HELP night terrors

Ashley - posted on 09/14/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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help my daughter is 22 months old and she gets night terrors not to be confused with night mares ... these terrors have her screamin and kickin and moving around all over there is nothing i can to to calm her because she is still sleeping at this time ..... if there is anyone that knows what triggers these or how to help them stop please let me know..... she had them a while ago and it just stopped but they seem to be comiin back ... we need sleep please help lol

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Krystal - posted on 09/20/2009

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My oldest son got them till he was four and my youngest daughter gets them still and she is four now. We went to a specialist and he said if they get real bad to talk to them through it to say their name and say who you are ( mommy, daddy) repeatedly and tell them that they are safe and its ok and also to tell them that they are in their bed, until they come out of it. Do not touch them until they are awake. thats when my husband and i would give them hugs and ah sure them again that they are safe and its ok. hope this is useful for you.

Anna - posted on 09/20/2009

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If a child is ill, on a new medication or over tired it can stimulate a night terror. Although I never personally found my son's trigger. My ds had them until he was about 2 1/2 years old. It is heartbreaking to watch. They normal occur 2-3 hrs after bedtime. I agree w/ Laura try keeping a journal. If they are occuring at the same time you can try going in 20 minutes prior to when it will occur and rouse her from her sleep a bit and see if that helps. Sometimes, if you can disturb the sleep cycle you can avoid the night terror. But she will outgrow them. I used to just sit and rub my sons back and tell him it's ok, you are safe, mommy's here until it stopped, but never woke him. I hope you find something that works for you. Good Luck.

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My son also had night terrors. Unfortunately, there is no known trigger, it can be anything. We talked to our ped. about it and she told us that children will outgrow them and for the most part at 3 my son has outgrown them. We kept a journal and noticed that when he was on an antibiotic he had them more frequently. My brother also sleep walks and that is related to night terrors. The best thing that you can do is talk soothingly to your daughter and move things so that she won't hurt herself. A few times I had to physically restrain my son (no fun!) and let him fight until he fell asleep, but I wouldn't advise it. We now have a 5 month old and I am really hoping that he doesn't have them too. Good luck!

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