Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Shelby | 2008-11-07


Kid not sleeping

Hi there,

My 21month old son wakes up often at night, screaming. I pick him up and try to calm him down, change his nappy and give him some more milk in his bottle.

Last night he had 4 bottles, but the nappy was not so big. I am not sure if he is just thirsty (it is very hot here), he often wakes up with wet hair from the sweat, or if he is having night mares.

I put his mattress in our room last night and he slept quietly for a few hours. I dont want this to become a habit and would like tips on how to get him back into his routine again.

Many thanks

Expert's Reply



What is needed here is a firm routine. Choose the time you want your toddler to go to sleep.After his bath and supper put him to bed and read a soothing story to him. Then kiss him goodnight and leave the room. Don't allow him to sleep in your room, take him back to his room. If he reappears let your husband take him back. This shows that you both are united in wanting him to stay in his bed. Don't give him a bottle if he wakes up. The controlled crying technique should work here. Start off by letting him cry for 5 minutes. Then go to him. Soothe him, kiss him goodnight and immediately leave the room. If he starts up again add 2 minutes each time before going to him. This technique is very hard on the nerves and you may need more that one night to get it right, but if you are determined it will work.

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