Please help! I am seriously at my wits end!
My 20 month old has NEVER been a good sleeper, but for the last month or so he has been waking from his nap hysterical! It doesn't matter how long he slept for it is always the same.
I have tried everything to get him to settle, nothing works. I'm pretty sure it's because he is still tired but I've got no hope of getting him back to sleep.
He woke over an hour ago and is still screaming! If I try to offer him anything (water or something to eat) it seems to aggravate him more... But if I just leave him to settle him self he won't...
I have asked his preschool teachers ( he goes two days a week) if he does the same there and they said no... He always wakes up happy!!
I know it's silly but I feel like he hates me!! He is the happiest boy most of the time, it's just these battles after his nap!
Does anyone have any tips? Or advise??
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23-12-2013 14:43 #1
Hysterical after naps
23-12-2013 15:35 #2
my 26mth old DD is a grizzly bear after naps (even long ones) - for about half an hour then she turns human again. Doesn't want anything, will be very clingy though. We usually sit quietly with a book or watch ABC4 & wait it out. No real advise sorry!
23-12-2013 15:38 #3
strange that he does this at home and never at kinder?? there must be something different between where or how he sleeps at kinder to how he sleeps at home. ? does he get uncomfortable while sleeping at home, perhaps waking with a stiffness or something? is his diet different between the two places. ? something he might have at home that he doesn't take to kinder? sorry I have no idea, but just trying to suggest things. have you offered some neurofen or panadol, for him to be still screaming after an hour, suggests something is really troubling him? teething?? two year molars?? Marie.
23-12-2013 16:37 #4
My DD went through a stage like that at 17 months, she'd wake up hysterical screaming tho she'd settle pretty quick (5-10 min). She did this for about 3 weeks then went back to just calling mumumumuuum when she's awake.
I had two theories one was nightmares, I've since banned tv on except for on cartoon channels when she's around.
The other was separation anxiety, obviously I was there when she'd fall asleep but not when she'd wake up so I tried to get there as quick as possible when I'd hear her stir from a sleep so she'd know I was still there.
I don't know if my theories were right or if one or which or if it was just an unrelated phase but she grew out of it.
23-12-2013 18:10 #5
My DD did that at 17 months also. Whenever she woke during the day or night she'd wake up hysterical. Turns out it was a separation anxiety and she grew out of it after 3 (very long) weeks. We ended up putting her in the portacot next to our bed for a while so we could all get some sleep. When theyre at daycare/kindy they know youre not there so dont wake up in a complete panic when theu cant find you. Hope it passes soon x
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23-12-2013 18:31 #6
My son did this for over one year. He woke up happy in morning but always cranky after his afternoon nap. He would scream and hit, again he did not do at daycare, just at home. Also he would have minimum of 3 hour naps so he wasn't tired, just woke up bad. Would take him good one hour to come good. It was a hard period, slowly he gets better. He still wakes up bad but not hysterical just sits on my lap very quietly and if you try to make him do anything, he gets angry, he is just over 2.5 yrs now.
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23-12-2013 20:16 #7
My DD is the same, not every nap but often. She has only done it once at daycare though.
When we're at home we often just watch some tv until it passes. Sorry no other advice, just wanted to let you know that you're not alone!!
23-12-2013 20:37 #8
Oh wow i was just wondering if my ds was normal because he does this too!! Hes only 1 but after every arvo nap inconsolable for at least 30 mins when waking. When other people are around they think he's ill and tell me to give him panadol (yeah thanks for that like im useless) when he's perfectly healthy just a grumpy bum when waking up.
23-12-2013 20:42 #9
Thanks for the replies everyone! Making me feel much better about it!
I have given him Panadol/nurofen once or twice but again, he wouldn't settle.. I don't even know if it is separation anxiety because anything I do seems to make him worse, even if it's just to offer a cuddle,
The only thing I haven't tried is being in his room when he wakes... He does go to sleep by himself, I'll put him in his cot and walk out so it shouldn't really be because I'm not there when he wakes. But at this stage I'm willing to give anything a shot! I'll try it tomorrow
23-12-2013 20:43 #10
Funnels - funny you say that other think there is something wrong... My husband wants me to take him to a specialist because there must be something wrong with him...
I would generally agree, but when he does finally snap out of it he is his normal happy self :/
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