It is always difficult when children of this age are in the habit of waking for long periods at night and also it is difficult to change.Your son has certainly been through a lot in his first year.When you tried the controlled crying method he started having typical breath holding attacks which are very scary for parents.The controlled crying method is the usual method recommended to stop this regular waking pattern The thing to remember with these breath holding attacks is he will always start breathing again by himself even though you get an enormous fright when you see him turn blue.
Have you tried Rescue Remedy for your son at night. This may help him to sleep through or sleep for a longer time before he wakes up? I am not happy about recommending any other sedative or even Melatonin for an 18 month baby
This kind of sleep pattern often comes right when children are about 2 years old and hopefully this will be the case with your son as well.
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