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Sleep training baby with prenatal cocaine exposure
I am the foster mother to a baby girl, 8 months old who was prenatally exposed to cocaine. She slept scarily well for the first 6 months and has had some sleep regression since then.
For our other children, when they had the 6-9 month sleep regression, we let them cry some and they learned to sleep better on their own.
This baby absolutely freaks out if she is away from me. When she is with me, she is the most calm, easiest, happiest baby ever. When she is away from me, even if I let her cry for a minute, she throws up everything she has eaten and is shaking with rage when I come back.
To put her down to sleep now requires holding her to sleep for about 2 hours before she will allow me to put her in her room and then seh wakes up after about 3 or 4 hours requiring another 2 hours to go back to a sound sleep so I can put her down.
I read the baby sleep books but I don’t know how letting her cry would work. She really does freak out more than any baby I have ever seen. She scares away experienced babysitters. When we have had to leave her to go to court, she has cried with shaking for 4 hours straight. She cries through visits with her parents for the entire 2 hours so much that they don’t want to come anymore. It is so different from her normal happy self.
Has anyone had experiences with their baby exposed prenatally to cocaine freaking out like this? She will coo happily when she wakes up and doesn’t need us to come right away. She doesn’t need to be held during the day all the time as long as she can see me. She is just a demon at night and I don’t think leaving her to cry will work the same as for most other babies.
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