How do you ladies feel about frequent use of Tylenol or Ibuprophen? I ask because I hate how much Ibuprophen we use.
Zoey is a terrible, terrible teether. She's just awful with it. When she's cutting a tooth she's absolutely unbearable. She can't sleep. She won't eat. And it seems as though the more over tired she gets, the worse her vertigo episodes are.
I rarely give anything during the day. She's often fussy and whiny but I do my best to use distraction to help her cope with it. However, it's become routine to dose her at bedtime when she's cutting a tooth. Otherwise, we get into what's been going on this whole week. She wakes up every 30-60 minutes screaming/crying. Most of the time, she'll fall back to sleep on her own before I can get to her (I jump out of bed, rush to the bathroom to empty my always full 3rd trimester bladder, and usually by the time I get halfway down the hall she's quiet again). Though she's not getting up per say, she's waking up and she's horribly upset. I decided to count these episodes Tuesday night, and she did this 7 times. 2 of those times I had to console her because she was not going to be able to do it herself. Obviously the following morning she was a tired wreck (as was I). You cannot be well rested if you're waking up more than once per hour!
Last night, I knew we both needed sleep so I gave her some medicine at bedtime. It lasts 6 hours. She slept without making a sound for 5 hours and 45 minutes before waking the first time. After that, I ended up getting up with her 4 times because she was so upset.
It's obviously not behavioral. If she sleeps almost 6 hours while medicated but then wakes up frequently after the medicine wears off it would seem likely that the cause of her waking up so much is pain, right?
My concern is that this has been going on since December. I cannot fathom giving this child Ibuprophen every night for 3-4 months at a time. So what do I do? Let her suffer, or medicate her nightly until this passes? :confused: When I give her medicine, she sleeps. When I don't, she's up all night, fussy all the next day, and her eyes are rolling around in her head and she's stumbling everywhere. My gut tells me to make sure she sleeps no matter what it takes, but I also don't want her to take so much medicine. I don't know what to do!
I won't do CIO with her. I believe in it 100% but since October, this child has not been having behavioral sleep issues. Between the vertigo and the teething, she's in so much discomfort that there is no way I will ignore her needs in the night and let her cry. I know my child, and I know she needs me.