Our 18-month-old boy has been crying/screaming in his sleep. A lot of sleeping issues. We will try and wake him up. But he continues to cry/scream with his eyes closed for up to an hour after "waking up". He had colic when he was young and has had some of these issues since birth.
His behavior is terror/scared. He wants to be held... but then he doesn't, he'll search for us, then push us away, sitting up, constantly crying the whole way through, even getting in a warm shower, eyes closed. He will open them up just enough to search for us. Then goes back to crying.
He repeats some action like low moans to screams. Anything can cause him to scream/cry. He'll cover his mouth. I think it's out of fear/in terror. She's seen him do the same thing fake crying when hes in trouble. He'll stamp his feet when standing. Again, all these things in repeat. No comfort helps him go back to sleep. No lights on, anything "wakes" him out of this state/actions. But he seems awake enough to find us. But no toys help.. barely his favorite bear. Which he'll hug or sometimes drop.
And he's terrified of his crib. Been sleeping with mom amd dad. Then when he's asleep we'll put him in crib. Only to wake up to screaming to wanting to be with us or taken care of... or the weird situation with eyes closed.