Our expert says:
The darkness may be an issue. Perhaps you should put a night light into his room, for starters.
He needs to learn that while it is OK to wake at night, it is not OK to wake everyone else. When he starts screaming, go to him and check that he is OK. Once you know that he is OK, calm him until the screams reduce to a sniffle - he does not have to be asleep.
Then put him down and walk out. He WILL start screaming again. Give him 3 minutes, and repeat the procedure. This time leave him for 6 minutes. Then 9 minutes. And so on. He may indeed make himself vomit, because that is a really great way to get attention from mother.
If you cant take the screaming (remember, he is not coming to any harm) you can sit quietly in the room - WITHOUT speaking to him - until he is asleep. The point is to send the message that you are there for problems, but once you know there aren't any, then you are not going to reward the screaming by giving him attention. Remember, the point of him doing this is to get attention. You need to teach him that it is not the way to get attention. The best way is for him NOT to wake you, so that he can get loads and loads of loving in the morning.
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