Angie - posted on 04/04/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )
Since being scared by a spider in her room at bed time last week, my 4 year old will not go to sleep by herself or stay asleep during the night. I try over and over to put her to bed alone, she chases me out of her room screaming and gets so upset, she hyperventilates and almost throws up. Once I get her to sleep, by sitting on her bed or standing in her bedroom, she wakes up 4-6 times a night screaming "mommy!". She won't get out of her bed, she just lays there and screams for me. So I go in her room and stand there until she falls asleep again. If I sneak out too soon, she starts screaming and crying, then it's harder to get her back to sleep. I've tried "positive reinforcements" such as if you go to sleep alone and don't have mommy stay in your room, I'll pick you up from daycare early and we'll go get ice cream and go to the park....didn't work. She was sleeping through the night, and going to sleep herself prior to the spider incident. We've cleaned her room out and "sprayed" (water) for spider spray. She says she isn't scared of the spider now, she is just scared period. I am exhausted from only getting 3-4 hours of sleep a night as I am sure she has to be and she doesn't nap anymore at daycare. I've even used "Mars Needs Moms" to try to over come this, but nothing seems to be working......HELP!!!