Our 17 month old son has for a few nights now, taken to waking up at the same time every night and crying and screaming as if in terrible fear. He calms as soon as we pick him up and cuddles us tight and won’t let go.
Is this separation anxiety?
He was removed at birth and came to us at 7.5 months and has from Day 1 slept brilliantly – 12-14 hours at night plus 2 one hour naps during the day.
This can happen up to 5 times a night after 10pm. He’ll go down no problem at bedtime and doesn’t mind the dark. It’s as if he’s having nightmares or terrors but is he too young for this?
How do we manage it? We go in and pick him up and cuddle him each time as our presence just isn’t enough; he needs the physical comfort (which we always give him).
It’s worth mentioning he’s not hungry / doesn’t need a nappy change and isn’t teething.
The only saving grace is that his sister is a heavy sleeper and doesn’t stir! We however, are shattered plus we’re worried about him.
We’ve never experienced this period of babyhood before and it’s come out of the blue. No change of routine etc.
Thank you for any replies.