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Baby waking up screaming? Gone... 1 child; Victoria, British Columbia 4181 posts
28th Sep '11

For the past 2 months or so Ava wakes up screaming sometimes...by sometimes I mean this has only happened a handful of times..but confused as to why it does happen.



She'll wake up screaming, inconsolable...to me it sounds like she's in pain. I try to burp her with no success, I try to comfort her but it doesn't work sometimes...I tried to give her gripe water tonight but she was screaming so much I couldn't..eventually she calmed down when I breastfed her (she rarely wants to breastfeed)...but I'm wondering, why do babies usually wake up screaming??



Do babies wake up screaming if their teething? I've known she's been teething for a while, no teeth yet, but all the signs of it. Or could this just be her wanting comfort....or something else? She's 5 1/2 months old.

~~~DINZ~~~ 3 kids; Bangor, Pennsylvania 25038 posts
28th Sep '11

night terrors

Haylee's mommy2be Red Bluff, California 92 posts
28th Sep '11

maybe she has bad dreams

Cute0aza0button 1 child; lol, np, Canada 16278 posts
28th Sep '11
Quoting Ava's Mummy:" For the past 2 months or so Ava wakes up screaming sometimes...by sometimes I mean this has only happened ... [snip!] ... no teeth yet, but all the signs of it. Or could this just be her wanting comfort....or something else? She's 5 1/2 months old."


my daughter had nightmares at that age. They get them, its common. Apparently it goes hand in hand with separation anxiety

Gone... 1 child; Victoria, British Columbia 4181 posts
28th Sep '11
Quoting Ravenclaw-represent!:" night terrors"


I was actually just reading about that as well and sounds like that might be it too.

Gone... 1 child; Victoria, British Columbia 4181 posts
28th Sep '11
Quoting Cute_aza_Button:" my daughter had nightmares at that age. They get them, its common. Apparently it goes hand in hand with separation anxiety "


That would make sense. I've noticed it happens when she's either a.) overtired or b.) she falls asleep on me, I put her down, and she wakes up and must be shocked she's not with me.

~~~DINZ~~~ 3 kids; Bangor, Pennsylvania 25038 posts
28th Sep '11
Quoting Ava's Mummy:" I was actually just reading about that as well and sounds like that might be it too."


My son used to get them and it sucked. He would scream and flop around everywhere and there was nothing I could do.

Janiyah Nicole's Mommy 18 kids; De Bary, Florida 3168 posts
28th Sep '11

my daughter has been doing this since about 6 months. she does it more than once a night and it hasnt got any better. we took her for sleep studies, mris and all . the only thing that came back is she has sleep apnea and when she wakes up screaming its because she stopped breathing. they wanted to remove her adnoids before her first birthday they said it may be the reason she cant breathe in her sleep. but i refused till she is two. only because they said at 2 they would do another surgery to remove her tonsils, so i said why put her through hell twice when it can be done all at once. and from being a 15 mins sugery it will bump up to 25 mins in most cases.. so i just keep a very close eye on her throughout the night and make sure she is still breathing. and she still co sleeps for that very reason. good luck maybe ask your dr for some test. the dr thought at first it was her having seizures

Gone... 1 child; Victoria, British Columbia 4181 posts
28th Sep '11
Quoting Ravenclaw-represent!:" My son used to get them and it sucked. He would scream and flop around everywhere and there was nothing I could do."


Yes, this sounds like it. And the usual things I do to comfort her do not work. She is just inconsolable completely.

Gone... 1 child; Victoria, British Columbia 4181 posts
28th Sep '11
Quoting Janiyah Nicole's Mommy:" my daughter has been doing this since about 6 months. she does it more than once a night and it hasnt ... [snip!] ... co sleeps for that very reason. good luck maybe ask your dr for some test. the dr thought at first it was her having seizures "


Wow, really sorry to hear about that :(



Ava actually "gasps" sometimes at night, only once when she's sleeping, not all the time, only sometimes...she never stops breathing, but I'll be in the living room and hear her make a sound like she's gasping which made me think she had sleep apnea...I'm not sure

Cute0aza0button 1 child; lol, np, Canada 16278 posts
28th Sep '11
Quoting Ava's Mummy:" That would make sense. I've noticed it happens when she's either a.) overtired or b.) she falls asleep on me, I put her down, and she wakes up and must be shocked she's not with me."


thats what my bet would be then. It last a bout a month and then stopped.. the n happened again a few months later.

Janiyah Nicole's Mommy 18 kids; De Bary, Florida 3168 posts
28th Sep '11
Quoting Ava's Mummy:" Wow, really sorry to hear about that :( Ava actually "gasps" sometimes at night, only once when she's ... [snip!] ... I'll be in the living room and hear her make a sound like she's gasping which made me think she had sleep apnea...I'm not sure"

ask your dr to send her for a sleep study it wont hurt to have it done even if nothing comes back wrong. they will even be able to tell you if she is having night terrors.

Gone... 1 child; Victoria, British Columbia 4181 posts
28th Sep '11
Quoting Janiyah Nicole's Mommy:" ask your dr to send her for a sleep study it wont hurt to have it done even if nothing comes back wrong. they will even be able to tell you if she is having night terrors."


I'm going to look into that, thank you.