16 month old, hysterical crying fits thru the night - what could be wrong?! *UPDATE More q's*
I'm going to really try not to sound dumb here...
My 16 month old has not been sleeping well for the past week or so. She is fine during the day but bedtime has turned into a difficult time. She usually let's me put her down awake and she falls asleep on her own. LUCKY! Until now. I have had to hold her to calm her crying & rock her to sleep lately. Then she will wake 1-2 times a night screaming and crying and I can usually console her and get her back to sleep until tonight! Its like she just doesn't know what she wants but she's screaming and so upset. The only thing I can think that could be bothering her is teething. But can teething really make a baby this hysterical? My first kid never reacted this way to new teeth. I know ever child is different. I am just at wits end tonight with her and feeling so sad for her. Not even hugs from mommy make her stop crying. I'm really not a clueless mom, I've tried so many things to soothe her, we have a healthy bed time routine, etc. I guess I just can't believe new teeth coming in could make her so so so upset! Help!
Her ears checked out fine. I haven't changed her diet, her digestion is fine, her nap/bedtime schedule had not changed prior to these wakings but it has now since she isn't wanting to go to bed anymore. She is totally awake and aware, she is not having night terrors. Doc suspecs teething pain but I am still skeptical about that. It just doesn't seem normal for her, she never reacted this way when her last 12 teeth (including 4 molars) came in. I'm leaning more towards the fact that my husband is back to work after being unemployed for 6 months. I am just clueless to the psychology of it all. Like what could she be really thinking/feeling about that and why would it cause hysterics only at night? My husband has to drive far right now for work, we are still asleep when he leaves (sometimes!) and by the time he gets home he has to eat dinner right away and go to bed only an hour or two after that. It hasn't been particularly hard on me, I am dealing fine meaning I am not overly stressed about it so why would my daughter be? I don't know.