Night Terrors or Nightmares?

Jessica - posted on 11/12/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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So my son is 3 1/2 and he's been waking up around 2amish for the past two weeks screaming and crying. He'll stand at his door of his bedroom screaming for me but he's never fully awake. My husband usually goes to get him and we will lay him down between us and he'll calm down. I'm not sure if it's night terrors or nightmares? He so tired during the day when he does have an episode so it makes me think night terrors but on the other hand he doesn't act crazy or out of control when he has one so I think nightmares. I google it and he seems to match night terrors but I'm unsure. Has anyone else had problems with this? If so do you have any advice? It so scary to hear him screaming like someone is trying to kill him in the middle of the night!

Thanks ladies!

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Marie - posted on 11/16/2009

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It sounds a lot like night terrors. My boys have had them, they will be standing there screaming, I say thier names and they don't really respond. So then I just guide them back into bed and make sure that they are calmed down. They don't have to act crazy or out of control when they have them for them to be night terrors. Unfortunately , there really is no treatment out there for them, so we are stuck just dealing with them the best that we can.

Jessica - posted on 11/13/2009

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thanks hun, I will try that. It seems to start after I got laid off from my job (permantly) so maybe he's stressed? I mean we are comfortable finacially and we don't have money troubles but I noticed it started then. Plus he is afraid of "waa waas" in his room (as he always says) which I talk to him about but I'm still unsure what they are. But I will try talking to him before bedtime about his fears. He fell asleep in my bed lastnight and we put him in his bed and he didn't wake up screaming lastnight thankfully. So he slept better. Thank you for the advice I'll give it a try:0)

Crystal - posted on 11/12/2009

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my sons father actually has night terrors so when our son started doing it i was corcerned. i took him to the dr. and well the advice i was given was if it was happening around the same time at night to wake him up at that time befor it happens (pain in the butt, but i tried) i would wake him take him potty then put him back to bed. didnt make a difference for my son. how ever what i did was go against everything and started letting him decide where he wanted to go to sleep (he was allowed anywhere but my bed) and oddly they the nightmares, night terrors have stopped. not totally but have stopped from the nightly screaming, it went from nightly to maybe once a month now. maybe try talkin to him and find out if he feels his room/ bed are scary or not and what the two of you can do to make it more relaxing place for him. and no matter what it is nightmares or terrors their all scary and not much of anything they can do for either from what we have be told and researched. good luck i would like to know how it all works out...

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