My 3 year old keeps waking up in the middle of the night crying

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Tamara - posted on 01/13/2013

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My son is 3 and a half and has started waking up at night crying and running into my bed the crying can last all night on and off I'm really tired can any1 think of anything I could do!?

Suzie - posted on 10/24/2009

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Kelly, does she remember the crying in the morning? I actually have gone through this with my five year old for about a 1 1/2 years on and off. He goes to bed around 7 or 8 and sometime between 9:30pm and 2:00am he wakes up either groaning, screaming and crying or talking/yelling. I thought he was having nightmares. I thought it was stress, new changes, etc. He has had close to the same bedtime routine since he was 18 months, so I knew it wasn't that he needed consistency. Even on the weekend...

It turns out that in his case, he is having "night terrors". When me or my husband go in to try to comfort him, he doesn't even realize what's going on. After I found out this was what was going on I started looking for more info. Here's a link that spells out the differences between nightmares and night terrors..... Hope any of this helps with your 3 year old waking up in the middle of the night crying! Good luck! http://www.babycenter.com/0_night-terror...

Louise Elizabeth - posted on 05/14/2013

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Hi my child Kingsley is usually happy when he wakes up!
But last night he woke up crying and with a rough throat? What's up with him?

Louise Elizabeth - posted on 05/14/2013

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Yea well "evil spirits" aren't real so maybe moving house and being in a differant environment had tromatized her so she was scared because she didn't know where you were or whear anything was. Just painting the walls a darker colour or a lighter colour can sometimes upset them as the colours change the brightness or darkness of the room! Thx

Elexis - posted on 10/27/2009

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My son does this almost every night. He also sleep talks to himself. I hope you work out why your 3 year old is waking up in the middle of the night crying.

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Louise Elizabeth - posted on 05/14/2013

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You need to open the closet and let him see there are no bees in there but there could be a hive somewhere so get a pro exterminator to check the attic or in the closet just in case!

Louise Elizabeth - posted on 05/14/2013

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If you have painted the room or just opened or shut the blinds he might notice this is different and not like it. Just changing a pillow, bed sheet , bed, drink, moving house,
Moving a toy or bed or a window and garden change can cause crying Maybe an elegiac reaction an irritated sleep even un knowing in the night toilet brakes, and night terrors causing them to wake up crying or start crying at any point in time just going some where strange like town flying some where like Spain going for a day in new york
The way to stop this is to let them sleep with you, take them to the potty or toilet before bed time and early in the morning or to put stuff back.

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To all the mom who kids are having bad dreams, it only one reason why this is happening. As soon soon as you realize that this is happening then you can help them. Please get the book, Pigs in the Parlor. To the mom who just move in a new house, it might be something that was left in the house from the other owners. To all the moms. I had experience the same thing with my 4yr old. I found out that evil spirits was attacking her. Plus spirits was attached to objects in her room. As soon as you get those objects out of the house, things will get better for your kids. Children deliverence is a great book also, the same arthor wrote these two books. Does your child have things dangling from the ceiling, like owls, frogs, or bats. Remove those objects. Did a friend give your child some toys?

Zuriatina - posted on 10/29/2012

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soo im tryimg 2 get answers aswell i dnt get sleep n i worry about her all the time me n my husband is surprised cos my two oldest girls never did it hope i can get answers cos i feel soo stressed out worrying about her

Sarah - posted on 05/22/2012

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my almost 3 year old is convinced bees sleep in the closet and wont sleep without a night speak to your child. It all started when he woke up crying and when i asked him why he was sad he said bees in there.

Debra - posted on 04/15/2012

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my 3 year old has been doing it since we moved house, it has been moths now and we are all settled, but it still continues to where it has effected my relationship with my boyfriend, all the overnight wake ups tiredness and tantrums during waking hours, if there is a solution i want to know, i need to know, he wakes EVERY night.

Natalie - posted on 02/09/2012

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Our just 3 year old does the same it usually depends on how active her day has been! The more she does during the day the louder the screams... and she also has no idea we are there. It seems like she has an information overload ie so much to process from an active day. We go in cuddle her and then put her straight back into her bed and she is fast asleep. Good Luck

Jennifer - posted on 02/03/2012

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I had a child to do that. The doctor said some kids just do it. I don't know about dreams, but she will grow out of it. Good luck!

Lorraine - posted on 10/27/2009

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hi i know exactly what your going through because my 27 month old son is doing the same thing, i've been trying to get to the end with this because he has been doing this since he was 20 months old specialy when they have been sleeping through the night since he was 6 months old you wonder why. i have been trying to see if it passes but it hasn't so i took him to the doctor because he was sick again because he seems to get sick alot and get tonsilitis alot to, they said bacause he has large tonsils he may need his adenoids checked because they can't breath easily through there nose and throat. It's only now after 7 months of ummming and arrrring about it that i wrote down every time he woke up to see if it's the same time which can all be linked with night terrors, sleep apneia and large tonsils. just a few day's ago i tried aromathearpy oils just to help him breath or you can use vics and he slept a lot longer but that's just a short term solution so good luck i hope it helps we need it .

Kelly - posted on 10/25/2009

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she know's that she wakes up in the middle of the night and comes in mommy & daddys room but we don't know why. When my 3 year old wakes up in the middle of the night crying its not dramatic or any thing, i go in and tell her everythings ok and she will be fine for the rest of the night and she goes back to bed until 8-8:30.

Kaihla - posted on 10/25/2009

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I agree with Suzie. I have never dealt with this before but have done a bit of reading up about 'night terrors'. All you can really do when they wake up crying is comfort them. I've read that one thing that may help comfort them in gently stroking their brow bone until they doze off again.

Good luck!

Heather - posted on 10/24/2009

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YES!!! my daughter will be four in a couple of days and she has been doing that off and on for awhile and still is!! good luck!

Lorraine - posted on 10/24/2009

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Your 3 year old waking up in the middle of the night might be having bad dreams that make her scared

Kelly - posted on 10/25/2009

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she know's that she wakes up in the middle of the night and comes in mommy & daddys room but we don't know why. When my 3 year old wakes up in the middle of the night crying its not dramatic or any thing, i go in and tell her everythings ok and she will be fine for the rest of the night and she goes back to bed until 8-8:30.

Lorraine - posted on 10/24/2009

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Your 3 year old waking up in the middle of the night might be having bad dreams that make her scared

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