my lil girl has started wakin up several times in the nite really screamin, she used 2 sleep rite thro, any ideas on why n hw to help her?

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Anne - posted on 04/25/2009

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Hi there - well, it depends how severe the reflux is. Here are some weblinks:

www.infantreflux.org

www.reflux.org.au

www.reflux.cryingoverspiltmilk.co.nz



There is also a reflux group here on circle of mums where you can post. Also try looking at the community reflux board at http://community.babycentre.co.uk/groups...

How you treat it will depend on a number of factors, eg. whether the child has other symptoms besides the screaming, whether you breastfeed or bottlefeed, whether the reflux is 'silent' or includes a lot of vomiting (if your daughter has it, it sounds like more the silent kind as you can't see her milk coming up), etc etc - you will find lots of very useful information on these websites. Message me if you'd like any more help.

HTH!

Jacki - posted on 04/25/2009

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Whenever my kids wake up screaming, it's because of growing pains in their legs. Do you do bath before bed? I put some epsom salts in the bath, then do a lef massage. 6 months is about the time for their first big growth spurt, so it could be that. It should only last for a couple of weeks if it's growing pains, and resurface again in about 6 months. Good luck...hope you get to sleep soon!!!

Angela - posted on 04/25/2009

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Babies are constantly changing, and if you stick with what you normally do. She will get right back into her own routine within a few days to a week. It's totally up to you whether or not to pick her up (Some mothers wouldn't want to get stuck in that habit) but I would pick her up, calm her back down, maybe give her a pacifer and than lay her back down awake. If she continues to cry, Establish her cry (Is she still just upset, or is she having a growth spurt and hungry?) and maybe feed her. My little one is 7 months old and for the most part I refuse to feed her in the middle of the night. That way she doesn't expect to eat anymore. Once babies start sleeping through the night it isn't best to feed them. They don't need it, They need rest. Make sure her calorie intake it plenty in the day. She may be ready for some more food, or more cereal in her bottles. Also make sure her bedtime routine is peaceful, no tv on while you are reading her a book. Too much electronic stimulation is not healthy. I wouldn't give her tylenol until you tried some other approachs,Pray about it. Good luck! and read what Michelle Holt said, she is dead on.

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Elizabeth - posted on 04/28/2009

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It could be teething. At Wal-mart they sell homeopathic teething tablets that work really well. My daughter did that also.

Real Savvy Moms - posted on 04/28/2009

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If you want advice from an expert check out our site www.realsavvymoms.com, we have pediatricians and other experts who can offer suggestions. Hang in there.

Joe-ann - posted on 04/28/2009

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my little girl started doing the same thing a few years ago we started to leave a little night light on so when she wakes up its not pich black and that comed her down but did not stop it . things got realy bad she was seeing ghost and saying that they were going to hert me in the end we got the house and lilli blesst it stop that very night

Amanda - posted on 04/28/2009

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Babies brains double in size the first few years. Night terrors are no joke. If you have tried everything you can think of than that night terrors might be your answer. My little girl was like that when she cut her first two teeth. Nothing soothed her, up all night crying even after she had been sleeping through the night for a couple of months. If the problem persists, take her to the doctor. Good luck!!

Bev - posted on 04/28/2009

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u didnt mention daughters age. If old enuf to understand, get her some worry dolls and tell her these prevent bad dreams and keep them under her pillow at nite. Remind her each night that they are there to help her have happy dreams only. Works for my granddaughter. Also flipping pillow after bad dream changes dreams to happy 1's!

Sonja - posted on 04/28/2009

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My son had night terror and since we are giving him 4 drops of Rescue Remedy, the night terror are gone. You can give your baby 4 drops of "Rescue Remedy Night" every night. It is very safe to us.

Holly - posted on 04/27/2009

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I think when she wakes up its dark and she is scard , some thime smy son will do that and its cause he has fallen a sleeep in my arms and when he wakes up ,he is alone i would may be try a small light and leave it on !! keep me informed about this ....good luck

Holly - posted on 04/27/2009

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Hello im not sure why but maybe she is in pain ,teething or a stimach ach ?or may be scarred of the dark or may be just hungery or thirsty ?

Kimmurra - posted on 04/27/2009

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night terrors normally start around age 2 i believe. my son went through this. he's 4 now and this hasn't happened in a long time. at any rate, things to try, limit food prior to going to sleep, play soothing music, and if reading prior to sleeping you may want to ensure the images in the books are suttle and calming vs. bright, large and animated. other than these things, comfort her when it happens. good luck, they'll stop over time.

Shannon - posted on 04/27/2009

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My son went from sleeping through the night until 7 months.. And then it all changed... He is now almost 11 months and is just getting back into his routine of sleeping. So I can definitely tell you it does pass!! I've discovered through trial and error, he was waking because a) I was not there---separation anxiety most certainly kicks in when they become more conscious of their surroundings, b) their brains are running a mile a minute--they are learning, growing at remarkable rates, c) teething-- teething causes many babies to wake up, including my son.. also when my son, Dyllan, was approaching a milestone (crawling, etc), his sleep patterns became wonky again..



You said that she is screaming when she wakes up, and as everyone else has been posting, it can most certainly be night terrors, but many babies have major separation anxiety.. A sign of great parenting.



My son was 2 or so months of having weird sleep, but he gets terrible pain w/ teething.. If it is teething, I suggest some teething gel and Hyland's teething tablets.. When Dyllan was really upset, I would rub a little gel on his gums and give him a few teething tablets (homeopathic) and he would drift right back to sleep..



Hang in there, you will get through this bump in the road! It does get better!! I swear!

Michelle - posted on 04/27/2009

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It could be either night terrors, or she is not getting full enough with the food she's on maybe... i have had to work with adjusting the amount and type of food for my boy to eat because he teethed really late and baby food wasn't cutting it...

Robyn - posted on 04/27/2009

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I haven't read all the posts here, but try tylenol suspension evry 4 hours, maybe some Ambesol (if teething), and keep a soft light on with some soft music playing. Maybe loosen the diaper a bit. Warm milk helps too.



worked for us for both our kids

Patti - posted on 04/27/2009

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This was the only sign my kids ever gave me of having an ear infection! Good luck!!

Crystal - posted on 04/27/2009

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any signs of reflux? my son had bad reflux and that is what was keeping him up all night. we found a solution and boy did it help. let me know if you think it could be reflux and i could share my tips on that one.

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I have three children and the only time they would do that was when they had an ear infection or were teething (which sometimes causes ear pain). You might have the doc take a look at her ears.

Sarah - posted on 04/27/2009

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My son suffered from night terrors from when he waas about 12 months plus - there is absolutly nothing you can do but comfort them until they r old enough to explain to them about dreams and let them know it is only a dream and not real - the happiest day of my life was when my son said to me I had a nasty dream mom but I know it wasn't real - I finally knew he knew it couldn't hurt him

Carys - posted on 04/27/2009

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What a beautiful little girl she is!

My son slept through from 9 weeks, and started screaming when he started teething. He's fine most of the time, but around the time he cuts a tooth, he gets unsettled.

Other than that, could it be something she's eating? Sweet peppers give my son shocking wind, and they disrupt his sleep.

Hope things work out.

Libby - posted on 04/27/2009

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Have you started solid food yet cos as the mother of 5 i have noticed with all of them that they started waking up at night again when they were beginning to need more substantial meals

Nancy - posted on 04/27/2009

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What do her sheets look like? When my son was small, he had Thomas the Train sheets on his bed... it took us a little while to realize that he was Terrorized by the big eyes on the trains....We changed his sheets and all was well. Kids are afraid of the most peculiar things.. hope this helps

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Hi there, I am a mother of an 19 month old little girl, named Abigaile, and she started sleeping through the night at 3 weeks old but when she turned 3 and half months, she started waking up almost every hour screaming, shaking, so hard too calm her and I brought this matter up to her ped. and he said it was night terrors, they are like nightmares so my next question was why is she having these, his answer was simple stress,being afraid of something or someone, being alone in her room in the dark...This will fade in time my daughter is doing alot better now...Good Luck

Stacy - posted on 04/27/2009

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First of all I just have to say she is ADORABLE!!! Ok I read in a book once that babies really start waking up in the middle of the night again when they are about to hit a milestone. It said as soon as the "task" is accomplished she should continue sleeping again through the night...Not sure if that helps...just a tid bit I picked up from "everything you need to know your first year"

Amy - posted on 04/27/2009

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Id almost bet that she is teething early! Ask your dr. My daughter did the exact same thing! Either that or a posible ear infection. Wouldn't hurt to get it checked out. Something is keeping her up and bothering her if she normally sleeps all night. Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 04/27/2009

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sounds like night terrors. my 2 YO daughter frquently has these and sometimes you can comfort them but sometimes any interference and actually make it worse. You will learn when to go to her and when to just let her work thru it if she is really having night terrors. It can be very hard to not to go to her if interference makes it worse, u just have to remind yourself its best for their safety.

User - posted on 04/27/2009

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i agree with jenny normally if babies have wind in their tummy they cry and wake up again and again

User - posted on 04/27/2009

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My daughter is 3 yrs old,she also wakes up each and every single night crying or screaming like she's having nightmares or something,i really dont know what to do,i even bought some baby comforting oil to sort of massage their backs and tummies before they sleep (to help them sleep better),she's a bit better but still wakes up every night without failure.

Bianca - posted on 04/27/2009

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They all go through times when they wake during the night off and on. Some babies have learned to put themselves back to sleep.Sometimes they are having a growth spurt during this time.But it can be alot of reasons.You should talk to your doctor about it but it will more than likely pass after a week or two.You dont want it to become a habit so i'd try to not fix a bottle,turn on the light,talk or stimulate her in anyway.Just check to make sure she doesn't need a diaper change,is not hot ,cold or uncomfortable for some reason.Let her know you are there and it's ok by soothing her by rubbing her head and or starting her mobil but try not to pick up either.Leave the room and if she starts to cry again wait a few minutes before going back in.Once you are sure she is ok and theres no reason she should be uncomortable wait a little longer before gong back in her room.She may surprise you and put herself back to sleep.This very important for her to learn to put her self to sleep.

Katrina - posted on 04/26/2009

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hi i have a 2yr old who did the same thing. before i can offer advise i need to know does this happen at around the same time of night or is it all over the place? also when u go to console your baby do they respond to the consoling?

User - posted on 04/26/2009

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my daughter went through this at the same age (she's now 10 months) we always thought it was teething but she still doesn't have a tooth! haha...this is just a suggestion but it could be anxiety?...my daughter went thru stranger/seperation anxiety early and would wake up screaming in the middle of the night and as soon as i held her or let her know i was there she was fine...she too would sleep straight thru the night before this...eventually she got to where i couldn't leave the room or she would just scream and cry :( and this lasted about 2 months...i'm not sure if that is what your little one is going thru but i know my dr said that is what my daughter had :) my daughter also had reflux so that could be something else to take in to consideration? take care :)

Javanna - posted on 04/26/2009

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try rice cereal befor bed get her to like a rilly soft and washable toy put her to bed with it also get a night lite oh and thay have a rilly cool thing at the store it makes the sound of a hart beat it might help

Lisa - posted on 04/26/2009

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Im also going through the same thing all though my girl turned 1yr today,she screams the house down still every night i cant settle her sometimes and having lack of sleep with 4 other kiddies isnt good

Shanna - posted on 04/26/2009

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Its possible that she is having night terrors. My son used to get them after his birth father abandoned us. Has anything traumatic happened with her lately?

User - posted on 04/26/2009

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Hi, apparently it is normal for babies at 5-51/2 months to start waking in the night were as before they have slept through. As for the screaming though, I'm not sure about that!? Is she OK after a bottle?? (she's sooo cute btw :) )

Lindsay - posted on 04/26/2009

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my 2yr old little girl started that recently and I've just found out it's night terror's there's not alot u can do about it. My little girl won't even let me touch her when it happens to her. just b patient and try comfort her and it may look like she's awake she actually isn't. hope all goes well

Lisa - posted on 04/26/2009

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Quoting Shona:

my lil girl has started wakin up several times in the nite really screamin, she used 2 sleep rite thro, any ideas on why n hw to help her?




does your little one sleep in the day if so try and cut the time down or she could be teething.or it may just be the change in the weather .

Tiffany - posted on 04/26/2009

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My son just went through this and the doctor said it was either night terrors or teething. He said that the nights when he would look at me as if I was some strange person were probably the nights it was the night terrors because there is a good chance his brain still wasn't quite caught up to the moment and we was still overloaded with information and stuff... and the nights he would want more soothing a care from me were the night that his teeth were prolly hurting really bad. He only went through it for a few weeks and he now sleeps through the night again with no problems... but if you are concerned, always ask the doctor... good luck

Katie - posted on 04/26/2009

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My 10 month old had the same thing exactly - definitely sounds like night terrors due to her wake time being so full of new things. My son has only just stopped doing it - and sometimes he still does it in the day. As they learn to sit, turn over, crawl, stand etc I think their little heads just get a bit overloaded. It passes, I just picked him up and soothed him until it stopped. i woke him a couple of times but that just makes it worse. Good luck

Di - posted on 04/25/2009

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hi, sounds like colic. try giving her a tummy massage and tummy time usually gets the wind out

Clare - posted on 04/25/2009

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Ah bless her I used to watch a programme on discovery it was the baby whisperer and i have twin girls and went through it she always recommended the pick up but method where you pick the up for a few seconds telling them its okay its sleep time and then placing them back down I had to do it over fifty times one night but it paid of. also is she going to sleep in your arms or by herself because she may freak out in the cot because thats not where she fell aslep

Jacki - posted on 04/25/2009

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Also, when they woke up, I would rub their legs with lotion...especially in the arch of their feet...that's where the muscles get really tight.

Anne - posted on 04/25/2009

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Sudden screaming 'fits' are one of the signs of reflux. As the acid makes its way up the food pipe from the stomach it burns in 'waves' and this can be the cause of screaming. My daughter does it too. Reflux is often worse at night. Good Luck.

Jen - posted on 04/25/2009

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sounds like nite terrors. both my girls suffered with them -- they're now 9 1/2 and 6 years. my son is now going thru them and he's 18 months. nite terrors usually end by the time they reach 5.

Shona - posted on 04/25/2009

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its a horrible thing as feel helpless, especially wen she looks rite thro me as if she dnt kno who i am. thank u all 4 advise.xx

Tasha - posted on 04/25/2009

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My son used to do that he always scared him self in his sleep by hitting him self and woke up screaming, and also teething is a cause too, she might be teething for ver 4 months but the tooth is getting closer to cutting so may be in pain, she will hopefully grow out of it =]

Carol - posted on 04/25/2009

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she doesn't have any pass lives..just this life..my 8 year old use to do it when she was a baby and i believe it was to control me..she did it for 6 months..I even took her to the hospital and I finally found out it was her wanting to control me in some aspect..so one night I said stop this ..your ok and guess what..she did.

Tina - posted on 04/25/2009

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I'm not sure if we are talking about the same thing or not, but my oldest daughter, now 10 years old did something similar that the doctors called "night terrors", She was completely unaware of the situation and slept right through them. According to the doctors there is nothing you can do to help them, including waking them up (resist the urge--because it is not necessary). Hope this helps. Your child should grow out of them. My daughter was at least 2.5-3 years old before her's ended.

Amanda - posted on 04/25/2009

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I agree with Rebecca that it is probably night terrors. My oldest went throught the same thing at about the same age. I just comforted him and eventually he stopped doing it.

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