Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Candice | 2007/02/22


Uncontrollable crying

Dear Doc,
My daughter is 8 months old and since birth she has slept in our bed with myself and my husband. Recently she started crawling and has fallen off the bed twice (even though we barricaded her in with pillows!). For this reason we put her in her own room last week in her cot. Since then she has woken up between midnight and 02h00am screaming and crying uncontrollably. Nothing I do can calm her down and sometimes it seems that she is still half asleep but continues to cry and sob. Last night I relented and put her in the bed with us, fully expecting her to sleep through again, but the same thing happened. She does not have a fever and during the day is perfectly happy with the nanny. Is this just an emotional problem or could it be medical? I am very worried and not sure what to do - I hate to see her so upset as she is normally a very happy and content baby. She has also become very mommy 'verskrik' in the last week and wants to be with me all the time - she won't even let my husband bath her like usual.

Expert's Reply



It is difficult to be sure as to what is going on here. It does not seem to be a separation anxiety problem alone as she cried even when brought back to your bed. Teething is also unlkiely to explain her behaviour. It would be best for our paediatrician to check her just to be sure that she does not have a problem such as an ear infection. Ask your paediatrician for further advice.

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