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Question 21- My 1 year old takes terrible naps plus CIO problem.

From: KC


My son is 1 year old and he sleeps great at night but he takes terrible naps. He will nap for about 30 minutes on his own then he wakes up crying and will continue to cry for up to 30-45 minutes if I don't get him.

When I get him he will sleep on me for another 1 1/2 - 2 hours. I just can't be tied down for this long anymore.

Do you have any suggestions. I have tried letting him cry but like I said he will cry forever if I let him.

Please help!

Answer Provided by Sandman
August 20, 2008

My opinion is CIO is the worst option when it comes to infant sleep.

Sounds like a sleep disorder may be happening. Try watching him sleep, a video of him sleeping would be better. During sleep if he is making noise, moving around a lot, sweats, breaths through his mouth, or makes extra effort to breath, you should take him to a pediatric sleep specialist who is boarded in sleep medicine.

Taking care of these problems early in life is very important. He may be sleeping better in your arms because of the position he is in. There are other sleep disorders that can cause disrupted sleep and should be checked for, however, difficulty breathing during sleep is the most common.

If your child is sleeping like a baby in bed, no problems, then the problem is behavioral. There are psychologist who are boarded in sleep that can help with this issue.

Best wishes and Sweet dreams,


Disclaimer, I am not an MD and my opinions should not be taken as medical advice. If you feel that you need assistance with medications and/or diagnosis, you should seek medical advice from a qualified physician.

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