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Nighttime Waking

I have a 19 month old that used to sleep about 10 hours a night (asleep by 8pm and up at 6am).  Recently, she started waking up screeching and standing up in her crib at some point in the night.  I go to her because she seems so upset but she doesn’t seem to fall back asleep after this fit.  The waking up started when she had her last ear infection/cold.  It seems like it is now a habit as she is no longer sick.  Is it possible to break this habit and how long is it ok to leave her alone crying?

Illness often interferes with good sleeping habits. The first order of business is to make sure she is healthy. If she is still waking at night, I would have her doctor re-check her ears and check to see if she is obviously teething. Molars often emerge at this age and can disturb sleep.

Does she fall asleep on her own? Do you have a consistent bedtime routine? Is she getting outside enough and going to bed tired?

If she is healthy and you have established good sleep conditions then I would let her cry it out. For more information on crying it out see when children 6 to 18 months cannot fall asleep on their own and are waking throughout the night.

Written March 2011 by
Dr. Gordon, Orlando Pediatrician






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