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A 36-year-old male asked:

my 8 mo old son has stopped sleeping through the night. wakes with painful scream about 1a.m. and again about 5a.m. any ideas?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 35 years experience
No sleep: It could be teething,ear infection, gas pains, night terrors or many other things. A disruption in sleeping habits need a careful history and exam with your pediatrician to figure out the best course of action.
Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
Pediatrics 20 years experience
See pediatrician...: When the changes in sleep are new, it is important to rule out any causes that need to be treated (such as ear infection causing pain while lying down). Teething is another possible cause. Hunger. Habit. See the pediatrician.
Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Night terrors: Sounds like the exact description for a night terror, and he's entering prime age for them. Yes, he looks awake, but is actually asleep. If the time is very predictable (1 &,5 am, go 1/2 hour before and very gently arouse him and disrupt the sleep cycle. Gently readjust him, offer a sip of water, give a kiss, etc. Gently readjusting their sleep cycle like this can reduce incidence by 80%

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