Monday, April 19, 2010

15 month old awakening in the night for juice break

Questioner: Ashley

Subject: Night awakening and juice drinking

Question: My daughter is 15 months old and is still waking up in the middle of the night for a sippy full of juice. She is allergic to cows milk and soy milk, so all she ever gets to drink is juice, water (which she hates)and occasional rice milk(its VERY expensive).

First of all I want her to start sleeping through the night, second I dont want to be giving her juice at 2 in the morning either because thats what my parents did, and they paid for it when it came time to go to the dentist. I do brush her teeth 2 times a day, but lets face it...shes 1 year old, Im probably not brushing them good enough...she bites!

Its so hard not to give in to her, I just get so tired. I tried letting her cry, but she makes herself so upset that she throws up everywhere!!! I dont know how she can be thirsty at night...she drinks and eats all day!!!
Any advice would really help!

Thank you!!

Answer: Dear Ashley, She is waking up in the middle of the night thirsty because she is small. Often we don't realize a child's stomach is only as big as their fist. Next, her waking up in the middle of the night is not unusual....even adults wake up in the middle of the night. What you might try is putting her to sleep with a massage.

A massage is usually relaxing for anyone and will put them back to sleep in no time. Another idea is music. Soft music like the CD Mother's Touch which has heartbeat sounds with nature sounds combined.

Best Wishes!

M Kay Keller