Help! Sleep problems again!

Hillary - posted on 03/19/2010 ( 24 moms have responded )

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Abigael will be 2 in April. She has pretty much been a great sleeper her whole life - I mean, she started sleeping through the night @ 2 months old. This past January, she started waking up multiple times in the middle of the night and screaming for hours. She didn't want to be held, didn't want food or drink, just didn't want anything! Well we put a nightlight in her room and she started sleeping through the night again. Then, all of a sudden, she is screaming again. Last night she went down fine but woke up @ 11 and cried until 1 before finally falling asleep. My husband went in multiple times and it was the same thing, she didn't want anything except to be out of the crib. She tells us she wants all these things (more milk, diaper change, etc) but once she gets it, she is still screaming. I mean, she has literally cried herself hoarse and barely has a voice :-(. We used CIO when she was about 6 months old and it totally worked but nothing is helping now. I'm at my wits end! Nothing about our schedule has changed. My husband is going out of town Monday-Thursday on business and I don't know if I can handle her like this for 4 days straight with no relief!
Anyone else been through this? I need ideas!
PS - no ear infection, virus, or anything.

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Miranda - posted on 03/23/2010

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Do you think she is getting some of her back teeth in and needs some motrin to soothe?

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Sai - posted on 04/09/2010

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Sounds like night terrors. Two of my kids had it (one of which is currently going thru it) and it just takes so much out of you as a mom. It, however, does pass after some time and they go back to sleeping well. I can't suggest a remedy, it usually winds up with me or dh walking/rocking her back to sleep or her cuddling in our bed until she goes back to sleep. She too demands things like diaper change, milk, water, etc but will not calm even after getting it. It's been a matter of patience but I will be so glad when this part is over... again.

Mary-Ann - posted on 04/07/2010

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hey, I know what youre going through, I find more recently my 2 yr. old daughter has been waking up...also starting @ 11pm...shes mostly off and on till 2am, then shes up again around 4:30-5ish..altogether 3 - 6 times up crying and screaming :S Ive tried taking her in our bed, but it seemed to be even worse! I recently went to a health food store and bought some 'quietude' syrup for mild sleeping disorders. its safe and homeopathic. Hoping this will do the trick. With this syrup, you can only use it up to 10 days, and when (if) it works u need to stop using it. I was told to see a child specialist if this does not work.
does she have a special teddy bear and/or blanky?
My daughter also constantly asks for more milk and other things too....man its soo frustrating!!!
I hope you find a solution that works for your lil girl soon, so that you and your family can get some much needed rest!

Tracy - posted on 04/05/2010

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Mine woke up doing the same thing about 3 weeks ago, and it was the molars coming in too. Once I gave her teething tablets, read her another book while rocking in the recliner, she was able to go back to sleep. Ours isn't in her crib anymore and will climb out and want to be held. We've been exhausted too as it seems their tantrums increase with the lesser amount of sleep. Hang in there!

Hope - posted on 04/04/2010

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I would guess either night terrors, which my daughter has constantly, or her remaining teeth are coming in. We are dealing with both of these situations right now, I know it is frustrating, but I have found that if I rouse her just enough I can pick her up and rock in her glider to calm her down. We also started using her soother waterfall again. I then put her back in the crib and sit in the rocker myself until she starts drifting. Although, she still uses a pacifier, but only in her crib and only at night. She isn't allowed to have it any other time. I don't like to do it that way, but it's a million times better than the alternative! Good luck!

Rachel - posted on 04/01/2010

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havent really been through it that severely but this about the age they start night terrors some are worse then others. may suggest talking to the doctor um...has there been anything tramatic recently that she may have the same reaccuring nitemares and nothing can fix it

Kristin - posted on 03/31/2010

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This only happened with my son once when he was 22 months and it was quite scary. He did not want to be held and nothing made him happy. He screamed for twenty minutes in a rage until I took him outside on the porch. I think he was having a night terror. I read that if your child continues to wake at the same time every night and you believe its a night terror, wake your child before their expected wake time and then just rock them back to sleep. Good luck.

Lydia - posted on 03/30/2010

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my daughter does this when her teeth are growing and now is the moment for back teeth!

Stacey - posted on 03/30/2010

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must be the age....my little girl has been doing the same thing....waking up at 1 or 2 in the morning - only wanting held and then within 5 minutes I put her back in her bed and she sleeps til morning - frustrating but the past few nights have been better !!!

Tiffany - posted on 03/27/2010

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My son did that for a while and it was because he had double ear infections. Check with your doctor. If it is, infant motrin will do the trick.

Carol - posted on 03/27/2010

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Although I can't offer any real advice, my daughter is going through the same thing. I have been trying controlled crying, but had still been giving in to her demands for milk. Tonight I am going to try no more milk - I believe that I have been letting her get away with too much and she is just taking advantage of me! I'm going to go with that theory and try to be assertive in those wee hours as I listed to 2 hours of high-pitched screaming. There are only so many sleepless nights you can have while working full-time in a new job (I'm a single mum whose family lives on the other side of the world, so sleep is a luxury!)
Good luck to you all x

Heather - posted on 03/26/2010

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My daughter is going through the same thing. She'll be 2 in April. Last month, she started waking up in the middle of the night crying for water, milk, mama, dada, diaper, etc. The crying turns into screaming when we don't go into her room. When we do go in, she immediately cuddles up to us and wants to sleep with us - so obviously she doesn't really need anything. It takes at LEAST 30 minutes of screaming each time we go in, to get her to settle down. At a couple of times/night, that's a lot of lost sleep for everyone. We have a twin bed in her room, in addition to her crib, and she often wants to lay there instead of her crib. I would love to transition to the big girl bed, but she will only lay there if we're with her. We have tried CIO for a week now, but no luck. Worked like a charm within 3 days when she was younger. Do I keep trying the CIO, or give her the attention she wants and hope it's just a phase of her age?

Lynne - posted on 03/26/2010

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We also had the same problem. Our daughter would be awake for 2 hours every night sometimes sleeping with myself or my husband just so we would get rest. We put her in the toddler bed, showed her that she could get out if she needed us and she's been sleeping through the night since.

Jennifer - posted on 03/25/2010

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sounds very familiar to my daughter....must be the age. They are all of a sudden becoming kids instead of babies and their brains are working a mile a minute...My daughter goes non stop all day and then wakes up in the nights constantly, she may be OVER stimulated. I also agree with the molar thing. I am in the process of not allowing her to have any drinks in the night anymore, because she wakes up constantly asking for water and i believe it has become a habit. She is drinking so much that she is peeing her bed (with diapers on) 2-3 times a night, and its just too much laundry and must be uncomfortable for her...also another reason she is waking. So here I sit listening to her crying for water and I am not going to give in...I feel so bad, habits are created by parents (well, ones like this anyways) so its my fault and now she is suffering. I gotta break this now. Good luck with all of you!

Ramona - posted on 03/25/2010

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i wonder if your child suffers from night terrors??? I would ask the doctor about it.

Ana Rita - posted on 03/25/2010

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Hello Hillary! Sorry but no ideas... My baby will be 2 in April also, and she is having more or less the same problem for several months... She wakes up in the middle of the night and all that she wants is that I take her and go to sleep with her... I no longer know what is a good night of sleep. Once in a while she sleeps all night but unfortunately those nights are very rare! She has no health problems either...
Try to speak to a doctor, maybe he or she may help you!
Good luck! Don't give up, and don't despair!
Kisses,

Rita

Valerie - posted on 03/25/2010

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Hi, I'm suffering the same issue with my little one. I thought i would come on here to see if anyone else is suffering the same thing and I am happy I am not the only one so it gives me more of an idea of what to do to help my sweet little Giorgia to sleep and in turn for us to have a good night sleep again. Thanks for all the advise and ideas, i will try them and hope for them to work.

Rebecca - posted on 03/25/2010

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It sounds like night terrors to me. My daughter has had them a couple of times and it's sad but all you can do is reassure them, even though they're not really awake. I just pick my daughter up when it happens and cuddle her and talk to her reassuringly and eventually she wakes properly, carries on a bit longer then goes back to sleep. There are different tactics for night terrors but I'm not sure of the details - I'm sure google will give you answers if you just type in "night terrors" Bec :)

Justine - posted on 03/24/2010

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one thing i have been told is to look around the room with the lights off (keep the night light on or how ever she would wake up to her room) if there are weird shadows on the wall and they wake up to that... they wouldnt wanna go back to sleep. you know what i mean. i had to do it to my daughters room and actually have to take a look again after changing the room around. in my own theories i think that they could be having dreams now and not have any idea what is going on then waking up in their room like freaked out. i havent really looked in to it but hey we dream... ya know. the molars are possible but my daughter has been doing this too so i know how you feel. when she first started it i would be like ok you wanna be up lets go down stairs (living room aka where all the crappy toys are) we would seriously hit the last step and she would start crying agian... i would put her down wait a min and she would go right back up stairs and almost with out a problem go back to sleep. good luck keep us posted how things go!

Ivy - posted on 03/24/2010

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My son has gone through exactly the same things!! We had the whole night light thing awhile back too, and decided it must have been nightmares. He has now started doing what you describe - sort of tantrums in the middle of the night wanting to get up. It is a bit of a shock to the system. Last night it happened and we tried taking him to our bed and that didn't work either - he just kept screaming. He has been having lots of mouth pain from his 2yo molars moving around, so maybe that is waking him up. Your daughter might be having the same problem?? Plus, I think part of his problem is transitioning with his sleep to need less during the daytime, so his routines are a little out of whack (ie big sleep during day so doesn't sleep as well at night vs knackered through day and whingy but sleeps well). Can't seem to win at the moment either way... This, like all things, will pass though.:)

Liliana - posted on 03/23/2010

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I tink she have bad dream
Don't gif chocalate,soda,candy or sugar no sleep after 6pm until time to go on the bed
talk someting sweet we she before to sleep I tink this can help you guys

Britney - posted on 03/22/2010

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This happened with my daughter, and we finally figured out she was scared of the sound of a distant train whistle, she thought it was going to come to our house ... We just had to deal with it until we figured out to buy her a little Thomas train and she was fine from that night on... My son has been doing it lately, though not every night. I think with him it's that he's getting his two year molars. Toddlers go through a stage where their scared of things that we think are irrational, try to think of other things that could be scaring her, check her mouth to see if she's getting teeth and good luck!

Ana - posted on 03/22/2010

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when i started potty trainnig my son he started doing that and afters a few nites i realized he just wanted to pee and then go back to sleep are you potty trainnig?

Candice - posted on 03/20/2010

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my daughter does this occasionally. it's like they have insomnia or something..just wanna play in the middle of the night. I started pretending to sleep where she could see me. First few times she cried for 5 minutes, then laid down and went to sleep. then she just didn't cry anymore. within a week she was back to sleeping all night. try it...see if it helps. i think they think something fun is happening and they are missing it.

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