R.B. asks from Algonquin, IL on September 24, 2006
Need Help with Happy Baby Waking During Night Screaming?
My almost 5 month old son has usually gone to sleep on his own or with some help and most nights will sleep through the night(8-9 hours uninterupted). He recently got his 1st 2 teeth about 2 weeks ago. Last week he got a cold (runny nose & cough) which has gotten much better but is not totally gone. For the past 4-5 nights or so, he'll go to sleep and then wake up 2-3 times during the night screaming a distressful cry as if he's in pain (no fever, and he keeps his eyes closed). I try soothing him and it doesn't work, which is unusual. He usually stops crying when mommy picks him up. Now I believe the only way to somewhat calm him down is to feed him a bottle, then he'll go back to sleep (not easily) and we'll go through this again in a couple of hours. He is very happy during the day. Any suggestions??
So What Happened?™
Shortly after sending this request, I tried feeding my son more (formula and rice cereal) throughout the day as I thought maybe was truly just hungry in the middle of the night because he wasn't eating as much during the day. The night I did this...he did not wake up crying, but woke up playing in his crib, I fed him and put him back down and he went right to sleep again. So that was it, he was just hungry. He's been sleeping better and actually occasionally sleeping through the night again. We are so glad that he's not screaming anymore. We've just started him on stage 1 foods too (he LOVED his peas yesterday!). Thanks for all your advice!
D.M. answers from Chicago on September 27, 2006
It might be his teeth bothering him my daughter was the same way I use to give her teething tablets at night before she went to sleep. Humphreys worked the best for my daughter but I had to buy 3 or 4 diffrent brands. You can buy Humphreys at walgreens that is the only place I found them they are pricy but they work.
D.P. answers from Chicago on September 25, 2006
I agree with the others, sounds very much like an ear infection. He probably needs to be seen by the pediatrician.
K.B. answers from Chicago on September 25, 2006
It is quite possible he may have an ear infection. Both my kids got them with no fever and few signs of illness. The congestion he had before may have caused it. I would definitely take him to the doctor. When they lay flat that's when it hurts. Good luck.
A.S. answers from Chicago on September 25, 2006
It looks like you have gotten lots of advice here. I would add that at 4 months, my first-born started screaming, too. This went on for months. You know, they can be cutting teeth long before you see any of them. Also, symptoms of a cold can be related to teething. This includes pressure in the ears, which can be extremely painful. Do you have a baby swing? We could not have made it without our Graco swing! I would hold him and co-sleep also. Snuggling does wonders. Also, if you still have any breast milk, I would "put him on." This is a wonderful drug. Regarding Motrin, I think your baby is a bit young for that. I think they prefer 6 months of age, so you might check on that. Motrin does wonders, though. For us, it works better than Tylenol. Also, there are several homeopathic teething remedies available. For such a young baby, we had success with Boiron brand Chamomilia. Hyland's makes a good remedy also. This will pass, though it is intense right now.
S. answers from Chicago on September 25, 2006
There is nothing more frustrating than when that happens. From expererience, I can state that the baby may have fluid in the inner ear and that is why it only bothers him when he is asleep at night, and happy durring the day. When your son is lying down, he is prone to have his head one way or another and the fluid is setteling and causing discomfort.
It is not always necessary to wait for the baby to spike a temp either. Two of my children had cronic fluid in the inner ear with no other symptons.
The other thing I thought is that maybe the baby is going through some sort of growth spirt. When kids go through growth spirts, they may often wake up hungry or crabby in the middle of the night. At times when my children were babies, I would nurse or give them a bottle when this happened and within a couple of days, they were back on schedule sleeping through the night. Did you know that children can grow up to 2 inches over nite? Amazing! That however might not acct for the painful cry.
J. answers from Chicago on September 24, 2006
L.S. answers from Chicago on September 24, 2006
I think it is the teeth. Another one may be cutting through. Your story sounds the same as mine. Buy some over the counter homeopathic tooth rub (it is in tablet form) and rub it on his teeth when he wakes up. It should numb the gum and he should feel better relativly quickly and fall back to sleep.
K.D. answers from Chicago on September 25, 2006
Hello. That has been happening to my little boy (3months old). The past two nights he has woke-up screaming in his sleep.He usually would sleep 5-6 hours. I knew that he has not got any teeth yet but I have to feed him to get to sdleep and then sometime he wakes up a hour later.
Let me know what you find out.
K.B. answers from Chicago on September 24, 2006
I bet he is getting more teeth. My youngest daughter is like that. She screams her head off when she is getting teeth and gets the colds. The best thing I found that really helps is the teething pills by Highland. I give her a few and it helps her sleep for a while. They are homeopathic. The place I am able to find them are at Jewel or Whole Food Stores. Oral Gel helps some.
Hope it helps!
S.H. answers from Chicago on September 24, 2006
I would ask your doctor. Everyone will tell you different things, but you want to be sure he isn't sick. If it is ear infections, it can become serious! Don't take any chances!!