Help my 16 month old son wakes screaming between 1 and 2 in the morning.

Emma - posted on 02/18/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hi my 16 month old son jamie has recently started waking up at between 1 and 2 in the morning screaming. During the day he's a very happy boy, feeds well, plays well and is an absolute pleasure to spend the day with. He goes to bed at half 7 every night after a bottle, he settles himself to sleep has done since he was tiny. We don't bath him every night as our doctor advised us against this because jamie's got very sensitive skin and it drys out if he's bathed too often, he now gets bathed every other night. There seems to be no physical reason for this screaming in the middle of the night, we still share a room with him (we only have a 1 bedroom house). But we're always in bed and fast asleep by the time this screaming starts so i know we've not woken him up. Last night he screamed so hard that he's woken up this morning with a sore throat and he's slightly lost his voice. I know he's not in pain but is it possible that he's suffering from nightmares? Has anyone else had this with their child? Any ideas on how to stop this? Any ideas welcome x x

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Christine - posted on 02/20/2009

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Hi. My son Bobby, who is now almost three suffered from night terrors.  They are not nightmares, the height of night terrors is 18 months ... so it may be that your son Jamie is having the same thing.  It has also been said that night terrors are hereditary ... ask your parents if you or your husband had them -- my mom said I had them as well.  Well, the difference between a nightmare and a night terror  is that night terrors happen earlier in the evening ... Bobby's were always around 11 or 12 a.m.  What to do ... try your best to wake him up out of it ... in a night terror, they are asleep ... if you can wake him up, calm him down, he'll return to sleep.  Some of the info. I read on it said that it may be caused by hunger or lack of sleep.  Hope this helps!  GOOD LUCK!

Linda - posted on 02/20/2009

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Quoting Emma:

Help my 16 month old son wakes screaming between 1 and 2 in the morning.

Hi my 16 month old son jamie has recently started waking up at between 1 and 2 in the morning screaming. During the day he's a very happy boy, feeds well, plays well and is an absolute pleasure to spend the day with. He goes to bed at half 7 every night after a bottle, he settles himself to sleep has done since he was tiny. We don't bath him every night as our doctor advised us against this because jamie's got very sensitive skin and it drys out if he's bathed too often, he now gets bathed every other night. There seems to be no physical reason for this screaming in the middle of the night, we still share a room with him (we only have a 1 bedroom house). But we're always in bed and fast asleep by the time this screaming starts so i know we've not woken him up. Last night he screamed so hard that he's woken up this morning with a sore throat and he's slightly lost his voice. I know he's not in pain but is it possible that he's suffering from nightmares? Has anyone else had this with their child? Any ideas on how to stop this? Any ideas welcome x x


Hi Emma,



 



My little girl is 2yrs now and sometimes the same thing happens to her.  Not sure whether it is nightmares but I have noticed when she cries like that, if I pick her up and cuddle her a bit or sometimes we even put her in bed with us that it consoles her and so we dont worry to much.  What does worry me about it is the fact that we dont get much sleep in...lol  i think sometimes our babies to get nightmares, especially if they are develeping. In my case l noticed that maybe my daughter has developed a sudden fear of seperation, because we recently put her in a daycare.  Before this she never use to cry much when either my husband or myself left to go somewhere, nowadays she cries and gets very upset when one of us leave and she has to saty behind.  i personally think its part of their growing up and that if we manage it the correct way our kids will grow out of it.  In saying the correct way their is way of knowing what the correct way will be for two different kids as their personalities are all different.  My advise to you is to stay calm and in doing so, Jamie will be more relaxed to, if you get all uptight and start to worry to much he might feel it in your presence ad so it might end up making him more uptight.  Goodluck and God Bless!

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My bub does the same thing - seems to be nightmares. Im not too worried about it as like your kid shes happy during the day. Its just a pain.

Mairead - posted on 02/18/2009

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MY LITTLE KATIE USE TO DO THIS LIKE THAT WE ALL SLEEP IN THE SAME ROOM. IF YOU THINK IT IS NIGHTMARES WHAT TO DO TO SNAP HIM OUT OF IT IS TO USE A FACE CLOTH WITH SOME COLD WATER ON IT AND JUST RUP IT ACROSS HIS FACE TO SNAP HIM OUT OF THE BAD DREAM. WHEN YOU SEE THAT HE IS FULLY AWAY, GIVE HIM LOTS OF HUGS AND KISSES, MAY BE A BOTTLE AND LET HIM KNOW IT IS OK. HAVE YOU TRYED A NIGHT LIGHT2. AND DONT WORRIE THEY DO GROW OUT OF IT........

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