The waking up of a baby in the middle of the night is a common phenomenon as long as it’s not a daily affair. The reason behind this might be early sleeping or some disturbance that made the baby wake up. However, there are some serious health issues, that might make your child wake up in the middle of the night. As the baby starts to grow up and reaches an age of 6 months, he starts feeling anxious. The feeling of being separated from the mother is one reason why baby feels anxious. Thus, we need to find out the reasons why does the baby wake up suddenly in the middle of the night. (Also read: What is the right time to cut the umbilical cord in baby)
Here are some of the reasons why the baby wakes up in the middle of the night:
Some serious illness: If your baby normally sleeps otherwise and all of a sudden started waking up in the middle of night and cribbing. It may suggest some serious health issue. You need to visit your doctor for the check up of the baby before the condition becomes very grave. Fever, throat infection, stomachache could be the probable reasons for the discomfort of the baby.
Not getting enough sleep: If the baby has no fixed sleep patterns, then he will not be able to sleep properly at night. Sleep patterns include the fixed time of sleeping and waking up. Hence, the mother should ensure that the baby should go to bed in the daytime as well so that he can sleep peacefully at night. It may be contradicting but babies need a fixed sleep pattern. (Also read: Why is it important for the baby to take a burp)
Don’t be too active baby if he wakes up: While the baby wakes up in the middle of a night, don’t be super active and playful with him. Be calm so that the baby goes back to sleep himself. Sometimes the baby wakes up due to some sudden disturbing thoughts, and he needs assurance that everything is alright and it’s safe to go back to sleep.
Need a routine: Babies need some time to develop a sleep routine. It might take two to three weeks for the baby to come back into a routine once it is disturbed. Sometimes, they are hungry and that hunger keeps them awake all through the night.
These all are minor issues that are easy to resolve. But do not procrastinate and deal with them as soon as possible. Lack of sleep makes the baby irritable and difficult to handle. (Also read: What are the causes of constipation in newborn and how it can be treated)