My 16 month old son has been waking up at night crying & screaming.Nightmares this young?

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Crystal - posted on 04/28/2009

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It's completely normal to have nightmares and night terrors at this age. My son would wake up at 2 a.m. screaming, so I would go in and hold him until he was calm and he'd go back to sleep. There's not much else you can do. Good luck.

Kirstin - posted on 04/26/2009

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I have heard its called night terrors. My son went through it for a little bit. Woke screaming went in gave him a few cuddles and he went back to sleep. My friend was telling me just the other day her step son went through night terrors till he was 6. He would wake screaming they would have to wake him, and even that wouldnt stop him. I put a colourfull night light in my sons room and the terrors stopped instanly.

Taryn - posted on 04/25/2009

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my daughter went through a two week stint around 16 months where she was waking in the middle of the night. She has always been a good sleeper but those few weeks she was TERRIBLE. I thought she was having night terrors, however, the waking up stopped after a few weeks. I attribute it, now, to teething. She was getting her eye teeth around that time. Which are the hardest to cut. Look for a diaper rash or slight temp. it might not hurt to try a little tylenol right before bed. Can't hurt to try, right? :)

Kristie - posted on 04/25/2009

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Quoting Lisa:

My 16 month old son has been waking up at night crying & screaming.Nightmares this young? 



My son is 2 years old and has suffered from nightmares and night terrors for probably six months.  They have gotten a lot better in the last two months.  I have found that being very consistent in the evening and at bedtime is helpful.  My doctor also suggested that I keep my son from overstimulating especially in the early to late evening.  We really try to have a calm and quiet routine after dinner.  This has seemed to help alot.  Good Luck!



 



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Lisa - posted on 04/25/2009

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Are there any shadows in his bedroom? My daughter was terrified for ages and it was because there was a shadow on her wall that she found scary!

Christa - posted on 04/25/2009

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Children can have nightmares even early on even at older ages the things children fear are things that seem quite normal to us. The most important thing is to be there for him and let him know that everything is alright.

Candice - posted on 04/25/2009

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geeze. i can think of a million reasons why MY daughter would have nightmares. forced doses of antibiotics, falling down, the first ride on a swing. they may not be the kinds of nightmares we have, but i'm sure she's been scared a few times in her short life.

Alysia - posted on 04/24/2009

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Think back...(well, 16 months back)...

Can you remember any "scary" moments for your son? Put urself in his shoes - when thinking of "scary" things...

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