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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?

Terrors vs nightmare: Night terrors differ from nightmares by occurring in earlier in deep sleep rather than later in early morning light sleep.There is a lack of memory of the event vs a vivid recollection of scary event.Night terrors, like sleep are thought to represent abnormal sleep entry, possibly due to ongoing sleep deficit.As little as 30 min of extra sleep a night may reduce terrors. ...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