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Two Year Old Having Panic Attacks at Bedtime

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I have a 2.5 year old girl who has never had a sleeping issue in her in life. She has always napped for 3-3.5 hours in the afternoon and around 10-11 hours at night. She transitioned into a big bed at 2 years old and still never had an issue until a week ago. One random day, she started to panic about taking a nap and that night the same thing happened. This same week, she had her first ear infection that was horrendous according to her pediatrician. Since then, she begins to panic about going to bed and will only sleep on a pallet on her floor. While I do think the ear infection compounded the situation, I don't know if this is a separation anxiety issue and how to handle it. I can usually calm her down by reading books, but as the books nears the end, the panic ensues. Any suggestions?

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