Baby nightmares? My baby is waking up screaming!

Joanne - posted on 02/12/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )

3

12

0

My girl is 8 1/2 months old, the past couple of nights she has gone to bed fine and slept for a while but then all of a sudden wakes up screaming and then wont go back to sleep in her cot. Do babies have nightmares at this age??

MOST HELPFUL POSTS

Tina - posted on 02/17/2010

14

5

1

My daughter is 7 1/2 months and the same type of thing is happening to her. She has been fast asleep and all of a sudden she will scream out. It is very loud through the monitor and I usually wake up in a panic. WHen I go in there is looking up crying, and you can tell she is waiting for me. When I pick her up she usually will go back to sleep for me, but sometimes she seems to frazzled. does anyone know if there is anything to do help them at all? Sometimes I feel so bad because my daughter seems very upset!!

Nicola - posted on 02/18/2010

5

7

0

My daughter has been doing this since she was born. She is happy to go to sleep, but in her sleep she suddenly starts screaming. She screams until I wake her. As soon as she is awake I put her back in her cot and she goes strait back to sleep. She does this two or 3 times a night and now at 71/2 months still hasn't slept through. It makes no difference if she is in my bed or her cot, if she is teething or not. It does seem to be worse after she has had a busy day seeing lots of people or going to lots of places.

Heather - posted on 02/18/2010

11

55

0

I was wondering about baby nightmares because Rachel woke up a few nights ago crying and shaking and I tried to soothe her but I had to sit up and give her another bottle and she NEVER takes a bottle in the middle of the night. What could they possibly have bad dreams about at this age? She just turned 8 months.

Anna - posted on 02/18/2010

2

20

0

This has been happening for a few weeks now. She is 8.5 months old. I personally don't think it's baby nightmares. I have read about growth spurts, which they have at 3 months, 6 months, and 9 months. My daughter always had her growth spurts one month early, but then she would go back to sleeping through the night. I think what has been going on with her and probably your child too is a mixture of growth spurt and teething. Try giving her teething tablets or nightime orajel. That has helped tremendously. I won't say it will stop her from waking up in the night, but it does help. Also, the most restful deep sleep a baby gets is before midnight, after that she is in a lighter sleep that she can easily awake from.

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

20 Comments

View replies by

Yanni - posted on 06/05/2014

1

0

0

The same thing with my son .. He just started Having night mares .. He cries in his sleep and breathe hard. But I did what you said and Prayed and rebuked evil spirits and Read the Bible out loud.. Thank you

Lauren - posted on 08/05/2012

1

0

0

My husband and I just got a 4 month old foster son and and the last couple night he has cried out in his sleep but when we check on him he's still asleep but doesn't want to touched or anything. He tries to get away from us. The only conclusion that I can reach is that he is having baby nightmares. But last night it took me almost 20 minutes to sooth him back to his deep restful sleep by "shhhing" him and singing. He was kicking and pushing me, trying to get away from me the whole time. But he never opened his eyes. Eventually he was back asleep all the way and I was able to lay him back in his crib. But it was kinda scary. Poor baby. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Baby is great resource though.

Kesra - posted on 02/21/2010

12

4

1

well my 7 month old son always screams in his sleep. sometimes i dont know wat to do .he must have bad dreams because he screams out EVERY NIGHT..........

Emma - posted on 02/17/2010

4

35

0

My son is 8 months and this has been happening the odd nite also! Jus pick him up and calm him down and he goes back into his cot in his own room!!

Kerin - posted on 02/17/2010

6

22

0

My son used to wake up screaming it was scary , my personal opinion i believe tha babies are inocent i dont think they can have nightmare, but i do believe that they can see the spiritual world as angels and demonds, sometimes while he sleep he smiles.. as a beliver in God, when this thing happend i stared praying n rebuking any bad spirit in my house and it works the baby sleeps in peace the rest of his nights..

Chelsea - posted on 02/17/2010

1

26

0

This has happened to our daughter as well, as early as 6 months of age. It seems to be a nightmare as she doesn't appear to have any other issues when we check on her. We haven't had trouble with getting her back to sleep in her crib though after baby nightmares. I don't have any ideas for that. :(

Staci - posted on 02/16/2010

8

15

0

My son, Trenton, used to have baby nightmares. He had them when he was as little as 4 months old. He be sleeping and crying while he was still sleeping, this is how I knew they were baby nightmares. If you are truly concerned, your doctor may be able to help you. Trenton grew out of his, though. Your little girl may do the same.

Kathleen - posted on 02/16/2010

4

7

0

My son has similiar issues. Most of the time he can sooth himself back to sleep, but sometimes, he wakes up screaming..almost in terror. It is really scary. I am going to look into the baby nightmare thing. I think that this is different than normal baby waking issues. He is my third child and my first two never had issues like this..

Darina - posted on 02/16/2010

1

13

0

My son is 8 months old and the same has happened to us for two weeks. I am sure it is teething problems not baby nightmares.

Christie - posted on 02/15/2010

5

5

0

My husband seems to think so. Katie would wake up crying sometimes. We would just pick her up with a low "shhh" until she was okay (usually conks back out, and we'd just lay her back down in her crib :)

Jane - posted on 02/14/2010

11

17

0

I'm no expert, but I have the book "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" and there is a section that explains how babies often wake up at a part of their sleep cycle. Sometimes they will stir, sometimes wake up and return to sleep, and sometimes cry out. My little guy does this occasionally, although he usually just falls back to sleep after a brief outburst. Some babies are good at getting themselves back to sleep while others aren't. Perhaps your little girl can't get herself back to sleep once awake and becomes more distraught? The book talks about teaching our babes to soothe themselves back to sleep. Just a thought... and it might be worth trying. I wish you luck!

Stephanie - posted on 02/13/2010

2

6

0

I wonder the same thing about my daughter! She's 8 1/2 months as well. Sometimes she will be completely asleep and will cry out a little then stop then continue until she wakes herself up and then screams. When I come in her room she will be sobbing and it takes me a while to calm her down so she can go back to sleep. Does anyone know if this is normal? Why is my baby waking up screaming?

Marie - posted on 02/13/2010

5

4

1

Hi i hope these two websites help you... my eldest daughter who is 4 has suffered from night terrors since she was 2 1/2 there is nothing i can do but reading up on them is great help....



if your little girl is staying awake she is prob having nightmares which is different than night terrors as night terrors they just fall back asleep...... but i read up on something interesting that babies from when they are born they can dream so maybe she is having nightmares....

very interesting reading

http://www.drgreene.com/qa/truth-about-d...

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/toddler/slee...



hope these help

Chelsea - posted on 02/17/2010

1

26

0

This has happened to our daughter as well, as early as 6 months of age. It seems to be a nightmare as she doesn't appear to have any other issues when we check on her. We haven't had trouble with getting her back to sleep in her crib though after baby nightmares. I don't have any ideas for that. :(

Staci - posted on 02/16/2010

8

15

0

My son, Trenton, used to have baby nightmares. He had them when he was as little as 4 months old. He be sleeping and crying while he was still sleeping, this is how I knew they were baby nightmares. If you are truly concerned, your doctor may be able to help you. Trenton grew out of his, though. Your little girl may do the same.

Darina - posted on 02/16/2010

1

13

0

My son is 8 months old and the same has happened to us for two weeks. I am sure it is teething problems not baby nightmares.

Stephanie - posted on 02/13/2010

2

6

0

I wonder the same thing about my daughter! She's 8 1/2 months as well. Sometimes she will be completely asleep and will cry out a little then stop then continue until she wakes herself up and then screams. When I come in her room she will be sobbing and it takes me a while to calm her down so she can go back to sleep. Does anyone know if this is normal? Why is my baby waking up screaming?

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms