my 5 year olds night terrors

Michelle - posted on 09/18/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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HI all

Would like a bit of advise about night terrors.

My little girl Paige is 5 and has really bad night terrors, she starts of by crying then gets really hysterical running round the room trying to talk but is still asleep. We have a 2 bedroom house and she has to share a room with her sister, and a couple of times i have found her trying to get into the cot.

I have spoke to the doctor and health visitor and they say to not talk to her or try to calm her down but to let her get on with it, but its really hard to not do anything when she is so bad.

If anyone has any advise i would be really grateful

Thanks Shell xx

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Michelle - posted on 09/21/2009

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thanks everyone for the advise. I'll try and do the things you all sugested thanks for the help.

shell xxxx

Jaimie - posted on 09/20/2009

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Oh man!! let me tell you my son had night terrors since he was about 2 years old. he just finally started sleeping threw the night! and he's 5. he still sometimes wakes up crying but not as bad. I know how you feel, when your child is screaming for you and crying, scratching them selves (my son did), and there was nothing you could do to make it better. If you talk to them it makes it worse or touch them. This is what i discovered don't give her any meds with MAOI's in it, that in my expierence made them worse, and try cracking a window next to the bed so the cool n ight air gets in. Our doc said if i can get my son to night air and it helps!! just going to have to let it run it's course unfortantly but there are some tips for you to try and make it a little easier. GOOD LUCK!!

Kimberlyann - posted on 09/19/2009

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I know how frightening this is...my daughter who is 5 also wakes up every night (usually around the same time - 3:30am) petrified of her "bad dreams"...I have tried everything to understand what is happening...she cries out, yells in shreaks, it's heart wrenching sometimes...when she does wake, she can't remeber any of it...The best we can do is warm hugs, and open arms...I can't imagine how scary it is for them. My pediatrician recommended nothing to eat after 7pm, and only a sip or two of water before bed, along with some calming music (so we have a small cd player on her dresser) that we play until she goes to sleep...If anything, I'm here for support as I know as a mom how helpless it feels.

Crystal - posted on 09/18/2009

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aww it must be very hard for u both.. but i have also heard not to wake them etc unless they are harming themself or others.



I hope she grows out of it soon for u both

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