Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Anonymous | 2009/04/29


Could my 8 month old be having night terrors?

For more than a week now my 8 month old boy has been waking up crying histerically.

His schedule is as follows:
Between 5 and 5:30 he gets his last solids for the day.
Between 5:30 and 6 he gets his bath.
Between 6 and 6:30 I breastfeed him.
Between 6:30 and 7 he falls asleep.

He wakes up about an our or 2 after we put him in his cot. I have tried giving him panado before he goes to sleep, I have checked the temperature in his room and he is not too cold or too hot. Once we calm him down he is his (tired) usual friendly self.

What could this be? Isn' t he too young to be having night terrors/nightmares?

Please help!

Expert's Reply



Your baby may well be having night terrors. This is not uncommon and is a passing phase. Be patient while he goes through this stage. Go to him and reassure him, tuck him in again and then leave him to go back to sleep.

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2009/05/04

I got it at our local pharmacy. It' s for cramps and it really works, it says it helps with irritability as well. Just remember to add water before giving it to baby.

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2009/05/04

I am having the same problem, what is spasmopep and where can i get it?

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2009/05/04

Thanks! He slept over at my mom' s on friday night and she told me it could be cramps! We got spasmopep and have been giving it to him before he goes to sleep for 2 nights now, and both nights he hasn' t woken up like that! So it must have been cramps.

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2009/04/30

My little girl is 9 months and is going through the same thing. I believe it may be due to separation anxiety which I believe is a passing phase. (I hope). Good Luck

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2009/04/29

Have you tried giving him another feed, perhaps he is still hungry, if the last solids is given at 5:30 it might well be that he wakes up hungry. Also make sure you burp him properly before he sleeps because it might be a wind hurting him so he wakes up screaming. It might also be reflux, my son had that and it caused him to wake up screaming bcause the milk has a burning heartburn like effect when it comes up. BUt hear what the doc says, maybe its something else

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