my baby wakes up scared

Judith - posted on 10/14/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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my 5th month seems to wake up scared everytime he wakes up what can be causing this and what can i do to help him not be scared when he wakes up...it makes for a long night.

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My son did that just after he was born until he was 3 months old and it scared the poop out of me. We think it might have been night terrors but it could be gas... We put Garrett on some of the gas drops and he seemed to do much better.

Judith - posted on 10/24/2009

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he has acid reflux meds and he is on soy formula and still does it

Judith - posted on 10/20/2009

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i just want to thank everyone for the there suggests i will try everything to get him to sleep and not wake up scared..so keep the suggests coming

Kristen - posted on 10/18/2009

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I'm sure my daughter had night terrors for a few weeks too. Have you tried having a fun, play time in his cot so that he feels happy and comfortable in there? I agree that it may be a physical thing too, such as teething or reflux. I'm sure it will pass, all things seem to. Good luck.

Lauren - posted on 10/16/2009

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I no how you feel my daughter has been doing this for about a month she is 5months old. Nearly every time she wakes up she screams like shes scared or hurt. It does scare me half to death especially in the middle of the night!! I don't really have any useful advice sorry! All I do as soon as she screams is pick her up and let her no im there she usually calms down in a minute or two. I'm not sure why she does it but I have a feeling something has woken her up, whether it be a noise, a light or jumping in her sleep. Hopefully in a few months she will grow out of it but at the moment i'm getting some good excercise during the day running up the stairs when she wakes up after her naps! I hope your son grows out of it soon too good luck X

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Amna - posted on 09/04/2012

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try talking to your baby while he does so.........coz obviously he recognises your voice. put a light pillow or something on his legs when he goes to sleep n also around him if its not too hot that would make him more safer

Elise - posted on 11/01/2009

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every time something 'traumatic' or scary happens to my five month old son he seems to have nightmares where he whimpers in his sleep and then full on screms like he's scared for his life. last week i left him onh my ned surrounded by pillows for five seconds while i went and got a drink and he had rolled off the bed and somehow ended up stuck under my bed! i had to crawl under there witha torch to get him. he's been having night terrors every since. perhaps somehting scary happened to your baby and he's having nightmares? thats the only thing i can suggest.

Heather - posted on 10/26/2009

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My daughter did that (and still does occassionally) - she's 3 1/2. My five month old did it for a while. Both have acid reflux. Zantac has worked with my son. We had to go to prilosec for my daughter because the Zantac wasn't strong enough. Both have had to be on hypoallergenic formula.

Demika - posted on 10/24/2009

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my son was doing the same thing. the doctor said it was acid reflux. I change his formula to soy and he stopped

Judith - posted on 10/24/2009

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he sleeps in the same room as i do..and right now he won't sleep in his crib so he lays on the side of the bed where i don't sleep and seems to sleep a lot better there but still wakes up scared..i know he doesn't need to sleep in my bed its just what is working at the moment so we both can sleep or we both will be up every 10 mins.

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hey- my baby appeared to be waking up "scared" every now and then when she was younger and it was terrible. but i quickly learnt her particular "scared" cry was serious wind pain and I could burp her and she would go back to sleep not long after- just try to get to your bub quickly so they don't wake themselves up too much. (I breastfeed, so i don't know about switching formulas.) is he sleeping in your room?

Christina - posted on 10/17/2009

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Believe it or not your baby may be experiencing night terrors. My son did it all away up till he was 3 months old he is now 5 months an luckily it hasn't happen in awhile I used to feel so bad cause the type of cry he dis was so sad an it was hard to calm him down. Is your baby crying with there eyes closed? Cause my son also did that I kinda had to wake him up from his sleep.

Jessica - posted on 10/15/2009

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My son did this around 4 months when he woke up anytime if we weren't near him he would just scream. It scared me half to death every time he did, it almost seemed as if he was having a bad dream because he would whimper in his sleep before he woke up... I'll never know for sure but thankfully he stopped doing it after a couple of weeks. Maybe it's just a thing some babies go through? Hopefully your baby will grow out of it too.

Jules - posted on 10/15/2009

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It could be as simple as a shadow on the wall, Or a toy that your baby can see. Nick hated this monkey that I had on the shelf next to his basinet, It took me ages to figure out why he was waking up like that, When I finaly did, I took the monkey down n now he wakes up happy. Maria has a good point to. Acid reflux is a nasty thing for a baby to have. Nick had that too. I changed to Karicare AR. N he has been good ever since. I stay away from S26, It made my first two kids constipated n they ended up with colic.

MARIA - posted on 10/14/2009

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A FRIEND OF MINES BABY GIRL WAS WAKING UP AND APPEARED TO BE SCARED AFTER SLEEPING FOR A WHILE AND WHAT IT ACTUALLY WAS WAS ACID REFLUX DISTURBING THE BABY'S SLEEP. SHE HAD TO SWITCH FORMULAS. NOW SHE IS FINE. IT MIGHT BE SOMETHING TO CONSIDER.

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