My 18 month old keeps waking up at1 am screaming and not going back to sleep til around4 am. Any ideas?

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Lindy - posted on 01/27/2009

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Consistancy is the key! My husbands a big push over and would let our daughter come to our bed during her midnight episodes but  i put my foot down and slowly transitioned by comforting her when she started crying then every 5 minutes and leaving back to bed, to waiting 10, 15, and finally 30 minutes.  She would finally fall asleep and with in a weeks time she stopped altogether. As i told my husband she knows we love her and will be there when she needs us but also needs the consistency to know when its time to sleep and when its time to be awake.

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Sara - posted on 06/12/2014

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I know this is an old post but my 18 month old is doing exactly the SAME. waking up around 12:30 and 1:00 and then at 4:00. How was this resolved for you guys plsss help.

Lisa - posted on 01/30/2009

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You might want to go to the Parents Connect website - They are having a sleep boot camp with Dr. Weissbluth.  You can ask him what you are going through and maybe he can help.  My son used to go to his practice in Chicago, he has many books on sleep issues.

Alexandra - posted on 01/27/2009

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well all i can say is lie her down in bed with u, my son did the same this but when he would realized he was in bed with me he would stop, talk softly to her, it should work it might be night terrors.

Cassie - posted on 01/23/2009

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My son did the same thing only his screaming only lasted about an hour. The first night he did this I went to him and held him and he continued to scream. Around the third night he did the same thing and rather than go soothe him, I chose to let him scream it out -- this time the scream only lasted a minute or two at the most so it was bearable.



I called a friend who is a nurse in peds/neonatal unit at the hospital and she suggested that he may have an ear infection. Before I could make an appointment, my son's teacher at school mentioned that he screamed out during his afternoon nap. She suggested it was dreams. So the appointment showed no ear infection and what the doctor suggested was poor sleep or teething. He suggested giving my son tylenol or motrin before bed. This did work and he is back to sleeping 11-12 hours through the night.

Tracy - posted on 01/22/2009

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My son did this for the last few weeks, too. And once he was awake he wouldn't fall asleep for 4 or 5 hours (and sometimes longer, but I think it was because he was TOO TIRED!) I tried skipping naps, and I even tried keeping him up all night one night and NOTHING worked. (We tried every thing suggested on here!) I was beyond exhausted, too, since I couldn't just leave him alone so I had to be awake when he was.... finally my husband had to take the afternoon off so I could sleep AND we read through the What to Expect 'Toddler'. For various reasons this is very, very common during this age. (The topic is located in the 18 month old chapter!)

We have only been back to "normal" for a week, but our doctor suggested a quarter dose of Benadryl and that has been our saving grace. (In fact, he is so much happier now because his schedule is back to normal and he is getting plenty of rest!).....

Janel - posted on 01/22/2009

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I have heard this can be night terrors. My ped said night terrors can be triggered by a lack of sleep, so it seems paradoxical but don't cut out the afternoon nap in fact maybe try two naps or going to bed earlier. My daughter gets a very long nap and sometimes two naps on the weekends. Plus she sleeps 10-12 hours a night. Maybe your child is not getting enough sleep? Just something to think about. Every child is different.

Melissa - posted on 01/21/2009

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My son is 19 months and recently went through this wonderful phase as well. Every time he woke up screaming I would put him down and let him "show" me what he needed and he would always go straight to the fridge/pantry. So I started giving him something solid to eat right before bed and he has slept through the night ever since. I think he was going through a growth spurt and woke up hungry in the middle of night, poor guy. I hope this helps. Good luck.

Kimberly - posted on 01/15/2009

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Hi Emma, When she wakes up, are you always the one to go to her? I found that my daughter at about 14 months was doing something similar - out of the blue. If I went in to resettle her, she would want something to drink (which I would accommodate her) and then when she was done and I would rock with her for a few minutes and then lay her down and leave her room, she would be right back up yelling for me within 5 minutes. BUT, if I sent my husband in to resettle her, she would go back to sleep for him. So, if you can (and haven't yet tried) have someone else greet her and try to get her back to sleep.

Dena - posted on 01/14/2009

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how is she when she wakes up? with haylee if i can throw her in bed with me and she'll lay there and toss and turn and poke and kiss me and she'll act tired but she wont go t bed. she isnt crabby unless i put her back in her crib. a couple of times she was just fighting falling asleep so bad and i was so desperate that i threw her snowsuit on and drove around and i didnt even get around the corner of the block and she was out cold.

Emma - posted on 01/14/2009

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This is every night, I have stopped her afternoon nap today to see if that makes a difference.

Dena - posted on 01/14/2009

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my daughter does that probably once a week as well! i have no idea why, i've heard anything from nightmare to being scared of the dark.

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