Help With My 5 Year Old

Brenda - posted on 08/31/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Okay so something weird is going on. The last two nights he's been waking up bawling his eyes out but won't stop whatever I do. He just kinda goes back to sleep as if he wasn't really awake. He seems to still be dreaming because he'll talk (last night he was yelling "I want that!" when there was clearly nothing there to be wanting) but I have no idea how to comfort him! He can't articulate what is going on, he says he remembers crying but he doesn't really know why. Last night it was once but the night before I ended up taking him to our bed after the third time I heard him crying in his sleep. Before that he had gone back to sleep once, and got out of bed and came to us once... any ideas suggustions? I mean, my big butt crawled up on the top bunk with him last night just to try to settle him down, and that's a feat let me tell you!

We just got him bunk beds which he loves, so he hasn't really been sleeping with us, but usually if he needs us he just comes and crawls in bed with us....

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Brenda - posted on 09/03/2010

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Well I think dad is a problem. He turns the light off when he goes to bed which initiates a bout of screaming because he doesn't like to go to sleep in the dark unless it is in our bed. *oye*

Aleks - posted on 09/03/2010

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Night terrors. My boy (who is also near 5) goes thru these now and again. He has had a couple in the last 2 weeks ( daddy doing some disciplining - is that even a word?- using scare tactics. Grrrrrr! Though after those episodes of 1 night terror and a bout of 1 nightmare made him realise he went too hard! Thank god!).
Anyway, talk to him. Ask him about school (didn't he start not that long ago?), his friends there, the teachers, etc etc. May be he is in 2 minds about the new sleeping arrangements??? Just have convo's with him, and see if you can pin point.
However, I find that nothing one can do in comforting during a night terror. One just needs to try to direct them back to sleep. Its even hard to actually wake them up during one of those - we tried during one bad one when he was younger....
Good luck :-) hope it doesn't last for long

Brenda - posted on 09/02/2010

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Well, the last two nights it hasn't happened, so maybe it (whatever it is) is over... Thanks for the Sears link, will definatey check that out.

Nikki - posted on 08/31/2010

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It could just be night terrors? Is anything happening in his life right now which could be upsetting him? Maybe have a chat and see if there is anything worrying him, it could be something really small that you may be able to help him with.

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