What’s your child telling you when he/she wakes up wailing at night?

1. Routine Crying

  •  Usually attributed to disruptions in your child’s normal schedule.
  •  It may be time for your child to eat/sleep, or your child may be overstimulated.

Children expressing excessive crying

What Helps :

  • Try hugging/walking with your child, which provide motion and body contact.
  • White-noise (sounds that mask other sounds that might occur naturally in an environment) such as fan in the room may help.

Comforting your crying child

2. Sheer Hunger

Children may cry at night due to hunger.

What Helps:

Give your child light snack eg a cup of warm milk before putting him/her to bed.

3. Hunger-Gas-Crying Cycle

If a child is eating or drinking too fast, he/she might gulp excessive air, thus trapping gas in the stomach.

What Helps:

Give light snack in between meals before he/she becomes very hungry.

4. Sensitive or Delicate Tummy

Persistent crying unrelated to hunger, sleep, or general discomfort may be attributed to digestion issues due to milk intolerancei

What Helps:

Consult your doctor to determine if your child might have milk intolerance. A change of formula with easy to digest protein (partially hydrolysed proteins) and is lower in lactose may help.

5. Nightmares

Nightmares terrors may be more likely to occur if a child is sick or sleep-deprived.

What Helps:

Sooth your child by talking to him/her and reassure him/her that nightmares were not real.

6. Other Discomforts

  • A room that's grown too hot/cold.
  • Sickness.

What Helps:

  • If you have tried all tips above and your child’s condition is not improving, talk to your doctor.
  • If you suspect sickness, check his/her temperature; a rectal temperature over 38°C warrants a visit to the nearest clinic as soon as possible.


i) https://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/digestive-diseases-lactose-int...