Here's a little background information. Our son has been sleeping through the night since he was about 5 months, except for teething, growth spurts, etc. If he wakes during the night we do an amended version of the Ferber Method. (I can't let him cry it out if it's beyond 5 minutes, just too heartbreaking for me!). Luckily, he usually settles back down within 3 minutes. Two weeks ago he got his first bad cold and, of course, that meant extra rocking, cuddles and no Ferber. He seems completely healthy now and for 3 nights we had been back in the old routine with no problem.
...but for 2 nights in a row now he's started to push me away as soon as he finishes his bottle and just starts SCREAMING! And I do mean screaming! He pushes me away with his feet and hands so it's hard to even hold onto him. I've tried walking with him and he continues to scream and push me away. ( During his naptime he will sort of push/ turn his head from me and give a little fuss to let me know he's ready for his crib so I will put him in and he will then fall right asleep, but this is very different from the naptime fuss). I thought maybe he was extremely tired so his response was a little more severe than at naptime, but when I put him in the crib he screams even louder. My husband and I both have tried to comfort him and he just continues to scream. I don't know what could be wrong, he doesn't sound congested, he's got no temperature and doesn't seem to have any teeth coming in. His naps are still totally normal, only nighttime seems to cause the "crazy cat scream" as I now call it. What can I do to help him if he doesn't want me or my husband?
Answer by momdays at 8:30 PM on Oct. 4, 2011
Answer by autstruck at 3:11 AM on Oct. 5, 2011
Answer by Gailll at 1:30 PM on Oct. 5, 2011