Son Still Not Sleeping Well

Updated on January 05, 2010
M.L. asks from Indianapolis, IN
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My son is a year old now, first eight months of his life were horrible with ear infections and he finally got tubes and started doing much better. He still gets sick with ear infections or sinus infections about once a month but nothing like the first eight months of his life with the ear infections. He first slept through the night at ten months, prior to then he was always up every three to four hours. But off and on and still continuing he will wake up 2-3 times a week in the middle of the night just screaming like he's in extreme pain, tears, turning red and nothing consoles him not rocking, walking, music nothing except a tamberine toy my daughter will shake for him then it's like that actually wakes him up and he's perfectly fine after that laughing and talking, etc. I have told his pediatrician about this every time I take him to her when he's sick or for check ups and she says he's too young for night terrors or nightmares and has no idea what it could be. I've seriously thought of video taping it because it really has me concerned, any ideas?

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answers from Indianapolis on

I know he seems kinda young for this, but has anyone suggested having his tonsils and/or adnoids removed?? My daughter had problems with ear infections, etc. as well. Her dentist actually noticed how larger her adnoids were and suggested we go to an ENT specialist. I didn't realize how much trouble she had sleeping, but because it blocked her airways, so would wake up SO early and seem tired and grumpy. We had her tonsils and adnoids removed and she did a 180 degree turn!! A lot of people are againsted having them removed, I know. But, when I saw the difference in her, she's had maybe 2 infections since and she's now 18 years old!!! I wish you the best!!



answers from Indianapolis on

It really sounds like night terrors to me. I've seen kids start experiencing them around 1 before with the kids I used to babysit and my own kids.

Make sure he has a buddy (a favorite stuffed animal or toy). I'd also put a humidifier in his room that has a "built in night light" - Sunbeam makes one, and Walgreens has their brand of one too. It's bright enough for him to see the room, but not so bright it will keep him up - plus the sound of the humidifier is sort of like "white noise" and can be soothing.

For what it's worth, and good luck!



answers from Cleveland on

Hi, M.! Sounds to me like your little man is in pain when he wakes up in the night. I would give him some Motrin or Tylenol and see if that helps. The other thing I would do is talk to someone to see if he is too young to have his tonsils and/or adenoids removed. We had a very similar issue with my son who was 6 at the time. He had sinus infections every 6-8 weeks for a long time. He was taking amoxicilin so much, that he built up a resistence to it and had to start using augmentin. I had to practically BEG my doctor to refer us to an ear, nose and throat doctor to see about having his tonsils and adenoids removed. They agreed, and he was immediately like a new kid right after surgery. It was a bit of a rough recovery, but it was the best thing I could have done for him. He also used to snore when he slept, and the night after his surgery, I had to feel under his nose to be sure that he was breathing, because he was so quietly sleeping! It was a fabulous remedy to our problem! I wish you the best of luck and hope that your son feels better real soon! Happy New Year!



answers from Indianapolis on

I googled night terrors, which is what it sounds like your child has. I found this website, not by a MD, but by someone who has researched the subject. Here is the website:
It says Night Terrors are most common in children age 3-5, but can occur in children as young as 6 mos, and adults. It may be that your Ped has just never heard of it happening in someone so young. It certainly sounds like a night terror to me. HOpefully this website will have helpful info.

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