what do you do when your 4!/2 year old keeps waking you up in the middle of the night and...
calling out "mommy mommy"?
You need to find out the cause before you can decide what to do about it. Can she tell you why she is waking up? Is she having a nightmare? Does she hurt anywhere? Is she breathing normally? Does she eat anything very close to bedtime?
(My apologies for using the feminine form, if your child is a he!)
thanks Dr Wendy...she is a girl...i've asked her quite a few questions but you have given me some more choices...thanks very very much
Asking what's wrong will give some clue. Teddy bears help.
Sometimes a small night light helps.
It will pass.
I worked in a sleep research center for 5 years. One of the top centers in the world. I would recommend that you consult with a pediatric sleep center first then determine if your child should have a sleep study to find out why she is having so many disruptions in her sleep.
Do you have an animal that perhaps is waking her up? Many times if a parent allows a child to sleep with a pet it causes fragmented sleep.
Researchers are finding out that sleep deprivation can cause problematic behavior in young children that have fragmented sleep.
To find out more information on this topic you can contact: www.nationalsleepfoundation.org.
Hope this helps, Kelly R.PSG.T
My little boy went through a stage like this. I found he was waking me at the same time each night and because i was making a fuss of him it became a routine. When he went to sleep it was light but upon waking it was dark and he has never liked darkness, so we got him a little night light and if he woke up we would simply tuck him back in to bed and not make a fuss of him as before. He is now sleeping through the night again.
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