Sudden screaming

Amanda - posted on 03/14/2015 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Need some advice my 16 mth old daughter is a great sleeper. Always naps and goes to bed at 8:30. She will randomly wake up at first grunting then screaming. She's not crying it's screaming at the top of her lungs. I go in n she's laying on her belly I rub her back and she screams more, I talk to her she screams more and at that point is slamming her legs and head on the mattress. I pick her up to potentially wake her from what I thought was a night terror but she kicks n screams, I put her down she stomps n then throws her self on the floor thrashing and screaming repeatedly. If I try to give her a bottle or toy or blanket for comfort she smacks it. What is going on with my otherwise happy girl. Ty

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Amanda - posted on 03/14/2015

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The only medical thing she has is anemia but exerts no symptoms. But maybe there's something were missing. She perfectly happy the rest of the time and it's not every night that this happens so we will see. Ty for ur advice 😀

Amanda - posted on 03/14/2015

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It is usually 12-1 am ish that it happens so hours away from when she went to sleep. She def doesn't respond to us trying to comfort her and just as upset if we ignor her. Maybe if it happens again we will try doing nothing n see if it stops. Ty for your advice 😀

Rebekah - posted on 03/14/2015

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How long after she goes to sleep does she wake up and start screaming? If it is a night terror, it usually happens about an hour to ninety minutes or so after first falling asleep (it coordinates with the stages of sleep). My son had some rounds of night terrors...if it is that, it doesn't do much good to try to wake them--you have to wait it out, and just make sure she is safe and not inadvertently harming herself if she thrashes about. If you try to interact with her, she may get more agitated, so its best to let it run its course. It will pass. Read up on night terrors to see if her behaviors match the description.

If not, its always good to consult the pediatrician to rule out anything else.

Maria - posted on 03/14/2015

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Ask your doctor. Maybe there is a medical reason for her screaming. Good luck!

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