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"My 6-month-old daughter wakes up every night, what to do?" Our specialist, Dr. Béatrice Di Mascio, a pediatrician in Paris, answers Maeva's question.
The answer of Dr. Béatrice Di Mascio, pediatrician in Paris *
- Essential for the good physical and psychic development of the baby, sleep is a big concern for young parents. Especially since this subtle process takes a certain amount of time, depending on each child, to adjust perfectly.
- When a baby is not yet at 6 months, it is important to know why without worrying. It all depends on whether it is a phenomenon that has always lasted - which could mean that the child has not yet fully adjusted his sleep pattern - or if it is a new phenomenon.
- Waking up in the middle of the night may indicate, if accompanied by a fever, that the child is smoldering or preparing a dental flare. They may be caused by cow's milk intolerance or gastroesophageal reflux that may not have been detected.
- These awakenings can also mean that the child is still hungry. This phenomenon is quite common in 6-month-olds who are undergoing a period of rapid growth and who quickly go back to sleep after the night-time bottle has been swallowed up! They can still mean that the child is disturbed, even anxious (in case of change of care, moving, nightmare ...) and he needs a hug!
- Depending on the causes of these awakenings, it is advisable to give paracetamol in case of fever, or increase the evening doses to better stall the baby's stomach but especially, if it lasts, to talk with the pediatrician of the child who will think of possible ways to find a solution.
* Author of My child from birth to kindergarten (Albin Michel)
Interview by Frédérique Odasso
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