Wakes Screaming Bloody Murder all of a Sudden

Stacy - posted on 01/26/2011 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My son is 21 months old and has slept through the night for a while now. His typical schedule is going to bed at 8:30-9ish pm and waking up at 9:30-10ish am. I know that I have been super lucky and have anticipated that he would soon start to wake earlier. I didn't anticipate what has been going on now though. Up until New Years, he was only getting a bottle to go down for a nap and go to bed. As of New Years Eve, he was completely off the bottle and doing really well. He would only cry for 5-10 minutes and then fall asleep. Two weeks ago he got a stomach virus and was throwing up from 10pm-3am. He felt better and was back to normal after 2 days, but his sleep routine was all messed up. He now screams bloody murder when I put him down for nap / bedtime and this lasts 30-45 minutes (sometimes longer). Then he'll wake at 11:30/midnight screaming bloody murder. This has become like clockwork. I go in to calm him down, but as soon as I try to leave he starts screaming again. I rub his back a little more and then let him cry it out till he falls back to sleep. Now he's been doing all this in addition to waking at 5, 6, and/or 7am. I can understand him waking at 7am if he didn't already wake at 5am and 6am. I thought it may be because he wasn't eating very good during the day, but he's doing this even when he eats well. Could he be teething, is it night terrors, is this just typical for a 21 month old??? I wish he could tell me what is up but he's not there yet. I am trying to interview for jobs and plan on starting work again (since I was laid off in November) and this will be a nightmare. I also planned on transitioning his bed to the toddler bed, but now I'm not so sure it's the right time to do so. Please help me.

Sleepless in Orlando,
Stacy

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Trisha - posted on 02/08/2011

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Sorry to here that, but the way it sounds i dont think its night terrors scenes night terrors the really never really wake up my 14 month old dose it and his father dose and did alot as a kid as well. i could be wrong but i would highly dought it. but for the waking up i know its hard i have been dealing with the same thing sorta but when he wakes up try not to go back in the room try to stay at the door and reassure from there that its ok to go back to bed rather then rubbing the back otherwise you will be stuck doing that every time. it is ok to let him cry a while i do. i hope this helps a little and i hope more write to you.
also sleepless in mn.

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