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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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Dr. Alan Mease
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Crying (Definition)

Crying in infancy is described as a loud, high-pitched sound made by infants in response to certain situations. Infants have a cry reflex that is a normal response to some stimuli, such as pain or hunger. Older children and adults cry for emotional reasons such as pain, fear, sadness, or frustration. Premature infants may not have a cry reflex, so they must be monitored closely for signs ...Read more


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What should I do if my 15 mo wakes up too early from her nap and is crying/screaming?

What should I do if my 15 mo wakes up too early from her nap and is crying/screaming?

Wait a little: It is normal for all of us to have awakenings when we sleep. Give her 5 minutes to see if she will settle back down. If not, go and check on her to make sure she is alright (ex: leg not stuck in crib) and if so, try to pat and shush her (try to not pick her up) and leave again. ...Read more

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9 months baby never sleeps through the night & wakes up around 5 times crying & never go deep in sleep she's not teething or ill she naps 3x for 1/2 h?

9 months baby never sleeps through the night & wakes up around 5 times crying & never go deep in sleep she's not teething or ill she naps 3x for 1/2 h?

Sleep hygiene: Set a bedtime routine. Stick with the same bedtime rituals, which may include a bath, reading a story or song, and a hug and a kiss Goodnight. ...Read more

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Switched 14 mo old to cry it out. Now she wakes up from naps crying/really upset. Anything I can do?

Switched 14 mo old to cry it out. Now she wakes up from naps crying/really upset. Anything I can do?

Ferber Technique: Dr. Ferber wrote a book about solving your child's sleep problems. The technique involves gradually desensitizing your child by leaving his/her room for progressively longer times. My technique is to let the baby cry until they fall asleep. Remember once you start on this course you must be consistent. Within a week the problem should subside. Peekaboo can be helpful during waking times. ...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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My 18 month son wakes up screaming and crying after being asleep for only 3 hours..It's been going on for about 2 months and every night what's wrong?

My 18 month son wakes up screaming and crying after being asleep for only 3 hours..It's been going on for about 2 months and every night what's wrong?

Other features ??: If the kid is fully awake when you check him and calms to your visit, this can arise from many sources.Separation anxiety, changes in living conditions, absence of a parent, all may play a role.A medical condition should be evident during daytime activities.If the kid is not awakeor doesn't immediately waken to your touch, it might be a sleep disorder called a night terror, more common to older kids. ...Read more

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My 4.5 month old recently started "crying" in his sleep. He won't wake up, but he will whimper while asleep. Is this normal? Is he dreaming yet?

My 4.5 month old recently started "crying" in his sleep. He won't wake up, but he will whimper while asleep. Is this normal? Is he dreaming yet?

Yes...: Making noise, wimpering, moving around are all normal while sleeping. Infants can and do dream; although, it is impossible to tell how complex these dreams are. Sounds like you should rest easy knowing that your baby is too. ...Read more

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Whenever im stressed or something doesn't go right , i will freek out cry, and then bang my head on things or bite myself why? Some nights ill fall asleep crying for no reason, and then wake up happy untill something else happens. But its almost a pshycot

Whenever im stressed or something doesn't go right , i will freek out cry, and then bang my head on things or bite myself why? Some nights ill fall asleep crying for no reason, and then wake up happy untill something else happens. But its almost a pshycot

This : This is not a normal reaction to stress. You should be evaluated by a mental health professional right away. You could be dealing with a psychiatric disorder. If you ever feel like hurting yourself or anyone else go to the emergency room or call 911. Please seek help soon. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


Naps (Definition)

Napping is a normal part of a baby's sleep routine. They typically sleep more than 12 hours out of 24 throughout the first year, but not all of ...Read more