Help! My Toddler Wakes Up Screaming at Night

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Ok friends, I need help. My toddler wakes up screaming at night and I’m exhausted.Screaming BabyI want real life people to answer this question for me. I’ve looked at advice from other blogs and BabyCenter and such but I want your experiences. If you give me good advice that actually works, perhaps I’ll write a new post (or maybe update this one) to share it with everyone else. Because surely I’m not the only person to have this problem.

Cry Baby  Simeon is about 15 months old. For more than half of his life, he has slept soundly and solidly from 7:00 pm to 7:00 am. Suddenly, in the past couple of weeks, he has started waking up anywhere between 1:00 am and 6:00 am screaming like his life depends on it. He did it about once a week or so for awhile but the past 3 nights in a row he has done it. Sometimes he’ll calm right down if I go in and hold him and lay him back down. Sometimes he wants a drink of milk. Sometimes nothing really helps. He doesn’t respond at all to my husband handling the situation. His diaper is always fine. He isn’t cold. There are no loud noises or weird lights or anything that should be waking him up. Nothing has changed significantly in our lives or his schedule. What is the deal? And how can we fix it?Crying babies

I initially thought it was teething. Then I thought it was a growth spurt. Now I don’t know what to think. It’s getting worse and I’m exhausted!

Have any of you had a problem when your toddler wakes up like this? How normal is it and how long should it last if it is just a phase? And what should I do in the meantime?

I realize some of you may never have a full night’s sleep for the first year or so of your child’s life and for that, my sincere condolences. If this was routine though, I wouldn’t be worried about it. But how does he sleep perfectly for 8+ months and then suddenly he can’t? It seems off to me. He didn’t even get messed up too badly when we moved! Why now?

HELP! Because those pictures are what my life is starting to feel like!

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6 thoughts on “Help! My Toddler Wakes Up Screaming at Night

  • April 1, 2016 at 10:36 am
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    Sounds like night terrors. My brother had them around that age too, Many times he was still “sleeping” even with his eyes open. He would not remember them. I remember nothing would help. We would just hold him and wait for it to end. As far as I know there is no trigger for them. I have a nephew who also had night terrors starting around 8 months old. He is now 12 and has not had them for a few years. Maybe talk to your pediatrician and see what they think? So sorry for you all it sounds like torture. my babies have all been excellent sleepers so I may not be much help!

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    • April 1, 2016 at 1:23 pm
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      Thanks for the input! Did they just end as he got older?

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      • April 1, 2016 at 8:26 pm
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        Yeah with my nephew his ended as he got older. My brother will have them occasionally but my mom figured out he only gets them when he has a fever now.

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        • April 2, 2016 at 9:50 am
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          Well I guess I’ll have to be patient and see then! Thanks Tammy!

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  • April 1, 2016 at 4:37 pm
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    Leo has them too, only it has been going on for a long time and there seems to be no apparant schedule for them either. I let him cry for a little while before I go in, and if he hasn’t settled then I check his bottle, check his diaper, but I NEVER pick him up. Every time I have it has made it worse. I thought it was because he wasn’t eating enough. But I’m thinking it’s night terrors. He’s always half asleep when I go in, most times his eyes are closed. I lay him down give him his bottle, since he has no other item that comforts him, and turn his crib music on and I leave. Seems to work great, but I have been up sometimes 3 times a night. I don’t know what to do about him not having them, but at least I have a system down now.

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    • April 2, 2016 at 9:52 am
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      So far our system is: I go in and hold him for a couple minutes and everything is fine afterwards. Austin can’t hold him. He screams more. Ignoring it doesn’t work. {siigh} I guess I’ll join the ranks of women who tough it out. 🙂

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