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OVERTIRED SIGNS

OVERTIRED SIGNS

Many parents seek help and relief for their unsettled baby who seems to cry all of the time and assume that baby colic or reflux is the problem. However, in a lot of cases, a baby is just over stimulated or overtired presenting similar signs to that of colic or reflux.

Colic is usually described as when a baby cries at least 3 times a day for 3 days in a row for 3 weeks.

Reflux is common and is where the contents of the tummy rise up and cause a burning sensation in the back of the throat without vomiting (silent reflux) or vomiting occurs with or without crying sometimes projecting across the room and all over mum and dad.

In cases where a parent comes to me complaining of their baby suffering from colic or reflux I first like to check the baby’s sleep patterns. Often, overtiredness or over stimulation is actually the cause as the symptoms are similar.

Overtired signs include but are not limited to:

  • Crying
  • Arching of the back
  • Going red in the face
  • Glazed eyes
  • Staring with a blank expression
  • Pulling of ears
  • Rubbing of eyes

Each child will display their own tired signs and it’s really helpful for a parent to try and learn what their child’s tired signs are. A lot of the time, when a baby is crying and displaying one or some of the above signs, a normal reaction from a parent is to try anything to fix the crying. The parent will hold the baby, rock the baby, pat the baby, and pick up the baby…..and so on. However, all the little baby actually wants is to be left to go to sleep. Over stimulation is easy to do as it’s a normal reaction from a parent…..to fix the cry! However, once the baby reaches the overtired stage it gets excessively difficult to get them to sleep as the body releases a chemical which fights the urge to sleep.

What parents can do to avoid getting to the overtired stage include:

  • Ensure that the baby is on an age appropriate sleep/wake routine. If the baby is a newborn and has been awake for more than 1-1.5 hours then there is a good chance that they will be tired;
  • Watch closely for the tired signs;
  • Learn what their baby’s tired signs are;
  • Put to bed without over stimulation. Sometimes a baby will need to be rocked, patted and help. But at other times, the baby may not need so much stimulation and just wants to sleep.

Parenting a young baby can be a challenging experience for a lot of parents. If you need assistance with getting your little one to achieve better sleep, head to www.sleepystarz.com/sleep-consulting/

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