Very recently I recognised that my 9.5 month old little boy has RLS. I did plenty of research and viewed YouTube videos of babies with diagnosed RLS and he most definitely has it. He wakes up so many times a night, often in distress. He now sleeps with me on the bed (all done safely of course) so that I can keep him as settled as possible and try and get a little sleep myself. On bad nights he wakes well over ten times a night and spends half of it sleeping in my arms. He now also gets foot cramps some nights so I spend a fair amount of time rubbing his little feet to try and provide some comfort. I tried an Epsom salt bath but it didn't help.
I have had people hint/infer that he needs sleep training but I knew his restlessness wasn't as simple as that. This whole sleep training lark gets on my nerves - had I entered into it a few months ago and just let him cry I wouldn't have picked up his bad tummy due to allergies.
He is under paediatric care due to a cows milk allergy and we asked the paediatrician to contact us. She is great and when I explained that I am positive he has RLS she thankfully didn't question me. He has a blood test later this week to check things like calcium levels and I am truly hoping that it will be something as simple as this. My husband and my mother have RLS (I only suffered during pregnancy, which is how I first spotted his symptoms) so I suppose it could be primary. I'm just praying to him above that it isn't. My poor little boy!
On a selfish note, I am now dog tired and go back to work in just over two weeks and am genuinely worried how I am going to cope. I haven't mentioned this to them because I don't want them to get the wrong impression of him - that he is just sickly all the time, what with his allergies etc. My little boy will always come first though and I'm sure I'll find the strength from somewhere.