My toddler son has recently discovered how to scream at the top of his lungs, it seems. It sounds like he's being murdered or something. When he cries and wants something, he does this usually now. He's about 16 months old and this started about a week ago.
Also about the same time he started waking up constantly at night when nobody is with him. We've actually had him sleeping in his own room in his crib since he was about 8 months old and it's never been a big issue (occasional wake-ups, especially when teething, but nothing major).
We did a little traveling right before Christmas time, so he slept in the same room as us in a crib provided by the hotel. I'm not sure if this has anything to do with his sudden attachment to having us in the same room.
As of 2 nights ago, he only will be quiet and lay back down if his mother is the one who comforts him. I used to be able to, but not any more.
By "comfort" I mean, just be present in the same room as him. As soon as he sees either of us (well now just her) he would lay down, close his eyes and go to sleep. This makes me think that he's not in pain or sick or anything, but I could be wrong.
I've never gotten angry with him, but last night I found myself yelling at the top of my lungs partially out of anger and frustration but also just to get my voice over his and I finally had to just walk out of the house. I don't know what has changed with him. We had a few nights back in town (since traveling for xmas) where he was fine by himself in his crib.
summary / tl;dr; in the last week my son developed the following annoying behaviors:
- Screams at the top of his lungs
- Needs someone in the room with him while he sleeps (and has an uncanny ability to detect when we're not there and wake up)
- The last 2 nights he has only responded positively (by shutting the h*ll up) when his mom is the one to enter the room.
A couple other things to note:
- We noticed him tugging on his left ear today during the day. I thought possibly it was an ear infection, but I haven't noticed him doing it at all at night while this mayhem is occurring.
- I think he might be teething (he seems to always be teething and it's usually pretty manageable with some Tylenol - but that's not preventing him from waking and screaming his head off)
- I haven't gotten angry with him besides tonight, and I can't think of anything that would have changed that is making him demand Mom only. We usually take turns but the last 2 nights it's been her only because if I enter the room it's just as bad, if not worse, than before.
Anybody know what I can do to calm this behavior? Or what I can do to help my wife? Or what could be causing such a behavior?
Btw, it's 7am right now and we've hardly slept more than an hour maybe tonight. He's screaming as I type this and somehow my wife has slept through it (pure exhaustion is my guess), but if I go there it changes nothing. At worst, he was waking up about 5 minutes or less after she leaves the room. There was one point tonight where he maintained his sleep for about 1.5 hours straight but he just woke up a few minutes ago.