My 4 week old seems to be in pain in her crib
by Dawn Cleverley
Question: Hi, My 4 week old daughter will not sleep in her crib. I put her down and she will sleep for approximately 30 minutes and then whilst still asleep - she starts throwing her arms and legs about and squealing and sometimes crying - all whilst still asleep. She also looks to be in pain.
As soon as I sit up and hold her to my chest she starts to sleep calmly again.
I am not sure what to do as at the moment either myself or my husband are up all night holding her. Is this normal?
Heidi's Answer: Hi Dawn,
I am thinking of a number of possibilities that could cause your little girl to be uncomfortable in her crib:
- her diaper, clothing and/or covers may be uncomfortable (too tight, too warm, ...)
- the mattress she is lying on may not be comfortable
- she may have digestive issues related to acid reflux
- she may have a nerve stuck in her spine which causes her pain when lying down
To help us pin it down more precisely, please add some more information (just post a comment below):
- Does she also seem uncomfortable when lying down during the day, when awake (e.g. playing)?
- Are you sure she is not awake when she does that squealing or crying? What happens if you put her down again as soon as she calms down?
- What happens if you wait a few moments before going to her?
- How are her naps?
- When has this started?
- How does she go down when first going to sleep? Awake? Asleep after feeding/holding?
This and any extra info you can think of will help us get a better idea of why it is happening.