Toddler nightmares..or an anxiety issue?

Mommabird - posted on 07/20/2015 ( 3 moms have responded )

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One of our twins(22 months) has been waking up from naptime crying and sometimes screaming. She doesn't wake up crying in the mornings..just at naptime. I put both down for naps after lunch and they usually sleep 1.5 to 2.5 hours. No matter how long she naps she wakes up crying. I go in and she jumps up with wide eyes and cries louder till I get her out of bed. She looks scared and I thought it was a bad dream at first but wondered how it could be happening on a daily basis. What else could it be? Most of the time she stops crying and seems normal as soon as I get her out of bed and take her out of the room but now and then the crying persists until she's distracted by a snack or toy.

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Mommabird - posted on 07/22/2015

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I read the article on separation anxiety. I understand it normally happens when a parent leaves them with someone else but it doesn't explain why she only does it when she's just woken up from a nap. She doesn't ever cry when her biological mother drops her off...or when we drop her off there...or any other time we aren't in her sight. Only when she's woke up crying and then I leave her sight for a moment.

Children's Hospitals And Clinics Of - posted on 07/22/2015

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Hi, Mommabird. We have some material on separation anxiety and distress, as well as sleep, that may be helpful. The first link is on separation anxiety (http://bit.ly/1gOHh7k), and this is to a podcast episode of ours about sleep health for children (http://bit.ly/1gOHHuo). We wish you all the best in finding a solution to the naptime cries. Take care. — Jimmy, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Mommabird - posted on 07/20/2015

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Could it be separation anxiety?? In now wondering if that's what it is because I posted this and then got up to use the bathroom...walked by her as she was playing with a toy...but as soon as I got out of her sight she started crying. I turned around t go back and she was holding her breath then started crying again. I held out my finger and she grabbed it...followed me to the bathroom...then when she saw I was going into the bathroom she let go and just turned around to walk out. She was fine after that. If it is separation anxiety...how do you help them get over it? Besides telling them where your going at all times or taking them with you everytime you leave the room....?

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