my 18 month old daughter screams all night, how can i help her sleep?

Kim - posted on 06/09/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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my daughter has never slept through the night, and screams most nights for at least 4 hours in a row, im lost for what to try as i feel ive tried everything, shes in a big girl bed as she was hurting her self on her cot.

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Kim - posted on 06/11/2009

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thanks for the advise guys, yea she goes to bed with a sippy cup of warm milk and i always read her a story before bed, she was diagnosed with g.o.r.d, (reflux) and was on medication untill she was 1, she does respond when i try to settle, change her and get her more milk, but as soon as i leave the soom she gets even more distressed, i would take her to the docs but i feel im just seen as a pinicky first time mum and am not listened to.

Erica - posted on 06/11/2009

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i would also take her to the doctor to make sure she doesnt have and ear infection too

Erica - posted on 06/11/2009

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we had the same problem with my older son, where he didnt want to take a nap and he would wake screaming at night, we tryied the cry out method for a week but like your daughter he was stubborn and cried for 3 hours straight until i comforted him, the best thing to do is go in and hold her calm her down then tell her its bed time and put her in bed, dont talk to her, if you do she get what she wants, I would go get my son a bottle of milk change his diaper all while not talking to him at all then tell him good night and put him to sleep it seemed to work, i know he would wake up b.c he wold wet through most of the time

Guggie - posted on 06/10/2009

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can you give more information? although it is normal for most infants and young toddlers to wake throughout the night due to brain wave patterns and sleep patterns, it is not normal for them to scream. she is older than the typical period for colic. has she been diagnosed with any food allergies? have you done a sleep test to rule out sleep disorders such as night terrors? does she respond to you when you try to verbally and physically comfort her or does she stare ahead/not see you?

once you rule out any physical issues such as allergies or other conditions and you still can't find an answer i would seriously consider a child psychologist as this can sometimes be a symptom of molestation.

Kimberly - posted on 06/10/2009

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Does she get a bottle, or sippy cup at night? I know that when i was babysitting little ones at night they would get a bottle in the case of one little girl and we would hold her for a little while and then put her to bed but if she was fussy and crying then we would just sit on her bed and read to her, give her a little comfort and she would settle down. I do that now with my 6 week old. she nurses right before bedtime and will sometimes fall asleep on my shoulder or will be half asleep and then be put in bed and we pat her back and she will sooth herself to sleep, on rare occasions she will cry herself to sleep because we couldnt find a way to sooth her. she just wanted to fuss for a while

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