Posted by: www | 2004/01/19


Strange baby behavior

Hi doc,
I'm worried about the other son this time. He's 8 months old and has started crawling and standing himself up against furniture. He's generally a very healthy baby that eats well and sleeps through the night. He doesn't have any teeth yet although I've thought it a possiblility a couple of times when he's had some odd bowel-movements that were seemingly "stronger" because one dirty nappy would cause a rash. Either way, none of that is going on now and all should be perfectly okey, except for him screaming his little head off the moment he realises that someone is trying to get him to sleep (I should note, this only happens in the evenings and not during the day). He is obviously tired, rubbing his eyes and generally being cranky, but the moment you either try to give him a bottle, walk into his room, put him in any type of horizontal position (whether in bed or in the arms), he screams bloody murder. He used to be able to take his bottle, drink it, while curling up and falling asleep in his bed..... I miss those days! Do you think something is wrong or is it just some phase or is he scared of his room or the dark for some reason? He's never had any bad experiences there and like I said, falls asleep quite easily during daytime.

Expert's Reply



This sounds part of normal behaviour at this age and the best is to be kind but firm and put him to bed when he is tired, even if he screems. For some or other reason some children do not want to miss a thing and force themselves to stay awake until the very last. These difficulties are usually a phase that they pass through.

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Posted by: Tania | 2004/01/21

It's just a phase. My son of 23 months went through it and now my baby girl of 7 months is also going through it.

Get used to it. It passes after a while.

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Posted by: RMH | 2004/01/20

My baby (now 18 mths) used to scream and be very unhappy to be put down/horizontal every time she had an ear infection. It was always worse in the evenings and during the night. I don't know if this is the problem with your baby, but I generally know that if this happens to my daughter it's time to visit the doctor with (yet another) ear infection. Good luck!

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