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Smart kid! She has discovered that if she cries at night, this big powerful person will run around her, bring her yummy stuff, and generally do her bidding. That is ultimate power - just squeak, and the most powerful person you have met in your short life does your bidding! How cool is that!
No, this is probably not something you want to medicate. She needs to learn that, while it is OK to wake at night, it is not OK to wake the rest of the family.
There are many ways to do this, and the baby advice books are full of techniques.
My own favourite - not everyone's - is to go to the child, check that she is OK, get the yelling down to a sniff (not fully asleep), and then put her down and leave.
She will scream. Give her 3 minutes, and repeat the process. But next time you give her 6 minutes, the time after that 9 minutes, and so on. If she falls asleep and does it again later that night, you start again at 3 minutes.
For this technique, it helps if you are a bit deaf and have understanding neighbours.
Otherwise check in the advice books and you will find lots of similar ways to do it - some of them a lot less noisy.
She DOES need her nap during the day at this age - don't try to keep her awake in the hope she will sleep better at night - it will probably just make it worse.
And dont forget that she needs a routine - bed-time routine, day-time nap routine, and so on.
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