My previously lovely, funny, joyful toddler has been cranky for going on about 2 weeks. I realize that kids this age flow in and out of phases where they're not so flexible but I wonder if maybe more is going on for my LO. Maybe I can share some of the possible connections and members can share their opinions about potential contributing factors?
First, I am a student and last semester my DC was awesome about going to her father and other family for care while I was at school. At the end of the semester I even slow-started her at a pre-K and she adjusted like a champ. Then the winter break came and we were major home-bodies. I wanted to give my family a break from helping with child care so DC and I spent A LOT of time together.
When she started back to pre-K she was super clingy and was not comfortable with me even leaving the room. Now, she's become fearful of being with her dad even. I used to be able to leave her with absolutely NO problems (I've even done two long weekends away with absolutely NO problems). Now she's freaked out when I go downstairs.
Do you think it's just the extra time together/lack of care from others that is making her so clingy? Do you think that after a short adjustment period when I start back at school will "fix" her?
The other possible connection is that she got sick about 10 days ago. She started getting super cranky about 10 days ago, then a couple days after that she got a fever for a couple of days. During that time she had enough energy to be pretty cranky during those days. Then, about 2 days after the fever she started vomiting. That lasted one day and I figured she was on the mend. Except that it's been a few days since that and her mood hasn't really improved.
If she weren't sleeping fairly well, I'd suspect an ear infection. Also, she isn't complaining about any pain so I hadn't considered that as a cause. But, maybe I'm making some assumptions about my toddler based on how her sister dealt with illness.
I'm thinking of taking her in to check for possible strep (we've never had that -- would strep cause this cranky mood?) or an ear infection. Has anyone had a child with an ear infection that wasn't in more obvious pain when reclining?
I'm normally pretty relaxed about cranky phases for this age but the timing is pretty crappy -- back to school tomorrow. Sigh.