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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: Liz | 2008/01/09

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Need Help

My baby is now 1 year old. For the past 2 weeks she has been a night mare at night. I put her to bed, she'd fall asleep and later she would wake up screeming. When i go to her she is fine, but she it's up in her bed and screems. I dont think she is in pain cause when i put her in bed with us, she does not screem but i dont like doing this. She does go to day care, but when i leave her in the morning she is fine. She never cries and is not very clingy. So i dont know if this could be seperatio axiety. I really mis my sleep and cant take it any more. Please could you advice.

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

Your baby is having night terrors which is very common at this age. It is a passing phase and she will grow out of it. She does not have separation anxiety. The biggest mistake you can make now is to take her into your bed as this is only going to reinforce the nightly ritual of waking up screaming and crying. Just go to her and calm her if she wakes but leave her in her bed. Use a night light in her room. After calming her down leave her room immediately.

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Posted by: Ani | 2008/01/12

A soft reassuring voice from mom also helps.

Babies like rutines, not being at the crech changes that rutine.

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Posted by: Gill | 2008/01/09

I knkow exactly what you mean!!! - DOC, please help !!!!!

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Posted by: Liz | 2008/01/09

Exactly the same as my baby. I really dont know what to do anymore. I hate leavingher to cry, she actuallu screems more than what she cries. We seriously need to get some help.

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Posted by: Gill | 2008/01/09

Liz, you have exactly the same problem as me, thank you for posting as i was just about to post when i read yours. My boy is 8.5 months, also goes to creche and loves it there. They have had a two week break and baby has been with us for this time so i also think this is seperation anxiety. He used to sleep through before the "school break" and also does not appear to be in any pain or discomfort.

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