HELP ! Babies scary sleep habits....

Stephanie - posted on 09/25/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 7 months 1 week and she's just started doing the strangest and scariest things in her sleep. First of all, my baby was going to bed easily for the longest time...probably since 2 1/2-3 months all I had to do was rock her for a minute flat and put her in her crib (still awake) and she'd fall asleep on her own. As much as I loved rocking her she started to hate it! She likes to have room to roll around a little, but NOW for about a week 1/2 things changed and quick! All of a sudden she HAS to be rocked. If I lay her in her crib she does NOTHING but crawl around and scream....I hate leaving her there and hearing her scream :( Before if she was having a tough night falling asleep, she'd whine for a bit and then cry and I'd go in and pat her on her bottom and she'd fall asleep. Now she goes DIRECTLY to screaming and NOTHING helps until I take her out of her crib and rock her. BUT NOW....that's not even really working? She's started rolling around in my arms, won't get comfortable....and as soon as she stops and closes her eyes and you think she's falling asleep she will stretch out and scrunch up and cry out like she's in pain???? I wake her up and check her mouth (she has 0 teeth) and I rub her tummy and things like that....but there's never anything I can figure is wrong? When I can finally get her to calm down and go to sleep, she'll be sleeping in her crib and all of a sudden I'll hear such a scary scream on the monitor it FREAKS ME OUT...I'll run into her room and she's still asleep rolling around vigorously and making painful faces, I have NO idea what to do? As soon as I wake her she's fine???? What can it be? It's really scary! I've seen babies having seizures and it doesn't look anything like that....she's rolling around/tossing and turning, but REALLY fast. She looks like she's in pain and it kills me I don't know how to help!!?? I know about night terrors and things like that, but a 7 month old having them???? ANY ADVICE IS APPRECIATED!!! THANKS!!!!

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Rachel - posted on 09/28/2009

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you need to take her to her peditricitian just to make sure that its nothing medically wrong but it sounds like shes hungry or just having bad dreams. my daughter is going to be a year old tomorrow and she still does that. hope this helps rachel

Cassandra - posted on 09/28/2009

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Just cause you don't see any teeth doens't mean they aren't there. They have to push their way through all the gum. You can still try to put on some Orajel and see if it makes a difference. She is at that age.

My son had bad Gas. Mylicon worked better for me than Little Tummies. You can tell if her tummy is tight.

Once in a while my son had thrashing episoded but not often.If often than thats a Dr. visit.

Colic can be a reason, give her Chamomile tea to soothe her tummy. I rocked my baby face down on my arm , where his head is up at the elbow. Kinda like holding a football. He loved that position and it was easy to lay him down after that. It also helped his gas and colic.

I tried using devices that had womb noises to keep him calm or any type of white noise. She could be growing too. Growth pains. If it was all of a sudden.

Just stay calm with her when she thrashing around, your energy and mood affect her too.

Stephanie - posted on 09/26/2009

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THANKS EVERYONE!!! I will definitley take everyones advice to heart, but it was nice to wake up this morning and find that she FINALLY has her first tooth pokeing through :) SOOO, I'm thinking MAYBE that was part of all this mess? That she may have ear infections from the teething, PLUS the pain teething causes on its own...BUT I would also like to check out the indigestion some of you suggested. What are some mild foods I can feed her for dinner? She's eating about two "jars" of baby food for dinner, plus about 4oz of juice, and then she get's a bedtime bottle right after her bedtime story and then I lay her down. I started making my own babyfood about a month ago, and I wonder if that has anything to do with this problem??? THANKS AGAIN! I will be making an appointment to see her doc on Monday to check and see if she has any ear infections or anything else :)

Betty - posted on 09/26/2009

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I agree with the moms who say it's probably gas or indigestion and it's probably more painful while she is laying down. Try feeding her something really mild after about 4pm. She might be having bad dreams because she is so uncomfortable. Give her some gas drops.

Rosa - posted on 09/26/2009

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Of course ask you Dr. But it could be gas too. I used baby gas-x cant remember the name of it.. My son was doing the same thing I gave it to him almost everyday...No more crying and screaming and he started sleeping better. Gas pain fo a baby can be very painful but they are not able to tell you what is wrong.

Allie - posted on 09/25/2009

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Based on her age, I would probably say separation anxiety. Always ask her pediatrician if you feel the need.

Heather - posted on 09/25/2009

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I would definitely take her to her doctor just to make sure she is not in any pain. Also they might know how to help you with this and give you some tips on how to fix it

Jenny - posted on 09/25/2009

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Go to the Dr to rule out any conditions like and ear infection or heartburn to be on the safe side. I had to switch my baby's formula twice until we discovered he was intolerant to dairy. Also your baby might be starting to have separation anxiety or just might be developing a strong personality. My baby will fall alseep very easily some nights and other nights will fight and throw his tantrum. all in all, you know your baby better than anybody else does so if you have a hunch go with it and trust your instincts. hope this helps. - Jen

Jazmin - posted on 09/25/2009

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I would ask her pediatrician Yesterday i got something similar: my baby was on my bed, i was talking with my boyfriend and suddenly she started to cry like she was in pain or something like that; we got scared, i looked around, i looked undernead her clothes but nothing....there was nothing! My boyfriend said that happened before (i was taking a shower and he was alone with her)

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