G.J. asks from Sherman, TX on October 26, 2010
Allergic to Something??
Hi mamas out there, I need some advice. My nine month old daughter is usually a delight, energetic, standing, trying to walk, funny, despite the teething or normal crankiness they all get. But ever so often here lately she will wake up and start screaming and crying. This will go on for about 20 min. Now, mind you, during this time I have changed her, held her, sang to her, tried to feed her, used paci, lovey and her violet (bear) and her daddy steps in and gives me a break and does the same too. She gets to the point where her eyes are swollen and shes slobbering, and snots going everywhere...and I know Im painting a pretty picture, but it breaks my heart because I feel like she is hurting. I really dont believe this is something she is doing to get us out of bed to hold her or play because she sleep well during the night and some mornings I have to wake her up. Could she be allergic to something she's eating. Has anyone had this problem? This has only happened about four times within a three week period but its horrible. She's be okayed through her doctor to eat some table food and toddler graduates and she loves them. No one thing I've noticed has caused this though. Can a 9 month old still have colic spells? Oh, by the by she does have acid reflux but has never reacted this way. Any ideas?
W.W. answers from Houston on October 27, 2010
My son had the identical thing and it lasted for about 14 months. The one and only, absolutely thing that worked for us was to put on his favorite Wiggles dvd. Even with reflux pain he would stop his crying dead in it's tracks. I have no idea why this worked, but it did it every time. Try it and see if it helps. Help comes in the strangest forms sometimes.
Another thing that may help is to record on paper everything that she ate or did on that day, especially immediately before, of the attack so that you can see if there is a connection.
Start her on some good probiotics too.
M.D. answers from Pittsburgh on October 26, 2010
I agree with Kelly E. it sounds like night terrors to me to. My daughter went through this and it is terribly painful for the parents. The child, although her eyes are open is likely not awake and will have no memory of the event. She is not doing this for attention or creating a new routine. All you can do is be there to comfort her and know that she is not really aware of the things you are offering her. It is a phase and this too shall pass.
E.M. answers from Austin on October 27, 2010
Sounds to me like she might be having trouble digesting something she's eating. Think about what new foods you might have added to her diet recently. My kids had trouble with milk proteins, just like someone else mentioned. The good news is, that's one kids out grow.
J.T. answers from College Station on October 27, 2010
It sounds like Night Terrors and there is nothing you can do about them. She is asleep, though she seems not to be. They do grow out of them but the time they are 3.
J.J. answers from Austin on October 27, 2010
Night terrors...Around 9 months separation anxiety begins because they are starting to develop long term memories and they don't want you to go away. I don't mean it is separation anxiety (in that case she would just cry when you put her down or leave) but it goes hand in hand with realizing there are scary things in the world. Also, check to be sure she is actually awake, when you say her name will she look at you in the eye? If asleep she may not, she could still respond to you but be asleep and eyes wide open. All 2 of mine went through it, but my middle child still has them.
J.P. answers from Boise on October 26, 2010
I wonder if it could be the teething. She wakes up just a little and feels the pain?
A.A. answers from Waco on October 27, 2010
C.D. answers from St. Louis on October 26, 2010
It could be a food allergy...although testing her is not necessarily going to give you that information. My daughter would wake and scream like that and it definitely was allergies. she had issues with dairy, corn, wheat, etc. etc. although the allergy tests were negative. We've since had her allergies treated and she sleeps all night....but occasionally when trying a new food will wake again at night. Keep a food diary. It might not be something obvious to you. My daughter's corn allergy was by FAR the toughest to manage as corn is in everything in this country and reading labels doesn't help.
Edited to add: and reflux CAN cause them to scream...in pain. It may be that she was a happy spitter before and now the reflux is hurting her. And allergies CAN cause reflux although docs will tell you otherwise...in that case meds won't help (and may actually cause more allergies by suppressing the stomach acid they need to break down food)...my daughter was medicated for her reflux for nearly 18 months although it didn't seem to help and that may be why she ended up allergic to nearly everything.
L.M. answers from Dover on October 26, 2010
It could be gas or an allergy (to either food or environmental agents). Be very aware of what chemicals (cleaning products, personal care products, etc) that you have in your home.