Baby’s ‘mir­a­cle’ cure

CEN­TRE SOLVES SLEEP PUZ­ZLE

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Ngala -

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.”

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

David Cun­ning­ham with Luca.

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