Posted by: HMom | 2010/07/19



Dr, my 18 month old daughter wakes up at 23:30 every night and screams for me. She is in the cot in my and hubby''s room next to me. I then have to pick her up and she clings to me until she falls asleep again. Then i put her back and around 1:30 and 3:30 sometimes every hour and a half this goes on...
It seems to have started when on 16 June hubby and i had our first " date"  night and went to the movies. Granny and Gramps put her to bed and she was fine but that night it started a 1 o clock so it was as if she was scared we had disappeared.
i put her in her cot each evening - she drinks her bottle while i sing to her and she falls asleep. She used to be such a good sleeper (well waking only once or twice for her dummy). Could this be separation anxiety? We never leave her alone or with other people - she is included in every part of our lives..we are so worried - do you have an idea what this could be? I was sick last week so she was with me the whole week as i never sent her to creche and she was still like this....

Expert's Reply



As you say so well here, you are a loving and close little family and your baby felt very secure in this environment. She also sleeps in the same bedroom with you. Then you went out one night and she woke up to find that you were not there. Even though your parents were there she got a surprise and developed separation anxiety since then. Now her separation anxiety has become more of a habit with regular waking at night.This will stop after some time, it is impossible to tell you how long it will take. The only way to stop it earlier which you may not want to do is to let her cry when she wakes and to go through the controlled crying technique. I would not advise this with your daughter as it may increase her separation anxiety.

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