why would my 4 year old daughter cry almost every night?

Anien - posted on 09/01/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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she hust cries/wake-up every night? when i go to her, she is so sleepy, she can't tell me why she is crying or woke-up

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Katrina - posted on 09/01/2009

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A few things come to mind, one being night terrors, the other being a feeling of un saftey.

My son use to wake up from nightmares all the time and it took me a few months to find out from him that he was feeling unsafe in the house we lived in. From that night on we started letting him lock the doors to the house and checking that the windows were closed, he never woke up feeling unsafe again. Also make sure there is nothing that might be biting her in her sleep. if a child wakes up from something hurting them they tend to use it on a regular basis for dreams.



Hope this helps.

Ariel - posted on 09/01/2009

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My daughter use to do this also and it was night terrors which are way different then just nightmares. They wake up screaming and feeling unsafe. A couple of thing we did to help ease this was we put christmas lights up in her room and stopped tv before bed. We also gave her a radio in her room for noise. You would be surprised at the things they hear and what they think they are. Storm is 7 and still has a nightmare once in a while but it nothing compared to the night terrors she had.

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Michelle - posted on 09/01/2009

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My 4yo daughter often wakes up crying because of growing pains. I rub her legs and give her a Junior Tylenol and then she goes back to sleep.

ANGIE - posted on 09/01/2009

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my son used to cry in his sleep and he didnt know he was even crying. turns out he was having nightmares that he didnt remember at the time, but a week later he would remember them. i say sleep with her for a few nights, if her bed is big enough then sleep in her room with her, at least until she goes to sleep. usually just knowing that you are there when they fall asleep helps. sleeping in my girls room helped her, but ian still has a few bad nights, it is something that they have to grow out of sometimes.if it gets worse, or doesnt get better, then i'd take her to the dr.

Lori - posted on 09/01/2009

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let her sleep with you for a few nights, cuddle up with her build a closeness so that a bond forms and then maybe she'll trust you enough to tell you also see if she stops crying.........my mom's a psychologist at kansas state, there could be several factor's for why she's doing this if she's not wetting the bed/ that's a good thing most abused children wet the bed..........it could just very well be an attachment issue, did anyhing different happen in her life lately first day of school etc........

Morgan - posted on 09/01/2009

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i dont have experiance with that myself but i have to agree with the teresa- i would take her to a psychologist just to make sure there isnt something going on at a deeper level.

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If she won't tell you, I would suggest taking her to see a child psychologist. Anxiety, there maybe someone in her life that has made some threat that she is too scared to tell you about. A neutral party that understands children can be very helpful.

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