I need help!

Laura - posted on 10/09/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My daughter who has been sleeping in her own bed and all through the night since she was around 9 months old, has been waking up every night this week. She cries until you pick her up and rock her and she immediately falls asleep, as soon as I put her down, she cries again and if I leave her she cries for a very long time. She has no fever or signs of illness, she has been teething for a very long time now and she has the last of her molars coming in and has never behaved this way before. She is keeping me up all night and she is a miserable grumpy baby. And as I said before, I know what to look for with teething and this is not teething.

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Amanda - posted on 10/10/2009

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I don't know how old your daughter is now, but my son is 18 months and he did the exact same thing. I asked our doctor about it and they told me that it could be a few things. It could be that they have nightmares or they just feel like they are alone. That you abandoned them. They told us to try leaving a radio on really soft at night and we tried that and it did seem to help some. He does sleep most of the time in his room. I don't really know much else. Hope this helps.

Mandy - posted on 10/09/2009

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Quoting Melissa:

Hi. How old is your daughter? Two of my children did this, around the age of 1 1/2 - 2 years old. My pediatrician said that it was most likely caused by "night terrors" aka bad dreams, and that it is a normal stage at that age. As much as it is scary for both of you, she will grow out of it. One of the things that I did was keep a small spray bottle with water in it, that my kids thought was "magic spray" to keep scary things away, this worked really well, and now that my 3 year old son has been starting to express concern for things that go bump in the night, I have started to do this with him as well, and it seems to help - good luck.:)



her baby is only 9mo.



what you discribe doesnt sound like night terrors, more like nightmares.



 



with night terrors, they appear very scared, eyes open but they dont know that you are there. my son has at least 2 a week. he is running around the house (well trying to) petrified. i have to stay calm and lead him back to bed, him not aware what is going on around him, and in the morning he doesnt remember anything. it is best you dont wake them with night terrors, i guess it is kinda like sleep walking. 

Mandy - posted on 10/09/2009

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Quoting Hannah:

What about letting her sleep with you until the phase passes?



this is what i have done.



 



my son is 9mo and has just started crawling ans has become a bad sleeper, gone from 2 sleeps of 2 hrs a day to maybe half an hour during the day. he wants to be practicing his new skill rather that sleeping.



during the night, he is right next to me and on a good night he will wake 3 times. he will sleep through the night when he is ready.



 



i know a good night sleep is something we all want, but until they are older, that isnt going to happen unless you put them in a room and shut the door, ignoring their cries, which i think is cruel and unkind. babies need our cuddles. they feel safe and secure in our arms.  is that so bad????????



being a parent isnt a 12 hr job, we all knew what we were signing up for when we agreed to have our children.



 



sorry to be so blunt, but it is the truth. they will sleep through, you cant expect that to happen for a while though.

Kathryn - posted on 10/09/2009

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when my oldset was 3months she got colic. so we put a vaperier in her room. you now the one that puts out warm steam. this seemed to help her sleep at night. we also gave her some warm formula and warm milk as she got a little older. even now at 17 if she cant sleep she will drink some warm milk. i hope this helps a little.

Julie - posted on 10/09/2009

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Don't pick her up but lay her back down and rub her back until she falls asleep again. A little tylenol or benedryll may help, molars can be painful in the jaw and ears so it may very well be teething thats waking her up. If she will take a bink that may help her go back to sleep, when you pick her up it may be more disturbing to her sleep than if you leave her in bed. I hope this passes soon.

Lisa - posted on 10/09/2009

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OOPS....correction!
It keeps the BED warm for him so the shock of the cold sheet doesn't wake him.

Melissa - posted on 10/09/2009

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Hi. How old is your daughter? Two of my children did this, around the age of 1 1/2 - 2 years old. My pediatrician said that it was most likely caused by "night terrors" aka bad dreams, and that it is a normal stage at that age. As much as it is scary for both of you, she will grow out of it. One of the things that I did was keep a small spray bottle with water in it, that my kids thought was "magic spray" to keep scary things away, this worked really well, and now that my 3 year old son has been starting to express concern for things that go bump in the night, I have started to do this with him as well, and it seems to help - good luck.:)

Lisa - posted on 10/09/2009

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Have you asked her doc. yet? how old is she now? It could be night terrors. My daughter and older son went through them. They just pass. I would talk to her doc about it though.



One thing I do when I take my little one out of his crib at night, I place a heating pad in the crib, on the low setting, and remove it when I lay him back down. It keeps the bad warm for him so the shock of the cold sheet doesn't wake him.

Jane - posted on 10/09/2009

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Maybe a growth spurt or is she learning a new skill? Every try letting her cry for a while? What I did w/ my oldest (he did something similar to this when he was a baby) I would let him cry for a bit then go in & just rub his back or head give him a kiss (no talking, no rocking him, no picking him up) let him cry for a little longer then the 1st time & then go in & do the same thing & continue on like this. It might take a few nights but in the end he got the point & stopped crying in the night. It broke my heart to let him cry but we both needed the sleep. That's what worked for me but every baby is different. Hope this helps & good luck!

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