I'm wondering if anyone has any wisdom to share about an episode (hopefully it's only an episode!) we are experiencing with our co-sleeping 28-month-old DS. For the past couple weeks, he has been waking in the night, one or two times almost every night... and when he wakes, he starts to cry and gets himself pretty quickly into a crazy state of complete hysteria, crying, screaming, saying "go away mama" and "go away dada," unable to stop until (usually dada) figures out a way to distract him. This happens sometimes early in the night before we grownups are in bed (while he's alone in bed) but just as often when I am sleeping right next to him, and I cannot console him at all. It is awful, painful to experience. We ask him if he has boo-boos, or if he was scared, or whatever and he says NO to absolutely everything.
A lot of factors could be involved. He's had a really horrible cold for almost two weeks, in his sinuses and chest, but that seems to have cleared in the last couple days with no change in the waking. I'm pregnant (due in April) and he has recently weaned, I'm sure because my milk is gone and also because it was hurting mama. He doesn't really ask for nurse now, and says NO when I suggest it during the hysteria. A couple months ago, we stopped giving him daytime naps because he would be up very late (11 or 12) and now he usually goes to sleep fairly easily at 7:30-8ish. He's not really working on potty training, sort of interested but not using the potty. I'm wondering if this could be related to his diet? I don't really know where to start with that. It also doesn't seem like how people describe night terrors--he's clearly waking up, it's not a half-awake sleep state he's in during these episodes.
Anyone experience something like this? We'll be grateful for any advice!