9 month old having nightmares? Please help!

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My daughter has been waking up about a half hour after I put her down for sleep and screaming and crying like she can't catch her breath and it usually takes me about a half hour to put her back to sleep but she never quite wakes up. I don't know what to do and I don't know if I should call her dr or not. Any help would be great.

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Hollie - posted on 11/18/2009

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My 10 month old does that too... The doctor said it's night terrors. :-( My younger sister also had them. My 10 month old has a giraffe that plays mellow music and that really seems to help and of course his binky.

Natasha - posted on 11/24/2009

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if your daughter is being comforted by your presence , they're more likely nightmares.try to see if there are any triggering factors during the day.if not, and if the continue, consult your doctor.
if, however, your child is not comforted by you after she gets up screaming...they are probably night terrors...ie a stage between wakefulness and deep sleep..and your child is actually not awake.it passes by itself, u really can't do much once it happens, but sleep walking is very common with this, so take care of that...and def consult your doctor.

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Try not to have heavy activity / tough play time with your baby during the day time. My ex-colleague once told me that her daughter was having same problem but after she minimizes the play during day time the problem dismissed. Have a try!

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hi its night terrors sounds like it down to a T.my daughter had these and there's nothing worst so distressing to watch them like this.it is normal and my daughter grew out of it.talk to your doctor because i found it hard to deal with but my child was getting them constantly and then out of the blue the were gone,thankfully.good luck.just to note sometimes it can be hard to soothe them back to sleep the have to calm down themselves in some children there all different.my little girl got worse if i tried to soothe her.hopefully your little daughter isn't like that it makes it easier if you can help by soothing them.i felt so helpless not being able to help her.jodi is right there very different to nightmares.the have no memory of it the next day.

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Jayme - posted on 09/28/2012

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when i read about night terrors it said that the child will most likely not even recognise the parents and will just kinda go back into a deep sleep.. nightmares are much different and the child will be comforted by mom/dad and this will happen in the time of REM... night terrors can be very sporadic and may only happen once or twice a night, nightmares can continue all night and for long periods of time apperantly..

Elizabeth - posted on 12/08/2009

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My 11 month old does that too sometimes and it started when she was around 8 or 9 months old. It really concerned me so I asked my pediatrician and she said it's night terrors and it's very common for babies to experience them from around 6 months old and up. When I pick my daughter up out of her crib she always looks a little confused. I then rock her back to sleep. I hope she grows out of this soon, because it is not a good exprerience for either of us. I hope this helps.

Stacie - posted on 12/01/2009

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my dr calls them night terrors. my son went through the same thing. ehe would wake up screaming but when i picked him up he was still sleeping. its wierd. he was sleeping and screaming at the same time. took me about a half hour to get him calmed down as well. nothing you can do though. she will grow out of it. my son doesnt have them now unless he is overstimulated with a weekend away from home or being around too many people. there is usually a cause. such as the ones i just named. she will be fine. no worries.

Jodi - posted on 10/31/2009

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my 9 month old does that sometimes too, and he started doing this around 8 months. I did some googling/research and discovered that around this time, our babies can experience "night terrors" - very different from nightmares, which occur closer to the time you actually wake up in the morning, while the night terrors happen shortly after you've initially fallen asleep. my little guy would just start screaming his head off and we'd rush into the nursery to find him there, not even awake. it was quite alarming until we found out what was actually going on. whenever this happens, we can easily soothe him back to sleep. I read that at least when this does happen - even if they wake up from it - they will have absolutely no memory of it happening. hope that helps!

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I could see that but she does fall asleep in her own bed. She's not been sleeping with me or falling asleep in my arms since she was about 6 months. I understand the separation anxiety though, I just don't know if that's it because it's not an every night thing.

Amber - posted on 10/14/2009

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It is not a nightmare its the seperation anixety in children My 5 yr old twins did that and so did my 3 yr old and now my 9 month! Its just that they go from your nice warm arms to a cold bed you can try letting her fall asleep in her bed give her a musicl mobile or a light that palys music or just lullaby CD would work let her learn to fall asleep on her own and my 9 month old is still gettin use to it leave a nightlight on too that may help so she doesnt think she was left somewhere unfamiliar

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