Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Megan | 2010-01-11

Q.

Sleeping habits

Doc, please can you help me. I have a 16 month old son. He was 8 weeks prem, so I am over protetive with him. We had him sleep in our room in his camp cot until last week. On Monday we decided to put him into his own bed in his own room. The first 2 days was fine he went to sleep at 7 - 7:30pm &  woke up at about 6am. He drinks up to 700ml during the night, we leave 2 bottles in his cot. Than about the 3 night, he wakes up screaming about 3am. You can not console him. I pick him up and reassure him, but nothing. So I put him back in his bed &  sit on the floor next to his cot for ages. Sometimes when he eventually falls asleep I leopard crawl out his room, but the minute he knows that you are gone he screams. You cant leave him to scream as the 1 time we tried that he made himself vomit all over his bed. About twice I evetually took him to our bed as I need sleep for work the next day. Once he is in our bed he sleeps so well. The first night we realised that he was scared as we had a hanging thing behind his door, which we have now moved. The thing is that why is he doing this. You just carries in screaming and you cant reassure him. Im scared as Im not sure what is wrong. Please can you give me some advise as I dont want to see my baby so upset. Thanx again

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your little son has one thing in mind now and that is to get back into your bed. If you really want him to stay in his room you need to make it a pleasant place for him and it would be best to have a nightlight in his room for now. Read to him at bedtime and then leave his room and put out the main light. If he starts to cry or tries to climb out of his bed take him back to his room. Be firm but kind and patient. You may need to go through the controlled crying method even if he vomits. Do not give in. He will soon learn that he has to sleep in his own bed from now on.

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