10mth old sleep troubles

Joannah - posted on 08/04/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My 10mth old son has recently been waking up during the night screaming to a point where his breathing heavily and seems like something is bothering him. I googled a few things and night terrors have come up on my list as he fits the catergorie of th symptoms of night terrors. I have taken him to the docs and everything is fine and he is teething but not to the point where his screaming like he has been. I just want anyones help that has advice on this? if they have been through this? going through it? or knows anything about it? im really worried and i have seen an earlychild hood nurse and she is not concerned but i am. Please any advice would be appericated. By the way i am cosleeping with him so it cant be seperation anxiety.

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Jennifer - posted on 08/17/2010

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My oldest has had night terrors off and on since he was about a year old. He is now 9 and one of my twins (who are 10 mths old) has started having them. Unfortunately the only thing to do is calm them down, and send them back to bed. They are often more frightening for you than they are for the child. They often don't even remember them. With my oldest, we have gone years without having them, and then they will come back. My Ped. has said they are a sign of stress/fear. They are scary but, please be reassured that they will only last a week or so at a time. Just cuddle him, and calm him and put him back to bed. Be forewarned, however, night terrors can and sometimes do turn into sleepwalking as they get older.

Ashley - posted on 08/17/2010

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Most of the time she seems to be asleep when I get in there to check on her. Either that or she just woke up and the terrified look on her face just makes me feel terrible for her. I usually just spend a few minutes comforting her and if she's hungry I'll feed her a bottle. It seems to work for me.

April - posted on 08/17/2010

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My son wakes up often in the middle of the night I'm not sure why, but we leave a bottle in his crib and as long as there is food in it, he will just eat and go back to sleep. But what you're describing sounds more like night terrors.

When you go in there does he seem to be aware of you or is it like he's still asleep? If he seems to still be asleep it's definitely night terrors. I think they grow out of it, there's not much you can do to soothe them as they're not really awake. Hopefully it passes soon, I'm sorry.



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Christine - posted on 08/16/2010

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my daughter doesn't scream but she does wake up frequently through the night. And the doctors say she is fine.

Ashley - posted on 08/15/2010

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My little girl Aislynn is doing the same thing. She is also teething. Like you the dr. doesn't seem to be too worried. I have found that usually it is occuring at regular times each night, I have set an alarm for myself and try to rouse her a little each night before they start. Not enough to fully wake her but enough that the terrors don't start. It has worked for me. I also put a nightlight in her room, it seems to help.

Elizabeth - posted on 08/15/2010

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Our 10 month old has also been having some sleeping problems these last few weeks. At first it seemed like teething, and she now has one of her top front teeth coming through and we think she has been working on the other one. Still, it seems like it should have come through by now. The other thing is some nights she is up repeatedly crying and screeching every 15-20 mins. Some nights she does this at the beginning of the night and then sleeps the rest of the night through. She is definitely working on all those skills--pulling up, cruising, crawling, climbing, standing, etc. Does she just need a refresh on sleep training after the teething nights? Or is it night terrors? This last doesn't really seem to fit to me....

Monique - posted on 08/15/2010

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My Daughter is 10months and last week she was waking randomly screaming, i got a night light and it seemed to sort the problem out... I now have the problem of her waking in the night? Honor took herself of her milk at about 9months. She now has 3mashed up rusks with 4oz of milk. Can any1 suggest anything? Honor also heaves quite alot during feeds? Health visitor says its normal? Do any of you have this problem?

Debbie - posted on 08/14/2010

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My 9 month old has been doing this for the last week or two. Her crib is in the bedroom with us...so we have to be so super quiet when we go to bed because she's a light sleeper sometimes. We did put a nightlight that will play music and hooks to the crib, it's sense activated, it seems to help a little bit. I don't know of any real advice, just know that you are not alone. It seems to happen to everyone. I kinda think its just a phase, I read somewhere that sometimes if they have reached a new milestone, like walking or crawling or something like that. It can sometimes interrupt their sleep, like they want to be awake to practice this new skill or something.

Tiffany - posted on 08/14/2010

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My daughter does this sometimes...usually during her day time nap or around 2AM...It could very well be night terrors. When this happens, I give her the binky and rub her chest and just soothe her the best I can until she can fall back asleep. Sometimes I have to pick her up and rock her/rub her back. It will get better. There is nothing wrong with your baby, this is completely normal. If your doctors cleared him then I wouldn't worry, even though I know it's hard not to worry when you see your baby scared or upset. Hang in there!

Jennifer - posted on 08/14/2010

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my son has been doing the same thing its scary.. guess i'll just keep his night light on instead of turning it off when he goes to sleep

Kristy - posted on 08/14/2010

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Joannah, my older son (2.5 yrs) has had these night terrors on and off for months now. The reason that the doctors and child heath nurse aren't concerned is because your child is not aware of what is going on. If you've Googled 'night terrors' you'll find that it quite often happens in the early hours of the morning (before about 1-2am) and it happens when the child is between sleep states, which means he is not in a deep sleep but somewhere in the middle. They recommend that you don't wake the child as that can make them disorientated and make it worse.
It's hard to watch, I know, but there's not a lot you can do. We've tried (and medical types recommend) making sure that he doesn't get overtired during the day or before he goes to bed. Sometimes when they are in the middle of an episode it does help to pick them up and walk to a cooler/warmer spot (ie. the next room) for a minute? Singing to them won't really help because they aren't conscious of what is happening. It's not the same as a nightmare, where the child is scared and then wakes up - during a night terror they can be looking at you but not even know you are there. It's not hurting him (strange as that seems) because he doesn't know it's happening and will have no memory of it later on.
You are not creating the situation, it's not separation anxiety or anything like that, it's just a genetic disposition the child has to experiencing this type of thing. I'm hoping my younger son (10 mths) doesn't have them too...
He will grow out of it eventually!! It may take a while though, so I hope this helps in the meantime :)

Sharon - posted on 08/06/2010

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My little guy has been crying in his sleep. I'll go in there and touch him or cuddle him and he seems to calm down, or sometimes he'll need his dummy to stop the crying. He never wakes up, just cries really hard in his sleep. I thought it was probably night terrors or some sort of bad dreams. He's been doing it about 2-3 times a night for the past couple of weeks, and it's always in the early part of the night, up to about 1am, after that he seems fine for some reason.

Blanca - posted on 08/06/2010

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Sofia has been doing that for the past couple of weeks as well. As soon as I pick her up, she goes right back to bed but will do it 2 or 3 times a night.

I don't know if you are a religious person or not, but if you aren't you can stop reading now. If you are, my aunt suggested to read this prayer. It has to be done over three days and 3 different people have to read it to them. Tonight is my last night so I am hoping it works. I feel so bad for my baby because she wakes up soooo scared!!!

If you find something that works for you, please let me know!

Amanda - posted on 08/04/2010

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Does he have a night light? my son did that the other night and it took me a good 7 to 10 minutes to clam him down. but i think that its because his routine has changed. we just moved and he is not used to everything yet. Has anything changed in your house? New pets... Anything different?

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