my son has been sick recently & now he won't sleep alone at night & keeps wanting my full attention

Nadia - posted on 09/13/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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for the last week my son has been sick.. i've done everything i can for him, and he's now getting better.. but now every night he wants my attention all the time, i can't do anything without him crying and carrying on.. i'm at my witts end, and i've virtually tried everything..

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Camilla - posted on 09/13/2009

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Could be. I also left him last weekend at my Mums for two days - I left after I put him down for his afternoon nap - so my husband ans I could have some time together and has since had trouble sleeping both day and night! Arghhh! Again I think just the anxiety that I'm not going to be there when he wakes up. Getting better now, but I've had to re-assure him all week ie, be there when he wakes every time.

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Nadia - posted on 09/14/2009

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thank you all for your suggestions.. i'll give them a go and see how they work out..

Marjorie - posted on 09/13/2009

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He is getting spoiled there is nothing wrong with that but if you work you need your sleep. I know it will be hard but you have to let him cry i had the same problem he has to know that everytime he cries he can't have what he wants. Give him a warm bath with the nighttime baby bath and rub the nighttime lotion on him and see if that helps him sleep at night. I hope these things help you. God Bless!

Nadia - posted on 09/13/2009

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thank you... he's usually with me all the time and he's been sleeping in his own room since he was 9 months old.. i've started him at day care 3 weeks ago, could this be what caused him to be like this?

Camilla - posted on 09/13/2009

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Depending on your your sons age, he could be going through a developmental stage called Separation anxiety. My son is 9 months old and has been clingy on and off since 3 months old. I've spoken to a childhood health nurse about this and she told me its quite normal and passes. It means he thinks we are one person and gets stressed when left alone. While she didn't give me tips on how to manage it, and while I know it can drive you insane when things need doing, I also feel like hes only little for little while so I just give my time to my son ie, he doesn't play on the floor by himself so I'll sit down with him and start playing. After a while he plays by himself. He just likes having me next to him. If that isn't possible than as long as he can see me of in the same room, he is usually okay.

Shelsea - posted on 09/13/2009

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that happened when my son got sick! he was doing awesome sleeping in his own room at night and everything. once they are sick all they want is mommy. what i did is i slowly transitioned him back into sleeping in his room and being independent. it might even take a while, good luck!!

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