Crying it Out Method Doesn't Work for Us

I know a lot of moms use the "crying it out" method, but it just doesn't work for us. Instead of crying himself to sleep, my seven month old just gets more and more hysterical. I've tried waiting 15 minutes, comforting him, then leaving his site for another 15 minutes, but he actually goes into hysterics and hyperventilates. At this point, I let him cry until it gets too extreme, and then give in. I'm hoping as he gets older and understands that I'm not abandoning him, he'll learn to self soothe and relax on his own.

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        We tried it at about that age but he just would get so worked up he would get sick. I couldn't do it any longer. Now that he is older I let him cry because he is old enough to understand and you can tell that the crying is just him throwing a fit and if I ever hear his "I'm in distress" cry I go get him.
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        05/21/14
        Tristen has. The first night after we had decided he was old enough, we let him cry for about 20 minutes. It was rough! But it was that purely throwing a fit cry where he was mostly just screaming at us kind of thing. Then the next few weeks, nothing. He was good. He still tries every once in a while to get us to go in there. But it doesn't last long.
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