A.E. asks from Mayodan, NC on March 02, 2007
Little Girl with Sleep Problems.
My little girl Alannah will be one on Sunday. Just recently she has been waking up 2-3 times a night screaming, which scares me half to death. I'll get up and run to her room and will have to sit with her until she goes back to sleep! She doesn't have a problem going to sleep at her usuall bedtime. I never had this problem with my oldest child who is 2 1/2 years old. Is there anything I can do to make her sleep or feel more comfortable during the night?
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K.E. answers from Sumter on March 07, 2007
I told you that you couldn't handle being a mother. But No, You had to go and get pregnant at 12 years old. And again at 14 and AGAIN when you were 15. Well. I can't help you with this one, becaue you never had night terrors. But i hope everything works out.
S.G. answers from Savannah on March 03, 2007
It could be because of the twins. A new baby or in your case babies can bring out the jealousy in any aged child. My daughter was almost 6 when I had my son. She was happy the whole time about the baby till 2hrs after we came home....I don't want a baby brother, I don't want to be a big sister, I think you should throw him away!!! That is what she told me much to my suprise!! Now 10 months later she wouldn't give him up for the world!! I'm sure the babies take up a lot of your time which in turn take away from the other two kiddos. Try to give your other two some one on one time when the babies are sleeping. Take turns, in the morning she gets your attention and then in the afternoon the older one gets it. Another thing to do is to try to keep the older two on the same schedule they were on before the babies came. I know that might be hard right now till the twins get on more of a schedule but consistancy is the key! Do you have a good support system at home to help you out? Family, friends, boyfriend, etc? If you do, use them!!! Don't feel like you are taking advantage of asking someone to do the dishes or some laundry or to play with the other kids. Even at my age I feel very over whelmed sometimes with two kids and all the house work!! Also, have you changed anything for her to make room for the boys? Change her room, did she go from a crib to a toddler bed? That alone can cause sleep problems for a little one. And with her only being 1, she can't express herself besides screaming. Just hang in there and things will slowly start to fall into place and calm down!!
K.H. answers from Lynchburg on March 04, 2007
Has anything changed? my son was doing that b/c of separation anxiety.
E.A. answers from Raleigh on March 03, 2007
She very easily could be teething, and it is bothering her mom than it did your older child. You may also want to try getting her more active during the day, so she is sleepier at night. Other thing is to try to put her back in the crib while she is still awake. She needs to learn to put herself to sleep, and back to sleep. If you are putting her to sleep in the middle of the night, then when she does wake up she has no idea what to do. Good Luck.
S.J. answers from Charlotte on March 03, 2007
Is there something she's watching on TV during the day that might be causing her to be upset in her sleep? They go through a phase of waking up with nightmares, but I remember it being a little older than she is. Is there a nightlight in her room? Hopefully, it's just a phase and she'll get past it quickly.
T.K. answers from Norfolk on March 03, 2007
They call it "night terrors" and my nephew has it...his older sister had it too but she grew out of it.
J.H. answers from Raleigh on March 03, 2007
There is something called Night Terrors - little ones about this age seem to get them "all of a sudden" ...My daughter went through that. It is scarey - but all I've heard to do is just calm them down, best you can and get them back to sleep.
The way I'd calm my daughter down was to start talking about something fun we did that day or in the past - like going to the beach to see Grandma and grandpa...something that had a big effect on her.
There is good news - they grow out of it...LOL but scares the mess out of ya when it is happening.
D.B. answers from Greensboro on March 03, 2007
Hello! I would have to agree with Joy. I think it is night terrors. It is very stressful, but it will go away. My daughter had them. My aunt said one of her girls had them but the other didn't didn't. Not all children get them. My textg books say to calm them down and comfort them. That is all you can do. You can't stop them. However, it will get better. I know it scares you and it stresses you out, but this too shall pass. Good Luck!!
M.B. answers from Charleston on March 03, 2007
ARe you feeding your one year old table food yet? I have a 2 year old and he has been doing the same thing. Going to sleep just fine but seems to wake up through the night screaming like he is in pain. I have narrowed it down to gas and when I give him gas drops it seems to help tremendously. So give this a try and see if it helps. God bless you for having the patients to have four kids!!!! I have my hands full with two.