My little guy is 8 months old and used to sleep through most nites....

Angela - posted on 12/22/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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now he wakes up almost every 2 hours screaming and it takes me about 5 mins. to settle him back to sleep, only to wake up 2 hrs. later, sometimes less, screaming again. I am not sure why this is....it has been going on for about a month now. Besides possible teething, which it does not seem to be, I wonder if it could be nite terrors??? Anyone have any thoughts on this or suggestions? I am exhausted, and feel so bad for him!

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Angela - posted on 12/26/2009

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I want to thank you all SO MUCH for the comments and advice! I am overhwelmed by the respnnses!!!! :)

Francesca - posted on 12/25/2009

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Hi there. I know you think that it seems not to be teething but I would bet that is exactly what it is. My daughter teethed like that for about 2 months before her first teeth came through. I know it's an absolute nightmare but unfortunately you may just have a bad teether. It may seem as though no teeth are coming but they kind of just pop up one day (sometimes with some runny and stinky poo). I found that my daughter would sleep really well two nights before they came through and then back to bad sleeping for a week or so and then back to good sleeping. Although at the 8 month mark is about when they start and it keeps going for a good couple of months until the first 6 are through.
Good luck with it all! Apply teething relief regularly (but only as directed of course!) and try to grab sleep when you can!

Erica - posted on 12/23/2009

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i really cant help ya on that...but my 10 month old does that also.. and like one of the other moms said a warm bath..i think that is starting to help my little man a bit..so good luck to u

Nikki - posted on 12/23/2009

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well he used to could sooth his self to sleep now he cant,but try a light put it by his bed .i no thet i have an 7 month old and he will not go to sleep unless it is pitch black in the room.you could also try to just let him try to shooth himself it is ok to do so as long as you no thet he is not in pain or something.see if he can cry hiself to sleep.dont let him cry forever.but give it 5-10 min.

Lea - posted on 12/23/2009

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That is the age my son's first teeth started breaking through. I'm almost positive thats what it is. I gave him tylenol when he was in this much pain.

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Lots of possibilities. My son did this for a couple of weeks and this coincided with him starting to crawl properly (he pullled himself around on his belly for the longest time) and learning to pull himself up. Sometimes milestones cause hiccups in the sleep pattern.



At 10 months he started waking again and we were baffled. Finally a friend (and a Mom of three) suggested we up his food intake during the day because he might not be eating enough to sustain him through the night any more. We did this and he went back to sleeping through the night without issue.



Recently (15 months) my son started waking up because he wanted his diaper changed (and generally he was really really soggy) so we switched to a more absorbent diaper for night time.



If you suspect a cold take him for a check up to rule out an ear infection.



Hope this helps.

Leanna - posted on 12/23/2009

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If there is not anything medically wrong I believe that we all wake up during the night and we train ourselves to go back to sleep. If you can handle it try to let him fall back to sleep on his own. My daughter did the same thing at the same age. I let her cry for a minute and then she would fall right back to sleep. The next night she didn't wake up at that time. It took a couple weeks but it was well worth it. She is 19 months now and sleeps like a dream. She wakes up in the night sometimes, but she always puts herself back to sleep unless there is a problem. He is using you to put himself back to sleep and that won't help him or you in the long wrong. I hope this helps you as much as it helped me.

Laurie - posted on 12/23/2009

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my son does that too, periodically. he was sleeping 12hours in his crib very nicely at bout 7 months, but when he isn't feeling good, or getting a tooth, or has gas or tummy pains, or has a stuffy nose... he is restless and gets up multiple times. all i can say is it will pass, and it will probably return, be patient. if its tummy pain or teething, propping him on a pillow can help him be more comfortable.

User - posted on 12/23/2009

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Oh, by the way, if it is teething, I used clove oil w/ my children and grandchild - works like a charm and is not chemical !! Just rub it directly on the gums, a tiny bit on your finger. Works well for adult toothaches also !!

User - posted on 12/23/2009

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Have you had him examined by a doctor ? You say that he's "screaming". You know the difference between one type of crying and another w/ your child; Does it sound like pain ? Is he eating somethimg "new" before bed ? Use the of process of elimination !! HAVE A DOCTOR SEE HIM IMMEDIATELY !!!! i REALLY HOPE THIS HELPS, poor little guy, I know your heart is breaking for him.

Meredith - posted on 12/23/2009

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I would take bets that it's teething. My little guy has been teething since 2 mos old, cut his first tooth just under 4 mos and is now 8 mos with 6 teeth already. Always, always, always, for two or three nights (sometimes even up to 2 weeks) before the tooth comes through, he does the exact same thing. I have tried the natural remedy Camilia and Ped Advil with MUCH success. I would definitely say it's teething - only because we've been going through it for six months straight now. Nights are always the worst time though, it seems, making it difficult for both you and baby to get a good night's sleep. Oh! And it also hurts him to eat from a bottle - the sucking action is too much for him. I put some baby orajel on his little gums and then he's able to eat again.

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just to be sure take him to the doc for a check up!

we just experience a similar thing with our daughter.
was the easiest going baby and slept really well til a week ago.
turns out she has a mild ear infection and a sore throat from a little cold she had.

it wont be teething if its just at night. teeth dont just suddenly decide to push at night time!

id try the doc first, then go from there! good luck... i know its not much fun!

Angela - posted on 12/22/2009

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Thank u guys all so much for your advice!!!! I think nite terrors got into my head because I was reading up on possible reasons and that was one lol

Leslie - posted on 12/22/2009

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My daughter did the same thing. I put a brighter night light in her room and she still woke at he night but didn't cry and would just settle back down to sleep with out haveing to go to her side. She would wake if she had a wet diaper and sometimes if she had gas she'd wake up crying. Night terrors don't normal happen this young, those he could be haveing dreams. you might want to have him check for allargys that might upset his stomic or make it hard for him to breath at night.

Tara - posted on 12/22/2009

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i agree. its probably just teething pains. and warm baths and a baby massage help alot.

Rhonda - posted on 12/22/2009

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My son has been doing similar. I think it's probably teething... he just got his first tooth last week and it seemed to settle him down. It happens all of a sudden. Also, it could be growing pains. warm bathes before bed might help. good luck!

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