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My toddler wakes up at 4 am and watches tv. Is that okay? What should I do?

My toddler wakes up at 4 am and watches tv. Is that okay? What should I do?

No: Remove any tv from the toddlers room. Limit the child to their room from bedtime 'till morning, leaving their door open as a reward only if they stay in the room. Permit quiet play if they don't disturb anyone.Confiscate any remotes & disable any tv if the problem persists. There are power cord locks available. After 3-4 wks of effort your child should develop a more acceptable night routein. ...Read more

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My toddler almost never wakes up happy. Is this normal?

My toddler almost never wakes up happy. Is this normal?

Most likely.: Unless there is something specific that is wrong, this is most likely normal for a kid in toddler age, like 2-4. At this time in their life, they are going through self discipline development, where they try to learn to control themselves, like in toilet training. They can get oppositional, etc., but expect them to get over it. ...Read more

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Is it normal if my toddler wakes up at the same time every night in the middle of the night?

Is it normal if my toddler wakes up at the same time every night in the middle of the night?

Bad habit: It is if he gets rewarded with a bottle or food. He is getting up as a force of habit, in other words if you set the alarm clock to get up for a ham sandwich, three nights in a row the fourth night you will no longer need the alarm clock to wake you up. Same principle with your child. To stop, let him cry, go to him, but don’t pick him up. After 3-4 nights he’ll stop. ...Read more

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2 1/2 week toddler wakes up in the middle of the night coughing. Been 2 days now. Anything wrong?

2 1/2 week toddler wakes up in the middle of the night coughing. Been 2 days now. Anything wrong?

Coughing: Coughing in an infant could be as simple as reflux, or could indicate trouble breathing. At this age, I would err on the side of caution and take him to see his doctor. ...Read more

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My toddler wakes up screaming in the middle of night, as if in pain or maybe a nightmare. Is this normal? What could be causing these episodes?

My toddler wakes up screaming in the middle of night, as if in pain or maybe a nightmare.  Is this normal?  What could be causing these episodes?

Toddler dreams: Transient nightmares or night terrors are not abnormal, and unless your child wakes themselves up, they will sleep thru it and wake up feeling normal. If nightmares or terrors were to persist for months or occur many times, something is stressing them. Not necessarily abuse or trauma-please see your pediatrician for physical exam first then an expert in sleep disorder. ...Read more

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For 2 months Toddler wakes up each a.m. With fever and lots green snot. Clears up by noon. But tired and weak all day. Bloodwork normal. What gives?

For 2 months Toddler wakes up each a.m. With fever and lots green snot. Clears up by noon. But tired and weak all day. Bloodwork normal. What gives?

Mgt/M.D. visit: Your toddler has been having fever and green nasal discharge for two months, with normal bloodwork. There can still be an infection of the sinus passages. I would recommend treatment with an antibiotic such as Amoxil, dosed for his weight, and follow up with your pediatrician. Your physician will also assess whether there is a lung or ear infection. ...Read more

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My toddler wakes up several times a night nowdays and am trying to figure out if it has to do with sugar intake, emotional issues or something else. Books all say different things?

My toddler wakes up several times a night nowdays and am trying to figure out if it has to do with sugar intake, emotional issues or something else. Books all say different things?

Nightmares: If your toddler is fine and healthy, he might just have started having nightmares which is very common in this age group. They are often awake during the wake-ups and ignore your presence. Should this be the case, the wake-ups will disappear as he grows older by age 4-5. ...Read more

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My toddler is high needs and sleeps only 2-4 hour stretches at a time. I want to get pregnant, would this be unsafe considering i wake up all night?

My toddler is high needs and sleeps only 2-4 hour stretches at a time. I want to get pregnant, would this be unsafe considering i wake up all night?

Pregnant: What are your toddler's high needs? I get the feeling that you are going to him every time he cries.It is time to break the habit by not picking him up during the middle of the night. After several nights he will stop crying and you will get your much needed rest. Go ahead and get pregnant! and good luck. ...Read more

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Why does my toddler wake crying and vibrating all over her body?

Why does my toddler wake crying and vibrating all over her body?

Many reasons: Could be bad dreams. It could be something called night terrors; if he doesn't seem to know what's going on around him and he has no memory of the event in the morning, it might be this. Or maybe the room is cold. In any case, it's not likely to go on very long, and if it does, you should speak to your pediatrician about it. ...Read more

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Only lasted for less than 30mins. Toddler complaining headache upon waking up and vomited. No fever. Very active after 30 mins.stll cause 4 a concern?

Only lasted for less than 30mins. Toddler complaining headache upon waking up and vomited. No fever. Very active after 30 mins.stll cause 4 a concern?

Not if one episode,: but repeated or frequent waking with headaches or morning vomiting definitely needs further evaluation. Headache complaints in toddlers are quite rare unless associated with fever or other acute illness ...Read more

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My toddler vomited a lot twice yesterday today he has been having running stomach he has pooped four times today should I be concerned he barely ate?

My toddler vomited a lot twice yesterday  today he has been having running stomach he has pooped four times today should I be concerned he barely ate?

Stomach virus: Sounds like a stomach virus. The most important thing is to keep him well hydrated. Offer Pedialyte, white grape juice, every half hr and let him sip as much as he wants. Do not give dairy products. Do not force food. His appetite will return when he gets better. Look for signs of dehydration: sunken eyes, dry mouth/lips, not urinating often, and if present go to ER. ...Read more

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Toddler who wakes during night between 11pm and 2am and then gets agitated when you try to soothe. doesn't appear to be awake. Sleep issue??

Toddler who wakes during night between 11pm and 2am and then gets agitated when you try to soothe.  doesn't appear to be awake.  Sleep issue??

Night Terrors are : a sleep disorder that occurs during transition from deep non-REM sleep to lighter REM sleep. He'll have no memory of them. Trying to awaken him ^es his agitation & delays his going back to sleep. At a consistent bedtime, read, soothe, brush his teeth & put him to bed in his own room drowsy, but awake, to learn to self-calm to sleep. Avoid fatigue; he needs ~ 12 hours total sleep /day. See comment. ...Read more

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Wake up when I hear my toddler crying during sleep, should I go to him?

Wake up when I hear my toddler crying during sleep, should I go to him?

It depends.: If your child isn't waking up during these episodes, he may be having night terrors. If so, the best things to do are to ensure there is nothing in his bed he can get hurt on, and keep him on a consistent sleep schedule. If he has a habit of waking and then crying, as long as he has no medical cause for this, it's best to see if he can put himself back to sleep. His doctor can advise. ...Read more

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2 yr toddler. Drinks alot and pees alot also. Wake in the night screaming for water or juice. Normally don't give it. Is this habit or something else?

2 yr toddler.  Drinks alot and pees alot also. Wake in the night screaming for water or juice. Normally don't give it. Is this habit or something else?

Deserves a visit: Many of these are just a drinking habit, but there is a rare condition where someone cannot re-claim the water that is purified in the kidney and these can become dehydrated overnight.Habit drinkers love the attention/process of drinking and asking for refills and their kidneys dilute their urine so much they need to keep drinking.Your doc can do some tests to exclude a real problem. ...Read more

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19 mnth toddler, currently undergoing diagnosis for ASD. Have a good sleep routine, tried all advice, but wakes night & can't fall asleep. Melatonin?

19 mnth toddler, currently undergoing diagnosis for ASD. Have a good sleep routine, tried all advice, but wakes night & can't fall asleep. Melatonin?

Share with PCP: Hi BGrewal Sounds like you are already hooked up with a good Pediatric qualified team. Sleep disturbance in this age usually indicates something other than a change in melatonin, and I would discuss with your PCP or the referral team ASAP! Good luck. ...Read more

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My toddler (19m) is teething badly waking crying screaming is there anything I can give him? Panadol (acetaminophen) gives him bad constipation as does neurofen

My toddler (19m) is teething badly waking crying screaming is there anything I can give him? Panadol (acetaminophen) gives him bad constipation as does neurofen

Teething : The symptoms of teething are highly variable between children. He is probably getting new molars. Some children get teeth without any symptoms at all, while others are just miserable. Cold teething rings, pain medications and messaging the gum areas can help somewhat. Ibuprofen usually works much better than acetaminophen. A natural treatment named camilia can help. Good luck! ...Read more

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My toddler isn't okay when i'm not in the room. Help!

My toddler isn't okay when i'm not in the room. Help!

Separation anxiety: During this period a toddler need an anchor before he/she can expand its horizon. The toddler may become much more clingy before he/she moves physically further from its parent. ...Read more

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Toddler is 4 and 48 lbs and I can see her spine on her back is tht normal?

Toddler is 4 and 48 lbs and I can see her spine on her back is tht normal?

Hard to tell but big: Every child is shaped differently, but 48 lbs would be very heavy for a 4 year old (>95th percentile for exactly 4 or ~90th percentile for 4 yr 11 months). How appropriate that weight is depends on her height and body type too. Being able to see the spine isn't necessarily abnormal, but her peds will be able to tell you if you need to be concerned (if it's straight or otherwise, for example). ...Read more

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