16month old waking up screaming for hours on end

Meghan - posted on 09/16/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I am new at this so forgive me. My son is 16months old , recently has been sick but these past 2 month he has waken up at 1a screaming and crying hysterically until about 5a. Yes it goes on that long sometimes. He use to be one that ate everything in front of him then he became very picky about what he ate and now he will barly eat and maybe drink a think of juice and thats it. I am really worried about him. When he wakes up he seems hes awake he hears my talking to him , he reaches for me. It is almost as if he is in pain. We found out recently he has had two sever ear infections and they have started to get better. Im not sure what to do anymore. They only routine that has changed is his father travels for work and his barely home. If any one has any advise please help. I know hes had night terrors where he doesnt response but when he responses it worries more even more.



Also his doctors know about him not eatting and they said its Normal . well forgive me but right now its going on 5 days of little food and little drinking and I am a wreck I dont think this is normal. He is being seen by a specialist for diabetes in October.

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Tina - posted on 09/19/2012

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My son did the same thing. When he was younger he would eat anything you put in front of him. Then he became picky. He had an ear infection not long ago which really knocked him around because up until then he's never been sick. He refused to eat and sleep would scream. I tried everything to calm him and so fourth. Unfortunately when they get sick like that it is normal for them to refuse food. I understand how scary it is. My doctor would say the same. Don't worry if he's not eating just keep up his fluids which was also difficult.



Just offer him fluid when ever you can if he wakes up at all hours offer him a drink then. Maybe some panadole or what ever pain relief your doctor suggests. Try not to get any fluid in his ears though. When you bath him maybe just use a face washer or something to clean his hair and try to keep anything from getting in his ears as much as you can. Give him a back rub. I do I give my kids a back rub leg rub just to help them relax a bit since there's probably growing pains on top of everything



Good luck

Cat - posted on 09/18/2012

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This sounds scary and miserable. The best advice I can give you is to go with your gut instinct. While it is normal for children to fluctuate between eating and drinking to excess and totally loosing interest in it (especially when they are sick) this seems like something else might be going on. If you think and feel he is in pain, he most likely is. Follow what your instinct as a mother says to you. I would seek a second opinion, several in fact, until I got an answer. Good luck!

Meghan - posted on 09/17/2012

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Hes starting to drink a little more water and juice now from a straw; his molars i think are coming in on top of this sever ear infection that has taken 4 different antibotics to help it clear it and it hasnt as of yet and he is starting to get a rep infection as well. he gets sick very easily .

Sarah - posted on 09/16/2012

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I would get a second opinion. It is normal for kids to go through a stage of not eating that much. It is important that your son is drinking so he stays hydrated. So I can't believe that a doctor would say that is normal. My kids doctor told me to make sure they are drinking. It can be very tiring have a child that won't sleep and even worse if they are crying a lot. My third child didn't sleep very well for the first three months and it was awful. We actually changed formulas a couple different times and then I ended up giving her cereal and after that she slept better. But if I were in your situation I would get a second opinion just to be safe. Good Luck!

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