why is my 19 month old waking up screaming every night?

Stephanie - posted on 02/17/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I'm new to this so I don't know if i'm doing this right. My daughter is 19 months old, she goes to bed every night no problems at all, but around 2:30 and 3:30 every morning she wakes up crying and starts screaming more and more, i'll go over and comfort her and she's fine until I walk away, then she gets more hysterical and nothing I do will make her stop crying. I let her get a drink when she wakes up so I know she's not thirsty, she's not teething, she's got a full tummy for bed, so I don't know what it can be, she doesn't act scared like it's nightmares, she just acts like she wants to be up, and fights me even if I let her lay in bed with me and screams in my face. The doctor says she's just being spoiled but I don't know if that's true or what else it could be and due to living situations atm we share a room so it's not like I can just let her cry it out. This is starting to really wear me and her daddy down, I don't know what we can do, I need some help if anyone has some to offer.

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Stephanie - posted on 02/17/2012

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We do have a curtain to divide our bedrooms but it doesn't really seem to help, I did send daddy in last night and it did seem like when he said no she stopped but I'm not sure if it was because of him or coincidence. I'll have to try that next time too with daddy. I didn't think of the intolerance thing since she doesn't complain during the day but i'll definitely check into that. Thank you guys for the comments.

Gwen - posted on 02/17/2012

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Just saw that you share a room....hmmm...

Is there anyway to divide a section off with a curtain or something?

Gwen - posted on 02/17/2012

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My daughter was doing that around age 1 1/2, but she was having night terrors. Have you tried sending Daddy in at night? As a single parent, I've never had that option, but always wished there was someone else to call in for back-up: "I am up to my eyeballs with this! I am done. It's your turn. You go in there and take care of it."



When the "No" comes from Dad, for a change, most kids take it more seriously then when it comes from Mom. Also, if she's in your bed, screaming in your face, she needs to go back to her own room w/ the explanation that it is NOT okay.



Good luck! :)

Sarah - posted on 02/17/2012

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A friend of ours had a similar thing with their little one. It turns out he was dairy intolerant and it was causing him real pain during the night. Obviously this may not be the case here, but it might be worth considering.

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