Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Parent | 2008-12-17

Q.

Night screams

Dear Doctor

My LG is 18 months old. We recently went on holiday to Durban and since we' ve returned she has not been sleeping well at all. For the past few days she wakes at 2am and cries/screams until 3am. I' ve done everything I could think of but in the end I resort to giving her panado just to calm her and relax her. She then falls asleep but is still very restless.

I' ve also noticed that she is scratching her head alot, could this be an itchy scalp or some sort of ecsama as she has also been scratching just above her nappy on her back. She has also develped a slight rash on both her legs.

One more note, she' s just had her 18 month injections that upset her alot. She developed a slight fever and was very grumpy but that seemed to have passed.

She is her normal happy self during the day, but in between 2 - 3am it' s a nightmere.

Pls help???

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This often happens when a toddler is moved from her usual comfort zone even to go on holiday.Your little girl seems to be having night terrors now. All you need to do is go to her when she wakes up and reassure her and then leave her room. This is a passing phase and she will grow out of this problem. She may also have eczema but a more likely cause is that she is uncomfortable with heat and may have an actual heat rash.See that she is cool at night and that she wears cotton pyjamas. Do not cover her too warmly.
Her 18 month immunisation is not the cause of her present complaint.

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