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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: Cornel | 2007/08/20

Q.

Sudden sleep problems

Dr

My daughter is 26 months old and all of a sudden experiencing sleep problems. She never had any problems - slept in her own room, fell asleep on her own, the past month in her 'big bed' and slept trough. Last weekend we visited friends for 2 days and during that time everything changed. She don't want to sleep in her own bed and during the night wakes up about 4 times - kicking and screaming.

Thanks to sleep therapy we have her back in her own bed, she'll go to sleep but only if somebody is in the room - we started out by sitting on the bed and have moved to a chair in her room. She still wake up about 4 times every night, each time histerical and struggling to fall asleep again.

I took her to my GP on Friday, but everything is in order - he says its nigh terror. She don't eat a lot, but she eats very healthy foods - lots of fresh fruit and veg. She still drinks milk - First Growth for toddlers.

I'm working full time and the lack of sleep is really getting to me - I had a mini breakdown this morning. Hubby tries to help where ever he can.

Any suggestion on what could be wrong, what we are doing wrong, what we should do and if this will pass?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This is a problem which often starts when a child's routine is disturbed even in a simple way like the weekend visit to friends. It is now going to take lots of patience to get her back to her old routine. You will probably need to use the controlled crying technique now letting her cry for longer and longer periods before going to her each time until she falls asleep by herself. Do not stay in her room as you are douing now. A nightlight will help as well.

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