HELP!! 2-yr old waking up crying every night

Rebecca - posted on 04/21/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Any ideas as to why my 2yr old wakes up every night crying/whining and tossing himself around? We haven't had troubles with him sleeping until just recently.

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Cathy - posted on 04/21/2009

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hi my son used to do the same thing it is like night terrors. my son would cry/scream and kick out and it would take a while to settle him. all i did was try and wake him properly which sometimes would take about half hour, give him a drink and a cuddle and then lie him back down in bed and he would be fine, he will grow out of it u just have to be patient my son has just turned 3 and doesnt really do it much anymore. my other son is 21 months and he also does it sometimes but not as bad.

Rebecca - posted on 04/21/2009

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Thank you for your help Melina and Cindy... very much appreciated! We were thinking it could be dreams. I like both of your suggestions. I have prayed and it seems to help at times. I haven't tried talk about it with him, i just figured the least amount of talking at night would help him to know that he needs to go to bed. But maybe i'll give it a try b4 putting him back down again.
Right now we do have family staying in his room and he is in our room so that could be contributing to it. Although it has happened when he was in his own room as well.
Today we are skipping the nap to see how he does sleeping at night. We will see! Thanks again!

Cindy - posted on 04/21/2009

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You don't need to pray, it's not the Devil's work. A belief in God will not help him.

My Eldest is doing the same thing. He is having nightmares. This started at the age of 2. When this happens I get up with him, we sit down and we talk about his dream. Sometimes it is "A squirel was chasing me." other times it about a toy, or some other thing. I never Laugh even though sometimes it is so funny. After we talk, I have him go potty, then I will get him a drink of milk and tuck him back into bed with a big kiss and an "I love you."
Cam hates being alone, but he needs to learn he is very safe and both of us parents will always be there for him, just not in his room. He will out grow his need to have one of us there soon. Right now he just needs to know we are near by.

So be patient. Be loving. And know it's normal.

You can try to always read Happy stories just before bedtime, and tell him to think happy thoughts. And discuss the next days fun activities the family is going to do.

Good luck.

Melinda - posted on 04/21/2009

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Mine do the same thing at times and they are 3 and 4yrs. of age! My oldest-I think she does it because she is an overly dramatic child and then our 3yr. old-he plays on her fears and then gets spooked himself when he thinks about it! Could be bad dreams... My suggestion would be to pray over him at night and w/him... Also, has there been any changes to his diet, changes in the hours you or his father may be working? , etc, etc....A number of things can set off a toddler, but you will get through it! He will get sleep-it is just a bumpy ride at times!!

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