toddler keeps hurting herself and never sleeps.

Teagan - posted on 12/27/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I need some help, or some advice from moms that may have dealt with this. I have a 2.5 year old, who has never slept through the night. Over the last 8 months waking up at night has been especially awful. It started out with just excessive and uncontrollable tantrums until she threw up but has since progressed even further and now includes her biting her hands until they bleed, pulling her hair, bashing her forehead against the wall repeatedly, and punching herself in the face. I have tried everything, EVERYTHING, and nothing is working and every doctor I go to brushes it off as night terrors or a typical two year old behavior but I'm not okay with that. We both are running on about 4 hours of sleep a night after being up about 4 times a night dealing with these behaviors, trying to calm her down and getting her back to sleep and then getting myself back to sleep. I am a single mom and I have absolutely no one to help me so that is also not an option. Any real, legit advice is certainly welcomed and encouraged. *Also, please note that during the day she naps well, and other than being absolutely exhausted is a relatively well behaved child and is right where she needs to be developmentally.

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Gigi - posted on 12/29/2012

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Is she afraid when she wakes up? Does she actually wake up or is she still "not there" when she bites her hands and so? Does she welcome you comforting her or does she flinch away from your touch? If the answer is yes, then it sounds like night terrors. They are difficult to deal with, my daughter had them for a week or so and it wasn't pretty. They were milder though and stopped soon.
Did something change in the last 8 months she has been having them - is it possible that she has a problem in her daycare and is letting it "out" during the night?

Amanda - posted on 12/27/2012

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I read something a long time ago about a child who kept waking in the middle of the night vomiting. Every night for no reason, Drs couldn't explain it... They came to find out later that it was epilepsy. He was having seizures at night that would induce vomiting. I've never heard of a child doing those things during a seizure, but perhaps it is something neurological...

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