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Suddenly afraid in the middle of the night? Deanna Lynn 17 kids; Levittown, Pennsylvania 353 posts
23rd Mar '13

DS just turned one on March 4th and is generally a decent sleeper. He usually sleeps from about 9:00pm to 7:00am, waking once to eat around 3:00am. Last Monday he woke up with a stomach virus and for the next few days he slept 9 hours straight each night. However, now that he's made a full recovery he is not sleeping well at all. The last few nights he has been going to sleep with no problems at his usual bedtime, but only sleeps 1-3 hours before waking up screaming bloody murder. I've tried rocking him, feeding him, and just patting him in his crib and he will fall back to sleep but within 10 minutes of being alone in his crib he is up screaming again. It seems like he is waking up scared. He stands up, shakes the side of his crib and screams. This pattern will go on for hours unless I give in and bring him into bed with me. As soon as he lays down next to me he sleeps fine. The problem with having him in my bed is that between him kicking me, my paranoia that he's going to roll of the bed, and my severe scoliosis, I get pretty much no sleep. I don't know why he's suddenly so afraid to sleep alone at night. I'm home all day with him and my stepson and a kindergartener that I nanny for and I very rarely go out so he hasn't been with any strange caregivers and there hasn't been any disruptions in his routine other than the stomach virus. I did take him to see the Easter Bunny on Wednesday and he was terrified of it. Is it possible to have nightmares this young? I feel so bad for him, but I don't know what to do besides let him sleep with me. I'm a FTM so any input from other more experienced moms would be great. Sorry it was so long.