woke in the night!) - we waited a good while (no idea about timings, as we were taken by surprise and didn't think about it), then DH went in and tried to settle her. More screaming when he left - again, we waited a while then I went in and gave her Medised and a cuddle, then put her down (much to her outrage). After a while she eventually stopped screaming and went to sleep. This whole episode lasted about an hour.

I'm terrified of going back to the sleep problems we had with DD before, particularly as I'm currently suffering horrendous 24-hour 'morning' sickness. But it is harder than ever not to respond to her now that she's older and her cries are even more heartrending. Are we doing the right thing so far? Any thoughts/tips/experiences??

otto Mon 07-Feb-05 11:40:08

I think once they know how to sleep they do go back to sleeping properly once teething or illness is over. That's my experience anyway. Ds was a dreadful sleeper until I did a version of cc when he was 7 months. He's now almost 11 months and he's teethed a couple of times and been ill countless times since he learned how to sleep. We do whatever seems necessary during teething an illness and it doesn't seem to affect his ability to sleep too much. Sometimes it can take a couple of days to get back to normal, but I've never had to repeat cc.

franch Mon 07-Feb-05 11:45:35

Thanks otto. I guess it's deciding what 'seems necessary' that's hard - I always want to cuddle DD endlessly when she's distressed, but am terrified that'll cause her to regress. I'm reassured by your experience though.

otto Mon 07-Feb-05 11:49:06

I've rocked ds to sleep and even taken him into our bed when he's been sick and he's always gone back into his cot without much problem once he's got better.

Gwenick Mon 07-Feb-05 11:51:00

Don't worry - once she's over the illness/teething/or simply going out of routine thing she may either of the following may happen

1. She'll go straight back to sleeping normally

2. You may need to do CC again. BUT DON'T WORRY - once you 'start again' it NEVER takes as long - bascially it's just a 'reminder' for them of how to sleep on their own again.

franch Mon 07-Feb-05 12:09:34

Thanks both of you for the reassurance

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