Baby’s ‘miracle’ cure
CENTRE SOLVES SLEEP PUZZLE
DAVID Cunningham knows too well the effects a child who will not sleep can have on a family’s health and wellbeing.
Each day since his son Luca was born, Mr Cunningham’s wife would spend 12 hours a day just trying to get him to sleep.
“We tried all the settling techniques,” Mr Cunningham said.
“We would be standing over the cot for hours just trying to pat him to sleep.
“My wife would spend 12 hours a day just trying to settle him, which is a monumental ask for anyone. She is such a brilliant mother but everything she tried just didn’t work.”
Mr Cunningham said he would take Luca out in the pram for a walk for two hours each day just so his wife could rest.
“I would put him in the pram and walk him and he would scream for the whole two hours,” he said.
“When you walk with a screaming baby, people will stare at you like you are doing something wrong.
When Luca was three months old, Mr Cunningham and his wife visited Ngala after Luca would still not sleep one wink during the day.
“We spent a day with a nurse who observed us and within two feeds she knew what was wrong,” he said.
Mr Cunningham explained that there was no “let down” when his wife was breastfeeding Luca so while he was still feeding, he wasn't quite getting enough to keep him full.
“So I went out and got some formula and within 24 hours he was a different child,” he said.
“He was settled during the day and he was happy. It was simply a case of him not getting enough food, but we had no way of telling.”
Luca, now one year old, has been “absolutely perfect” since they went to Ngala.
“The change has been so significant, it’s like two different children,” Mr Cunningham said.
“It was like a miracle; he is totally content.”
“I felt like I was doing something wrong; people would look at me like I was mistreating my child.”
David Cunningham with Luca.