Toddler was in car crash now wont sleep any ideas?

Melissa - posted on 04/16/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )




We were in a car crash a week ago today and my 2 year old daughter is having lots of trouble going to sleep and im not to sure what to do does anyone have any ideas and know how long this might last?


Elfrieda - posted on 04/16/2011




Try a chiropractor. Maybe her neck was jerked in a funny way and needs to be straightened.

Bonnie - posted on 04/16/2011




If it is because of the car crash, she could still be shooken up by everything. Was she checked out by a doctor after the crash to make sure there were no problems?


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Melissa - posted on 04/16/2011




Thanks everyone for your comments, i dont think its her teeth as shes not playing with her mouth etc like she would normally. She has been in the car a couple of times and did ok, I really just dont know what it is she has never been like this and she doesnt really talk yet so i cant ask her. I just hate when i put her down for naps and at night she just screams her lungs out. Ive tried a nite light and music but they dont really help. I also asked my gp and he said it will go in a few days but its been a week now and i hate seeing her like that :(

Julie Doyle - posted on 04/16/2011




have u took her to ur gpif not may be think about it have u put her back in a car sense ur accident some times its best to face ur fear rather then avoid it assure her that wasan accident and hopefully wont happen again good look there are lots of sleep remedies see ur gp

Christy - posted on 04/16/2011




Maybe you can try to get her to fall asleep in her own bed and if she starts crying later in the night, bring her to your bed? Normally I would say not to co sleep (IMO) but in this case she's really scared for a valid reason.

Brittany - posted on 04/16/2011




I know that any routine changes, even if temporary, really mess with my son (he's 20 moths old now). For example, two months ago when I had our second child, I stayed in the hospital with her for three days. For three weeks afterwards my son would wake up in the middle of the night screaming my name and crying for me until I picked him up and let him know that I was there and I wasn't leaving.
It was clearly traumatic for him, as I'm sure the car accident was for your daughter. Maybe she just needs some comfort and reassurance? I also agree that it could be her 2-year molars. Observe her during the day. If she's walking around chewing her hands and maybe drooling more than usual I would say that's probably the issue.
Just make sure that she knows you're nearby if she needs you and that everything is ok! I'm sure it will pass in a few weeks.

Amy - posted on 04/16/2011




I'm not sure if the crash has anything to do with the sleep but I was in an accident last year with my then 4 year old and 6 week old. We were all taken to the hospital via ambulance so it was pretty traumatic for my son needless to say it was at least 6 months before we could get in the car and him not worry that we were going to be in an accident.

Louise - posted on 04/16/2011




Are you sure it is because of the crash and not her back molars coming through as she is the right age for this. If she is able to talk to you ask her what makes her not want to sleep. Even at 2 she could give you a fair idea. Let her take a teddy to bed to cuddle to soothe her or a fleecy blanket to snuggle. Stick to the normal routine of bath, story, bed because routines really help to settle.

If this continues and you are sure it is the trauma from the crash then maybe you need to seek some professional advice.

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