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The last 2 nights my DS (17mos) has had a period of time where he was acting very oddly. He would scream/cry and be very hard to console. I would try to nurse him but he would only suck for a few seconds then pull off upset. He would sometimes (but sometimes not) calm down if I held him upright with his head resting on my shoulder, but would soon want to go into a cradle position again, sometimes not try to nurse (would cry instead) but sometimes nurse a few seconds, but start crying again. He has done this both nights at 9 or 9:30pm, so basically the same time each night. Last night he did it for about 15 minutes, then I got in the bath with him and then he went right to sleep. Tonight he went to bed really early but woke up after 2hrs and acted the same way for a little while. Once calm, I tried rocking him while he was cuddling with his head on my shoulder. Then rocked while nursing, then tried to lay down with him while nursing, then finally gave teething tablets and bach's rescue remedy, then it STILL took forever for him to nurse down to sleep. All this took over an hour and a half! There were many times he was almost asleep but wouldn't actually fall asleep.<br><br>
Not sure what is up. We have both been sick for over a week with a bad cold and cough but he's been a lot better. It's at the end of the illness. We were on vacation last week and there was a 3 hr time difference. We just returned home Sunday so he could still be very off schedule. He could be teething, which could also explain why he wanted to nurse so much today. I'm not sure what else it could be...any ideas? This was just such strange behavior with the crying/screaming deal. Had both my husband and I clueless and dumbfounded.
 

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Which teeth are you expecting him to cut next? Your description of his behavior sounds very familiar to me -- My DD recently had 3 molars come through at once, and she had hard-to-console crying and refused to nurse for more than a moment after latch on during this time, especially at night. This lasted a few nights in a row, off and on, for several weeks.<br><br>
Teething tablets didn't seem to do much to quell the pain for DD for her molars. Well, nothing did really. She did really appreciate something frozen to chew on, though it didn't help for more than a few minutes.<br><br>
Molars are an entirely different animal than the front teeth were, in our experience. I have also heard that the canines are also very painful to cut through, hopefully we won't get several canines coming through at once.
 

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He has his first 4 molars already and he did fine with those. He is usually a really good teether. His lateral incisors bothered him more than his molars - but not like the way he has been acting. We are still waitin gon 1 lateral incisor. He does not have the canines yet, and he is in the right age frame for those. So it could be those. It's hard to look and see if anything is happening b/c he doesn't like me to look in his mouth, but from feeling with my finger I didn't feel anything coming through anywhere.<br><br>
So I know it could be teething, although he has never acted like this while teething before. But it could very well be bothering him more now if that is what it is.
 

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actually kind of sounds like night terrors to me. My DS will just start screaming his head off in the middle of the night and nothing we do will make him feel better because he just won't wake up. We just have to ride it out until he settles back down. Sometimes it take a few minutes and sometimes its hours. I think it may relate to leg pain from a growth spurt, they seem to coincide with each other. I remember how bad my legs used to hurt from growing pains when I was a kid.
 

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I always just presumed dd had a bad dream when she does/did that. You know how you'd wake up, but still have that yucky emotional hangover after a bad dream? You still feel the same as you did while dreaming for a short while?<br><br>
Now that she's older I'll just ask her 'did you have a bad dream, sweetie?' She usually says yes.
 

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I don't think it can be night terrors or bad dreams. The first night it happened he had not been asleep yet. He usually goes to bed between 8:30 and 9:30. The first night it happened at 9 before he had gone to bed. The 2nd night he happened to go to bed early at 7:30 but woke up at 9:30. He wouldn't go back to sleep so I let him get up and after being awake for about 10 minutes he started into this strange behavior again. So it is not something he does right out of sleep, especially the first night when he hadn'teven been sleeping.<br><br>
Otherwise, yes, I would agree it was night terrors if he had been sleeping.
 

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Could he have an ear infection? I say that only because you said you guys are just getting over an illness, he likes his head raised and sometimes cries when nursing. You also mentioned it happens at night. From what you describe, it sounds very similar to what my friend describes when her sone had a mild ear infection.<br><br>
The only other thing it sounds like is teething. It sounds like my daughter right now whoo is getting in her 2 upper canines.<br><br>
Hope you solve the mystery soon!<br><br>
Diana <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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