baby waking up in the middle of the night screaming

Kristi - posted on 01/26/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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We went to the doctor today and no ear infection....but the last 2 nights have been really tough, he is waking up and screaming as though something is really wrong....i go in and rock him and he falls asleep but as soon as i lay him down, he starts screaming again.....we let him cry for 10 minutes at a time and he is not going back down...any suggestions?

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Amanda - posted on 01/27/2009

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I realize that, so I should not be complaining...sorry! I got spoiled =) I wonder if at 8 months they become smart enough to know that if they scream, mom or dad will come and comfort them, and who wouldn't want a nice warm snuggle in the middle of the night? can we blame them!!!

Donna - posted on 01/27/2009

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Quoting Amanda:

 ...very frustrating as she had been going 11 hrs all alone for months...



You... are... soo lucky!

Amanda - posted on 01/27/2009

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same problem here!! no teeth. I thought it was because she is moving all around now so she wanted to do that when she wakes but it seems that she wants us. very frustrating as she had been going 11 hrs all alone for months. hopefully it's a stage.

Donna - posted on 01/27/2009

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I realy have no advice, but I do want to say that my little guy has been doing the same thing these past few nights. Exactly as you posted it, he wakes up screaming, hyperventalating, and thrashing around. Once I get him calm enough, usually with rocking or a bottle, he is out cold again. Once I put him down, it all starts once more. I chalked it up to either bad dreams, or teething. My fella is getting more teeth, these past few days have been hellish with him. My only sugestion is just hang in there, it will pass and if you really feel there is something wrong, take him in to a doctor.

Alicia - posted on 01/27/2009

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Could it be teeth?  I know that is the answer to everything at this age, but it might be.  Sometimes we try Tylenol just for a night or 2 to see if it helps.  If not , then it probabl isn't teeth.



My son does this sometimes, too.  The cry is so severe adn dramatic.  Sometimes I think he has woken up and is just so dog-tired but can't get back to sleep.  I will never have a good answer to why he might be calm and almost asleep in my arms and then bursts into tears as soon as his head hits the crib, though. 



We tried "pick up/ put down" for a few nights and saw good results.  Basically, everytime he cried we went in, soothed him either by picking up or just patting head or tummy.  As soon as he was calm we put him down or stopped patting.  As soon as he started crying again (and sometimes it was instantly after we put him down), we soothed again.  Over and over and over!  I was skeptical but after 5-10 times of soothing, he'd be calm enough to fall back to sleep on his own.  We never had to do it more than 3 times/night.  After 4 nights we were no longer going in--he just woke, cried briefly and then went back to sleep.   This was mid-December.  Now we have regressed some, but I have also been slacking off and resorting to nursing out of fatigue instead of taking the time to soothe.



Good luck.

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