Screaming

Jessica - posted on 07/30/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Every morning my son will wake up and scream! I don't mean scream for mommy or scream for bottle. It sounds like an I'm really hurt badly scream. As far as I can see there is nothing wrong with him, he screams louder when I change his nappy or put him in his highchair for breakfast. If he is in bed with me he will only calm down if I give him a teddy or he can play with the curtains, If he is in his highchair he will only stop screaming if I give him some breakfast. Is there something I'm missing?

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Jessica - posted on 07/31/2009

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Hi Lee-Ann,

I will do that! I'm just seriously distressed over this cos if he is in pain I want to make it go away but he can't tell me atm.

Jessica - posted on 07/31/2009

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Thanx all! He is 8 months old. Up to date on all his vaccines and check ups. He only does this in the morning at roughly 6-7am. He used to wake between 7-8 so it's not much earlier than normal and it's light out. He sleeps through the night and is now put to bed at 9pm (used to be 7) I took him to the dr and she isn't worried, she said he is happy during the day and healthy otherwise. I've considered that it may be just an attention thing cos his dad will get him out of bed and we will lie under a blanket together but if one of us moves to go away he screams louder. He also quietens if he plays with the curtains or a teddy. I just can't bear to let him scream because it sounds as if he is in serious pain! I've considered teething aswell but he isn't showing any signs other than chewing on a teddy and the screaming. I just don't know what to do!

Lee-Ann - posted on 07/31/2009

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If he wakes around the same time each morning, (assuming he's in his own room) slip in there before he's due to wake and watchhim (out of his sight) to see what goes on. Is he still asleep while he screams, does he wake and try to look around first then scream, has he actually been awake for a while before screaming and is hungry, see if there are any clues. Check his bottom, is it red around his anus - you may need a good barrier cream for overnight. Best of luck, perhaps it is a phase thing.

Rhiannon - posted on 07/31/2009

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i had this problem at one stage with my eldest daughter and i have only just got her to stop doing that i found that she liked having a night light and if they can get out of there bed then they just get up and walk out, coz they freak when they first wake up

Preeti - posted on 07/31/2009

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My son is 8 mths +..even he screams and wakes up while he is in deep sleep.My mom says its common with kids and will be ok once he gets older .I have even noticed the changes in him as he is growing old this screaming has reduced

Crystal - posted on 07/31/2009

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or it very well could be that he is waking up and not sure where he is. I would definitely talk to your pediatrician either way.

Crystal - posted on 07/31/2009

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well from experience your child may not be saying mommy or bottle, but he is secretly training you to do give him things to "stop the screaming" you may want to ask your pediatrician a good method to kick him of that habit now, because the longer it goes on the more dependent he will become on screaming as a way to get your attention and get what he wants.

Shauna - posted on 07/31/2009

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My son just turned a yr old, and on occasion he willl wake up and scream bloody murder. Nothing ever seems to be wrong with him, the only thing i could think of was bc he was doing it at night, i thought maybe he is scared of the dark, or doesn't know where he is.. once he realizes im there and that he is okay he calms down.

Mari - posted on 07/31/2009

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my son wakes up screaming like that during the day or night and depend on were he slept and what time it is, different things calm him. If I struggle to get him to calm down I just undress him and check for any bite marks or red marks and that calms him too. Nurse can't tell me why he does is and she said it should stop as he gets older. All i can tell you is that you not the only one.

Mary - posted on 07/30/2009

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I don't know how to help you here. I have never heard of this but it dosen't mean it has not happened to other moms. First, how old is he? He is up to date on his vacines and baby check ups? He might just be really really hungry and have low blood sugar. I might mention it to your primary care physician, especially since it happens when he wakes up and is only comforted when he receives his breakfast.

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