Sorry if this is a bit long winded but really starting to stress and worry.
Last week DS (8 months) started waking 45 mins after he would fall asleep at bedtime screaming for about an hour, then when we've been able to calm him down he would just calmly roll to his side and fall back asleep. He was initially going to sleep for the night and naps completely fine and happy. But this screaming after 45 mins happened four nights in a row. Initially I thought it was just teeth (two top cutting through), then maybe night terrors.
At 2.30 am on Friday night he woke for a feed and felt really hot. I took his temp and it said normal but I felt he had a fever so gave him Panadol as a precaution. He was happy though.
Saturday was a pretty normal day, he didn't have the greatest naps but still slept and was in general happy with a tiny bit of grumpiness. He hasn't eaten well all week.
Then Saturday at 3.30 he felt really warm and I took his temp and it was 39. I called the on-call NHS number (we're currently in London) and they sent us to the hospital. His temp was down by then (after some Panadol) and the dr quickly looked him over and said he had a red ear and throat, it was just a virus and he'd probably have a fever on and off for the next 5 days.
That night he fell asleep easily but woke an hour later and screamed for two hours. Then fell asleep and the night was fairly normal.
Now it's Monday afternoon and ever since Sunday morning I can't get him to sleep, he's just going ballistic whenever you try to get him to sleep. He won't nap, feed to sleep or even be ok with me lying next to him, he's just screaming. Last night it took two hours to get him to sleep. It's like he's scared to go to sleep.
I took him to the GP today and she said his ears are fine. He wouldn't open his mouth for her to look in there. She thinks he has reflux and gave me baby gaviscon. He's never had reflux before. He'll lay down and play fine.
Does anybody have any idea what could be wrong? This is so unlike him, he normally happily goes to sleep. No fever today but maybe still feels unwell and teeth.
Any ideas how I can help him be ok with going to sleep again?