Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Kel | 2011-01-13

Q.

10 month old wakes up screaming

I dont actually knbow what i should do anymore.
For the past 2 or 3 weeks my 10 month old son who usually sleeps right through has woken up in his cot crying and screaming and i try put him back to sleep but he wont have it. He screams until either myself or my fiance pick him up and take him to our room and then he is happy in our bed. I dont want to start bad habits but i also want to sleep.

Is he possibly sick or just throwing tantrums?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

It is difficult to know just why your baby son has suddenly started waking up like this, but the answer is not to take him into your bed. It is possible that he is having night terrors which is quite a common problem at this age.You should go to him and comfort him and then immediately leave him and go back to bed. If he strartss crying and performing go back to him comfort him for a few minutes and then leave him. Each time add a minute in time before going back to him when he starts crying. Eventually after you have gone through one or possibly even two nights he will get the message that he does not end up in your bed if he cries at night and will hopefully stop his nightime performance.

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