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18-Month-Old Hasn't Slept Through The Night Since Birth

Posted: Feb 27, 2013 3:27 PM
Updated: Feb 28, 2013 12:25 PM

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When we talk about insomnia, it is usually something that plagues adults. We rarely read or hear about babies that never sleep or don't sleep for more than an hour or two, that is why this story is so unique. 18-month-old, Haley Rivera, has not slept an entire night since she was born. Her mother said she was desperate to find out why her daughter was having sleep issues.

"One night when she was maybe 2 weeks old, it was 3 o'clock in the morning, and she had not slept at all. What newborn doesn't sleep most of the day?" said Jennifer Stella. "I was so overwhelmed."

Stella said she heard her daughter snoring lougly and gasping for air. They found some help after visiting a pediatric pumonologist and sleep physician. At first she believed the problem was sleep apnea, which is an obstruction of the upper airway. However, ultimately the doctor believes that Haley is waking up because of a behavioral issue. The solution was to put multiple pacifiers in the bed so she can soothe herself back to sleep.

Did you have problems with your children sleeping? How long did you wait before your child slept through the night?

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