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2 year old waking at night

My 2 year old girl has been a very easy girl, great sleeper through the night since 5 weeks of age or so. She used to go to bed readily and settle in and sleep well. Lately she has seemed to have a behavioral change creep in to our routine where she wants to be with us (parents) rather than be in the bed. She cries as we put her to bed, but not for more than a few minutes. However, she will wake in the night and scream and cry for us to come to her and she wants us to hold her and she smiles and snuggles. This is usually around 2 a.m. or later. Maybe between sleep cycles. She is right at 2 years of age. I have given her homeopathic teething tablets from time to time to aid in teething. Any ideas on a remedy that could help her be secure, calm and sleep easy regularly? Let me know if you need further info. Thanks.
  KSmom101 on 2015-05-12
This is just a forum. Assume posts are not from medical professionals.
I suppose instead of any medicine the kid needs a change in the behavioural change by parents.

Actually as the child grows it develops all sorts of emotions (depending upon the environment it gets in home & society)and one of the most disturbing emotions is fear of being left out. In other words we can say a sense of insecurity.

Since she sleeps well when going to bed but wakes up around mid night clearly shows that she is missing your presence.
At the time of sleeping she is sure that you are there but by mid night you are not seen & hence the fear.

I suggest that for coming few days till she develops self assurance of safety DO sleep with her & hug & cuddle as much as you can during the sleep ONLY.
Another important thing that you will have to do is to leave her free & alone during the day time so that she develops the self confidence of staying alone & not feel insecure.

It will require some changed pattern of the behavior of parents.
Personally, I do not feel she needs any medicine.
daktersaab 7 years ago
Dr Saab has given good advice here.

At 2 years old is when the child starts
to realize they are independent from the
parents. They do behavior such as making
sure you are there, and then going away
into another room by themselves, and then
looking to see if you are still there.

And also the start of what they call the
"terrible two's" where they don't want to
share things ( they are learning how to
"own" things) and will have tantrums where you
have to pick your battles over what is ok
and not really ok.

These things pass but they are a necessary
part of learning about being a separate human
simone717 7 years ago

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