Mia - posted on 06/28/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )
Hi Everyone, I am new here and struggling as my son Leo whose 10 months old has huge temper tantrums at 2am or 3am every morning and only goes to bed at 11pm or later as he will throw more tantrums if he has to go to bed any earlier.
He has been walking since 8 months, has two teeth and yes I know he's teething yet there should be no reason for him screaming so that the entire street can hear (he's THAT loud) He doesn't have gas, colic, pain. To me (I am a Psychiatrist) he is having tantrums as he simply doesn't want to be in bed, yet he's tired.
We live in an apartment and can't just let him cry it out every morning and it's got to the stage where I am crying uncontrollably and can't even function the next day as I am on 3-4 hours of broken sleep a night with a tantrum that lasts 2 hours each day.
This is one of many tantrums in the day - they can range now over a toy being taken away, any item we have that he wants and he can't get and having to go into his pram - all end in a screaming fit where he goes blue in the face and starts scratching my face, his face or throws whatever is around at me.
He slept through as a newborn to a 5 month old, then since then he wakes up 2-3 times a night with these temper tantrums. Has anyone experienced this? Have you realised that there is or isn't anything to do to help this?
I know I am a good mother yet we all need rest and without it we can't function. It's 2am writing this so it's getting harder and harder each day.