Baby that wakes up screaming.

Tina - posted on 06/26/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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Any advise would be great. My daughter, who is almost 18 months, seems to be regressing when it comes to sleeping. She slept through the night very early. Now it seems like every night she wakes up screaming at the top of her lungs. Some nights she will go back down and some she will not. Last night she was up from about 3:00 to 5:00 am. I just gave up and turned the tv on, put her in the infant seat and laid down on the couch behind her. I have tried to let her cry it out for a little bit but she just cries too hard and I cannot stand to listen to her scream like that. She is also very moody, shall we say, during the day. Lots of tantrums when things do not go her way. It seems I am always telling her no or moving her off of some piece of furniture she has climbed on.

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Amanda - posted on 07/23/2016

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I was coping the similar issue. My LO had reflux and gas issues and used to scream all over the night. After trying gripe water, Zantac and Karo syrup, finally babies magic tea did help and soothed my LO.

Nelita - posted on 07/27/2009

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According to my paed it is night terrors!!!!! He gave me some meds to calm her for 5 days and my problem was gone.

Katie - posted on 07/21/2009

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she must be teething her back teeth mine would get like that at night time!! they have come through and hes back to normal... tantrums and telling her no all the time is normal.. mine is exactly the same they are exploring and testing our pacience !! its very stressful i do agree, sometimes i feel like shouting at little leo!! we say no so many times!! hope i helped.

Tania - posted on 07/21/2009

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I definately have had the same thing the last 6 months were the worst but i also counted and 8 eight teeth came thru during this time as well. so i think there's a link there. what i also suspected is that she was having tummy cramps, so i made lunch time her main meal and just gave her bland food at supper time but filling and started sleeping thru instantly. i also think they get moody cause they sleeping well at night. we also built her a sandpit and took her for walks during the day./ seemed to help.

hope it helps you too.

Felicia - posted on 07/20/2009

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I agree with everyone it could be nightmares it could be teething it could be anything. My son has been doing the same thing lately, but he kind of makes it obvious when his teeth hurt by rubbing his face/head and putting his hands in his mouth. I am trying not to use tylenol and motrin too much, but it does come in handy when you want to sleep through the night. The thought of nightmares has crossed my mind too when I'm not sure if he is in pain; I guess this will get easier as they learn to talk more and can tell us what woke them up in the wee hours. Good luck to all with your 18 month olds.

Laura - posted on 07/14/2009

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Sounds like nightmares or night terrors. My son, if overtired or stressed from travel or a schedule change, will wake up screaming bloody murder, and we can't wake him up. He'll flail and cry, doctor says its best to just leave him alone. Trying to wake him up can send him into shock, and touching him can stress him out more and cause it to last longer. It's only happened a few times, and its traumatic for me, but he's always perfectly happy the next morning. Researchers say they don't remember

Angela - posted on 07/09/2009

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I should have read my note before I posted it. But when Piper gets a good day time nap 1.5-2.5 hours then we don't hear a peep out of her all night 7pm-6isam.

Angela - posted on 07/09/2009

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I have finally figured this out today actually with my daughter. When she does not get a good nap during the day, then she is up at night...SCREAMING, and them up really early in the morning the next day (she likes 4 am) She has a twin sister, so we have to get to her before she wakes up the other one. But I think that with Piper it is the day time nap that is getting missed, so the nighttime is bad. We have been house shopping and so they have been getting "car naps" and this is some of our problem too.Good luck, all of these are good ideas and I have done them too and will do some of them.

Amanda - posted on 07/09/2009

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We tried Simon and Garfunkle greatest hits as our boy is getting ready for bed, and a humidifier. Both seem to work - and if he wakes up in the night crying we just put the cd on again, and lay him down. May work for you may not - particularly if there is a problem such as teething.

Maki - posted on 07/09/2009

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my son does the same, probably started 2 weeks ago. I just have researched on internet a little (today) and one of website was saying to try to make sure the room is not too cold or hot, do not give long hot bath (apparently short and just warm bath is better), give them enough activities to use their energy during the day so they can sleep deeply and try to keep same routine (time to put them in sleep) etc...I will try one of them tomorrow and hope it makes little better...

Valerie - posted on 07/06/2009

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Have you tried classical music, or nature sounds cds? That worked with mine.

Heather - posted on 07/03/2009

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My twins would wake up in the middle of the night also. I bought them a CD player. I put in a soothing classical CD on pretty soft. I start it before bed while Im changing the diapers and while I am tucking them in. So they now know that it is night night time. They lay down and close their eyes. Im not sure if they still wake up in the night, but they don't scream at all if they do. I think that the music soothes them and they know if the music is on, it is still night night time. Good luck.

Carrie - posted on 06/30/2009

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My son was doing that for a few weeks, and he was getting his eye teeth in. He has never had that much trouble with teething, but with those, it has been a pain. I gave him motrin before bed, and he started sleeping through the night again. Within a couple of days I say the sharp pointy end of his eye teeth

Tina - posted on 06/29/2009

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Her ears do not seem to be bothering her. They have always been clear at her appointments. I will ask about that though at her next visit. Thank you. I don't know. Maybe she is just going through a "terrible two" phase a little early. Hopefully she will grow out of it soon.

Misty - posted on 06/28/2009

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my son does that too he had tubes put in about 3 or 4 months ago and sometime i have to let them cry it out but somtimes it does not work at all and it could also be teething too my little one does the same thing about climbling and throws a fit its been hard at times sometimes i have to rock my to sleep to get him to calm down.

Crystal - posted on 06/27/2009

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I have a son who dose the same thing. Even putting in my bed most of the time dosen'T work he will talse and turn and fuss. But he also has a underlining problem with his ears. he had tubes put in last november an d one didn"T take and they belive that his adnoieds my be inflamed which also could be causeing the sleepless nights. Has your daughter been checked for any such issues.

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