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Old 07-25-2008, 11:24 PM   #1
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Hi all, i'm pretty new here. Hope you don't mind me jumping in...

My DS is 8 1/2 months, and we still BF every 3-4 hours. Throughout the last month, I have noticed his soft spot being sunk in at random times throughout the day and night. He still typically wakes up at least 3 times at night but thats another story, we have tried everything to get him to sleep better....

Anyways, I know that a sunken soft spot is a sign of dehydration, yet he nurses quite often, and I know he is getting milk because I pump sometimes. I also will give him 3-4 ounces of water during the day in his sippy.

Could there be something else causing it other than dehydration? I really don't see how he can be dehydrated with as much as he is nursing/drinking. I guess i'm just throwing this out there to see if anyone has any ideas. Think I should call my ped.?

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Old 07-25-2008, 11:28 PM   #2
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It's hot, I give my baby tiny sips of water and he's actually nursing more now so it's working GL mama
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The soft spot will sink in different positions. Sitting in a seat or car seat is when I noticed it the most.

I would def. keep an eye on it though. And little sips of water wont hurt either.

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DOes he have good urine output?

When are you noticing it? When he's laying down, sitting up? etc...

link to when to give EBF babes water
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DOes he have good urine output?

When are you noticing it? When he's laying down, sitting up? etc...

link to when to give EBF babes water
and as I always say when mama's truly worried a call to the pedi is why we pay them
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DOes he have good urine output?

When are you noticing it? When he's laying down, sitting up? etc...

link to when to give EBF babes water
and as I always say when mama's truly worried a call to the pedi is why we pay them
Yes, oh my gosh, he's a super soaker, lol! I'll go check out the link now, thanks. I guess I just think its weird....I notice it alot when he wakes up in the middle of the night. Also towards the late afternoon when he has been playing alot.

I have just heard that babies his age don't NEED a feeding in the middle of the night, but if that was true for him, then I wouldn't notice it being sunken then right? I hope i'm making sense!
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This happened to us alot with my dd but she had pretty bad reflux. I just gave her some liquids or nursed her and it popped back out within a few minutes.
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to answer your question about nighttime nursing--many older babies (and toddlers too) DO need to nurse at night. it is not at all abnormal. niether of my children were totally nightweaned until after their 2nd birthdays.

about the soft spot--yes, it is one of many signs of dehydration. but you mentioned lots of wet diapers, and if his skin is still supple and smooth (doesn't stay pinched) and he seems happy, alert, content, and meeting milestones, i would think dehydration is very unlikely.
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We worried about the same thing with dc #3. ped said it will do that in different positions especially laying down.

and hey not one of my 3 babies slept all night before 15 months.
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