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Screaming fits upon waking in morning...help!

Posted by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 7:39 PM
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My daughter is 14 months old and the past few days she has been screaming bloody murder upon waking up (waking up much eariler too).  Throwing a tantrum as soon as she opens her eyes.  When I retrieve her from her crib she doesn't want up or down, she doesnt want me to sit, she just screams like she's being tortured and makes her body straight and rigid. She doesn't want her diaper changed, doesnt want to walk around, doesn't want to eat or drink.

She also did it this evening.  Out of nowhere for no reason.  It's not like she wanted something that I wouldn't give her, or was extremely tired or hungry...she was just screaming and throwing things for an entire hour.  I'm concerned because it doesn't seem to be the type of situation where she wants something and I don't understand. Besides this she is one of the happiest babies I've ever seen and I've been extremely lucky with the way her temperment has been etc....HELP!

by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 7:39 PM
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jhslove
by Bronze Member on Jan. 29, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Is she teething? I read your post with interest because my 16-month-old is doing almost the same thing, except not for as long and she's not throwing things. But she's waking up very early and much more upset/fussy than usual. We're pretty sure she's getting some teeth (doesn't have any yet).

MrsJoe125
by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 7:45 PM

 I agree with the teething theory. I suggest ibuprofen.  It has saved us many times!!!! (we have four)


Quoting jhslove:

Is she teething? I read your post with interest because my 16-month-old is doing almost the same thing, except not for as long and she's not throwing things. But she's waking up very early and much more upset/fussy than usual. We're pretty sure she's getting some teeth (doesn't have any yet).


 

squeakers2
by Member on Jan. 29, 2013 at 7:49 PM
First off, I would rule out anything medical. The reason I say this is my 3 yr old started acting like this at about 18 months. She was the happiest baby ever, never cried, so on and so forth. All of a sudden, she would wake up crying and screaming, she wouldn't let us put her down, wouldn't walk for anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours after walking up. All of a sudden, she was mean and hitting. We noticed her right knee was severely swollen. 6 months and about 7 drs later, she was diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis. She was in extreme pain and couldn't tell us. Once we got her on appropriate meds, she was the happy little girl again.
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Starkjami
by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 7:52 PM

I feel like kids this age are always teething....last night I gave her Ibuprofen and this hasn't seemed to curve the behavior.  Also, teething has never really bothered her to the point it was drastically altering her behavior. :-/

Bmat
by Barb on Jan. 29, 2013 at 7:53 PM

Thank goodness you kept trying until something was figured out.  The reply I was thinking of for Starkjami is similar- she should look for medical reasons.  Urinary infection,  reflux, sinus headache-  rule out medical problems first.

Quoting squeakers2:

First off, I would rule out anything medical. The reason I say this is my 3 yr old started acting like this at about 18 months. She was the happiest baby ever, never cried, so on and so forth. All of a sudden, she would wake up crying and screaming, she wouldn't let us put her down, wouldn't walk for anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours after walking up. All of a sudden, she was mean and hitting. We noticed her right knee was severely swollen. 6 months and about 7 drs later, she was diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis. She was in extreme pain and couldn't tell us. Once we got her on appropriate meds, she was the happy little girl again.


Starkjami
by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 7:59 PM

She's had some sort of gastrointestinal problem going on since Thanksgiving.  Her symptoms have all changed and evolved and it's not consistent with regards to symptoms.  She's had tons of tests done on her stool to test for infections and blood in her stool, and about 9 different blood tests searching for allergies or celics etc...all we got was there was some sort of acute inflammation so the pediatric GI dr said it was acute gastroenteritis.  I don't buy it.  Going back to the doctors tomrorow because she's had bronchitis for a couple weeks now (icing on the cake)

Starkjami
by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Her appetite has decreased, her BMs are extremely foul smelling (not normal even for stool), she is tempermental and irritable which is NOTHING like her.  It's extremely frustrating

Bmat
by Barb on Jan. 29, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Poor baby. Maybe gassy.  How about a food allergy- such as milk, gluten, wheat, and so forth. Ask your doctor about this-  maybe you can try an elimination diet to see if eliminating certain foods helps, but  get the doctor's guidance.

Quoting Starkjami:

Her appetite has decreased, her BMs are extremely foul smelling (not normal even for stool), she is tempermental and irritable which is NOTHING like her.  It's extremely frustrating


Starkjami
by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 8:14 PM

I not only trialed all those diets, she also had bloodwork done to test for all those allergies.  I'm thinking possibly something like Crohns as that seems to get set off by different kinds of foods as oppose to something like Celiacs which is JUST gluten or a dairy/milk allergy.

Bmat
by Barb on Jan. 29, 2013 at 8:17 PM

I hope you all get it figured out. A specialist in such illnesses, maybe?

Quoting Starkjami:

I not only trialed all those diets, she also had bloodwork done to test for all those allergies.  I'm thinking possibly something like Crohns as that seems to get set off by different kinds of foods as oppose to something like Celiacs which is JUST gluten or a dairy/milk allergy.


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