Is there anything that can be done for night terrors?

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Julie - posted on 01/28/2009

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I have three kids and I can tell you the nights my son wakes up sleep walking it is because I did not  pray over our house before I went to bed.  My goal is to every night as my husband is tucking the kids into bed, I take our authority over Satan and his demons and evil spirits.  I remind them that because I am (along with my whole family) a child of the King of Kings,  Satan does not have any place in our home our around our home because we are covered with the blood of Jesus.  I then thank God for His peace that fills our home that will allow us to have a sound sleep with no bad dreams, etc.  I always close using the name of Jesus, because Jesus is the most powerful name ever.  I also pray this out loud.



This might sound strange to some, but God (The Trinity) is the only one that can read our minds and know our thoughts.  Satan, though he is powerful, he does not have the same power that our Heavenly Father has.  So if we pray silently, Satan does hear our command in the name of Jesus to be gone from our home.  Speak it out loud.  Use the Name of Jesus, and Satan and his demon will flee. 



hope this helps.

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My son had night terrors for a few years. It started at the age of 4. He is 12 now. We always prayed together before he went to sleep and asked for God's protection. He would ask God to remove all bad dreams from his head, too. Whenever our Pastor asked for prayer requests, he would hold up his little hand, and everybody knew what he was going to say. They would pray for him. I took him to a Christian book store and found a poster with a picture that was to portray the ark Angel Gabriel. We put it on his wall. As time passed his dreams went away. I believe that his faith was built up as a small child. He knew that the Lord would not allow any harm to come to him. He also decided for himself to call out the name Jesus everytime he started to have bad thoughts. He heard our Pastor preaching a sermon one night about calling on the name of Jesus when you are in trouble or need. I promise you that this worked for my little guy. I can proudly say that He is a true warrior for Christ. He is 12 yrs. old, 6ft. tall and 180 lbs.  He loves the Lord with all his heart. It is a true testimony of what the Lord can do. I will pray for your little one. Bless you !!

Sarah - posted on 01/29/2009

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My daughter is 3 and had nightmares all the time after we had her dedicated.. We started praying with her every night before bed and they stopped immediately. She always tells the 'monsters'  to "Go away in Jesus' name!"  She doesn't have nightmares anymore...Spiritual warfare is something that can affect our children as well.

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I'm a mother of five and have dealt with these when my children were around the age of 3 or 4- a time when they were really unable to voice what was scaring them.  I tried just riding it out and holding them while getting hit and kicked when they didn't understand what was going on.  I most certainly agree that prayer is the answer.  Not only does it help the situation for the child, but it also sooths the parent to turn their focus from what they themselves cannot change, but turns their focus to the One who is truly in control.  I am Pentecostal and while I am not pushing my beliefs on anyone, we believe in speaking in tongues (as God enables for giving a message) and praying in tongues (in an unlearned language that God gives the believer).  I often pray for God's peace not as I can give, but as God gives over my youngest child and then I begin praying in the prayer language that God has given me.  This is the Spirit of God praying through me for the specific need of the child when I myself do not know how to pray.  Usually my son calms down within a minute or two.  It's so much better than the 10 to 15 minutes I sometimes dealt with during my older children's episodes.  May the Lord bless you in wisdom and understanding in raising up your little one.

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two out of three of my boys had night terrors. there really isn't anything you can do except make sure they are safe. they usually do not remember them, & it is just a phase that most kids grow out of. hugs!

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Kimberly - posted on 02/02/2009

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Turned out my little one, who was having bad night terrors, had extremely bad acid reflux. She was about a year when they started. All the doctors told me there was nothing to do, just make sure they are safe. I lived through months and months of no sleep!  So I prayed about it.... Our regular pediatrician was not working at the time the yantrums started. He was going to start his own practice...To make a long story short, when he started his practice back up and we went to see him, he noticed she was horse. I told him about the night terrors and I thought it was just from her screaming and crying during the terrors.



He sent her to an Ear Nose Throat Pediatrician and she was diagnosed with an extremely bad case of Acid Reflux. The acid was eating away at her tonsils and esophogus linings.



Once, she was on the medicine. The night terrors stopped! We have been terror free for a couple of years now.



I share my story, so that others will not have to live through what i did.... Talk to your doctor, its can't hurt.  Because doesnt it seem like they are screaming in pain during the tantrum... Well my little girl was!

Julie - posted on 01/28/2009

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I have three kids and I can tell you the nights my son wakes up sleep walking it is because I did not  pray over our house before I went to bed.  My goal is to every night as my husband is tucking the kids into bed, I take our authority over Satan and his demons and evil spirits.  I remind them that because I am (along with my whole family) a child of the King of Kings,  Satan does not have any place in our home our around our home because we are covered with the blood of Jesus.  I then thank God for His peace that fills our home that will allow us to have a sound sleep with no bad dreams, etc.  I always close using the name of Jesus, because Jesus is the most powerful name ever.  I also pray this out loud.



This might sound strange to some, but God (The Trinity) is the only one that can read our minds and know our thoughts.  Satan, though he is powerful, he does not have the same power that our Heavenly Father has.  So if we pray silently, Satan does hear our command in the name of Jesus to be gone from our home.  Speak it out loud.  Use the Name of Jesus, and Satan and his demon will flee. 



hope this helps.

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Yes, pray! Pray on the armor of God (Ephesians 6:14-17 - copied and pasted below in context) Then bind and cast the enemy into the abyss in the Name and Authority of the Lord Jesus Christ. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill every place now vacated by the enemy. Ask God to return blessing instead of curse. Also, if there is anything that is connected to you, your child, your family (ie-witchcraft, occult, eastern religions, etc) that might give ground to the enemy to break into your child's dreams and thoughts. break up the ground of those things, bind and cast anything with those names or functions, and cast them into the abyss, all in the Name and Authority of the Lord Jesus Christ. Again, ask the Holy Spirit to fill every place that has been vacated by the enemy.

My husband always prays over our children as they go to sleep that their dreams would be guarded and protected by the Lord and that the enemy would have no entrance. When our pastors initially taught us to pray like this I was a bit skeptical, but I notice a difference every time we pray (before bed, in the night as necessary, before naps, etc). I even have dreams occasionally (they used to be much more frequent). Praying, asking my husband to pray with me, and also singing/speaking Jesus' Name always help.

I know there is a place for the more tangible things as well, as posted previously by others. But as Debbie Jordan says, there is a spiritual realm and we need to stand and fight back. We have authority and victory through Jesus Christ.

"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints." -Ephesians 6:10-18

Debbie - posted on 01/28/2009

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Yes indeed, this is not meant for your child.  There is a spiritual realm and it is an attack, you must fight back, talk to it just as Jesus said " behind me Satan"  say to it,  



You have no authority here, you must leave at once and never to return, In jesus name.  Pray over your house and say this house is blessed, all those in it and all those who come in.  I bind up anything not of Jesus and cast it out, in Jesus name!   I loose the spirit of God in our home. 

Shawn - posted on 01/28/2009

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My nearly nine year old son has them. What I have learned is: control his sleep times (same bed times/wake times/nap times) if he becomes overly tired they start, control the temperature (if he becomes to hot while sleeping they start), make the later part of his day less stressful (no punishments before bed). If he becomes overly anxious about something throughout the day they can trigger them as well. However, when he has them you just let them ride it out, put they back to bed (my son walks through the house, etc.) and keep their environment safe (house doors they can't unlock, etc.).

Krista - posted on 01/28/2009

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My young lady is now in 8th grade and still has night terrors occasionally, and has had them since she was little. I have never figured out what triggers them. When she was younger, as Nikki mentions below, I would hold her and talk to her til she woke from the terror or I reassured her in her sleep that all is well and took her back to bed. Most of the time she doesn't even remember coming to my room or even having the terror in the morning. Sometimes she wakens by herself, and I have found leaving a fairly bright night light on so she can immediately see where she is and that there is nothing of the terror in her room has helped. Oh well, I think sometimes the terrors are harder on Moms than they are on the kids! Hope this helps a little.

Nikki - posted on 01/28/2009

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My little guy gets them occassionally. He only gets them if he has not had his naps throughout the day and has been over stimulated. If you haven't already, try making sure they get plenty of rest throughout the day. My ped. said, just hold him and make sure he knows he is safe.

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