Adeana - posted on 05/29/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )
My 21 month old wakes up screaming several times a night, it's also becoming a joke to even make him go to sleep. When I first put him to sleep, he will refuse to sleep, try everything to keep himself awake even though his eye lids are so heavy, and just continue to play for at least 2 hours before he eventually falls asleep. I have a set routine which I have been using since the day he was born as well. Now the wake ups are getting that bad that I dread night times to come. He will wake up at least 5 (if not more) times a night and will sit upright screaming. I'm sure the neighbors can hear him lol. I'm finding it very hard to sooth him and make him go back to sleep. He has been having these wakings since he turned one but are becoming more and more intense. Some people have said that it's night terrors, I have looked up night terrors and I just don't know if my son could really be having that many a night? Plus when he sits upright, he will call out to me or sometimes even get out of bed. His bottle is his security as well which I know is bad but I have tried my hardest to exchange his bottle for a sippy cup and he won't have a bar of it. I have been seeing my GP every fortnight as I'm getting very run down myself and feeling like a walking zombie everyday. Although my son does go to day care which they have told me that he goes to sleep/bed by himself and sleeps with no issues there, hearing this makes me want to scream and rip my hair out as I have tried everything I can to sooth him to sleep and he won't have a bar of it, not sure if its cause he sees other kids asleep there so he knows it's sleep time. My GP also sent us to QE which is a sleep clinic where I have 24/7 nurse care to help me and guide me with what to do. It lasts 5 days and it was useless. They set the same routine that I use everyday since that day he was born, they tried to take away his bottles all together which made that worse at night and just wasn't any help, yes it was great to have that someone there to turn to but once I was out and back at home in his own environment, we went back to square one and if not worse. My GP won't give me anymore answers as he just keeps telling me that one day he will just grow out of this, but I can't continue on like this for another year or months. Can anyone give me some ideas, help or anything on where to go from here? I'm loosing it and becoming very frustrated at night.