Why does my 18 month old wake screaming in night

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I have 18 month old twins who are in separate bedrooms and boy sleeps thru the night, my girl has never been a good sleeper and for the last month she has been waking around 3 am screaming hysterically. If I let her cry it can last for around 1 1/2 hours. When I go in she wants to be held right away and will settle down immediately but as soon as I put her back in crib she will start to cry again. I dont think it is a night terror since she is wide awake but more like she is mad and just upset. Last night it lasted 3 hours and myself and husband went in twice to comfort her but kept crying, she finnally went to sleep when she was soo tired and fell asleep in Dad's arms.

Dont know what I can do for her or what might cause this? Very frustrating and tiring.


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Angela - posted on 04/25/2012




you should ask your doctor they may know what is causing it and what to do about it

**Jackie** - posted on 04/22/2012




My daughter went through a separation anxiety phase and she would be so worked up when she woke up in the middle of the night. It took a while of cuddling and rocking to settle her down. Just remember that it is a phase and she will get through it...I know that doesn't comfort you a lot because it doesn't help you now but I promise you she will be back to normal sooner rather than later.

Kim - posted on 04/21/2012




Some kids do not like to be alone. They start getting afraid somewhere after 1 year of age. Could be she's afraid of the dark too. We put a dimmer switch in our kids' rooms so we could put the light on in their rooms. They were less afraid.

My older daughter cried for hours everytime she woke up, but it was colic and she was much younger. It was horrible though.

Samantha - posted on 04/21/2012




most of the time it is the milk that can give them nightmares. I had the same problem with my son when he was that young I started to give him less milk before bed and it seemed to help.

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