14 month old waking crying at night for extended periods
September 23, 2013 7:02 PM Subscribe
My 14 month old baby has crying thrashing wakeful periods during the night on a semi-regular basis (roughly speaking, perhaps once every fortnight). He wakes up crying and can’t be consoled – arches his body and pushes away from me while in my arms (but cries harder if put down in his cot).
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Once or twice this has gone on for almost two hours, more often it’s around the one hour mark. He is still breastfed, and I will try to calm him by feeding him, but usually he will feed for a little then arch away from me (or bite me) and start crying again. Sometimes he calms down if the other parent comes in and takes over, sometimes not. Often I give him baby Panadol as I presume that he is in some sort of pain – last night this didn’t seem to have any effect at all, and it was only swapping over parents that calmed him down enough to fall asleep eventually. I wonder whether it is nightmares, because he seems so frantically upset and unable to relax, but it seems strange that it would take him an hour to calm down after a nightmare while being held by a parent.
It’s been happening since he was eating a very limited variety of food, and doesn’t seem to be linked to any particular sort of food. He is happy and cheerful otherwise and doesn’t appear ill in any way. I haven’t taken him to the GP about this, as I know what the answer will be – “does this happen every day? No? Oh well, it could be indigestion, teething, bad dreams, bring him back if it happens more often.” (And I just feel silly thinking about going to the doctor and saying "well, my baby cries sometimes...") Last night's thrashing-crying-session came during a period where he's back to waking up about three times a night and I consequently feel pretty exhausted and frustrated. I just want nights to get easier.
Have any other parents experienced this? Is it a normal developmental thing? Is this how nightmares present, and is there anything we can do about that? If we decide to get a medical opinion (although for such an irregular problem I think this would likely be pretty useless), what sort of specialist would be appropriate?