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#1 littlecat

Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:19 AM

I think I have posted about this before but the situation has not improved, in fact it has gotten worse  sad.gif
Our 22 mo DD wakes from EVERY sleep crying hysterically. It goes straight from waking to the crying, then to practically screaming. Its a really stressed cry.
And lately if I go in to get her she creams louder and pushes me away. It is only DH that can get her out of her cot. It's stressful enough for us with her waking anywhere between 4.30 and 5am every morning but this and the crying make it almost unbearable!
It takes a good 10 mins or so for her to calm down.

It is the same for all sleeps, whether it be waking from her morning sleep or her lunch time one.
The only thing that I could possibly put it down to is maybe her ears. We are on a waiting list for grommets. Maybe she is waking in discomfort?
Has anyone with children with ear problems had this issue before grommets were put in?

I had thought maybe it was time to move to a toddler bed. Perhaps she is feeling confined by the cot. Maybe if she woke and could get out on her own she might be ok?

I'm clutching at straws here  unsure.gif

#2 lozoodle

Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:36 AM

Time to move to one nap maybe? I know when my DDs were transitioning from 2 naps to 1 (though they did it younger at 11 months) they would wake up from their naps completely FERAL.

Re night waking in hysterics, both of mine went through a phase of this approaching 2. DD2 still does it occasionally, I honestly think she was having nightmares or somethign because she didn't seem quite awake when I went into her, but then when she finally DID snap out of it she suddenly would "wake up" and seem with it as well.

#3 jobo77

Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:37 AM

I find my DS (21 mths) does that when he is teething -the incisors have been the worst! If it happens overnight sometimes its almost like he is not actually awake as he screams and pushes us away and screams more if you then leave him alone and it can take ages for him to settle down. Singing softly right into his ear seems to help calm him when that happens.
Saying all of that however, he hasn't done the above for a couple of weeks now as his teeth have settled down...1 more at the bottom to make its appearance though before we go to the next set of molars so I expect it may start again soon  sad.gif
Sorry no advice just sympathy!

Edited by jobo77, 05 December 2012 - 06:38 AM.

#4 littlecat

Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:54 AM

Thanks all for your replies. Its being going on for probably close to a year now! Thankfully she's not waking during the night. She goes to sleep fine but its when she wakes in the morning that it happens and for her day sleep. She is only on one sleep a day already and has been for some time now.
Pretty much waking after any sleep she is standing at the ending of her crying / screaming

#5 mumoftwoboys

Posted 05 December 2012 - 08:07 AM

how is she sleeping generally?  my DS used to wake up hysterical and tired from sleep apnea.  The morning hysterics was one of the signs.  

Otherwise probably just a stage as suggested

#6 Bluenomi

Posted 05 December 2012 - 08:12 AM

DD had a stage of doing this and I was the only one who could get her up.

It usually meant she hadn't slept enough so I'd resettle her and let her sleep some more and she'd wake up ok the next time.

#7 Wahwah

Posted 05 December 2012 - 08:40 AM

My son did this from about 18m - 3 but only for day sleeps. He didn't scream because he just doesn't but he'd be very distressed and crying. He'd want a cuddle then push me away and do this repeatedly. It was like he was disoriented and it was impossible to get him to calm down quickly.

He did have grommets put in at 4.5 but I never made the connection with his ears.

The other thing was that he would wake very sweaty but if I took his temp it was quite often under 37.

Anyway if he woke really distressed the only thing that I could do to calm him would be a biscuit or banana and sometime turning the tv on which seemed to break the circuit.

#8 Natttmumm

Posted 05 December 2012 - 08:57 AM

Both my kids have done this at around that age. I didnt really work it out but if they were hungry or thirsty it was worse and once they were in that fit i foun dit hard to feed them etc.

I tried to give them a lot of food or drinks etc before going to bed if possible.

DD1 used to cry for about 45 minutes and throw tantrums for no reason - it was horrible.

DD2 did it too but not every day.

I found sitting them on the sink and letting them play with the tap water sometimes calmed them enough to eat and have a drink and then they were fine.

Must be an age thing as I have seen lots of posts about this

#9 Feral-as-Meggs

Posted 05 December 2012 - 11:25 AM

My son (14 mo) does this too from time to time.  It seems to happen when "something" is wrong (either ears, hunger, thirst, too hot etc) that hasn't woken him until it's very uncomfortable, and he immediately goes into a sort of tantrum - screaming, arching back, and hitting and pushing me away.   Cuddling seems to make it worse.

I just lie him on the carpet and let him kick and carry on and try to fix whatever I think the issue is without fighting too much with him.

My theory (totally non-medical but based on my own ears) is that lying down for a while increases the pressure and you can go to sleep fine and wake up in quite a bit of pain.

#10 littlecat

Posted 05 December 2012 - 07:21 PM

New development. Had a call from the hospital today, due to a cancellation we are booked in for gromits and adenoids tomorrow!! So I guess I will find out in the coming weeks if this has been the cause!

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