Why is my 2 year old crying in her sleep?

Roslyn - posted on 04/10/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My 2 year old wakes up a few times during the night crying. It sounds like she is in pain. Have taken her to doctors. Got no answers. Could it be growing pains? Any ideas why my 2 year old is crying in her sleep?

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Syreeta - posted on 05/22/2013

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My daughter start her night terrors at 4 months and still goes thru them at 28 months i tried everything dream catcher, prayed over her ,place the Bible under her pillow bought spirit candles to burn while she slept nothing work went to the Dr. he told she will grow out of it my baby have black circle around her eyes from not sleeping well at night about the break of dawn she finally falls asleep i wanna know cause its daybreak the terrors goes aways thats why she sleep peacefully

Debi - posted on 11/03/2011

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idk im the nana and live with my daughter and grandson he has his own room and he wakes up everynite crying or screaming for a short time not sure if its the same time or not ill have to pay attention. we dont go in there and he stops but its frustrating not knowing whats causing it. :((

Cindy - posted on 04/05/2013

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What should a mom do when a two year old hits and throws things sometimes. Is either perfect or very honors. How do you discipline when they really act up

Crystal - posted on 11/15/2011

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Does she do this every night? :( It's most likely night terrors. My daughter went through this too, and still did at age 3. It finally subsided just before she turned 4.. If she had a rough day, maybe its stress??? I thought this too with my daughter, she's very moody and sensitive, so if she had a bad day, we noticed the night screaming was worse than a good day eve. We just talked to her about her day before bed to see if there was anyting she wanted to talk about, and let her know we loved her and that tomorrow would be a better more positive day....and discuss exciting/happy things we could do the next day so she'd go to bed with happy thoughts of tomorrow. :) best of luck, it's a tough phase.

Parker - posted on 02/04/2014

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So your saying you think your child was possessed by evil?

I think all that mambo jumbo would freak your kid out more, because no matter how many times you tell him nothing's wrong. Children are highly perceptive and know full well actions speak louder then words. Anxiety is certainly no good, and not something you want to help cause in a child.

If you take the same dramatic steps in other aspects of your child's life, you are placing your anxieties on him. Young children with anxiety often sleep quite poorly, and fatigue exasperates anxiety.

Your child is probably anxious, and perpetually over tired. Which would pretty much make anyone look a little possessed by the devil.

Instead of looking at outside Mumbo jumbo aka blaming an external source. Parents need to realize that the changes their child needs are up to them to provide. And we often need to re-evaluate our own approach to things.

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Valencia - posted on 11/18/2013

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My son would hollar and point at things but I had my pastor to pray over him and I was given a prayer cloth and cut the prayer cloth in 4 pieces and put on in the childs pocket so when they go places..Nothing will bother you lil one. Also parents be careful whom u let around ur kids too, and be mindful of what u watch on TV in your house, and annoited his head with oil and he will check the cover and see if anything is under there and we tell him its nothing..mama got that ole thing..and Jesus took it away..this is is first night that he has slept peacefully..THANK YOU JESUS aMEN!!!!

Brittany - posted on 12/17/2012

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It is funny that you mention this issue my Daughter is 2 years of age as well and she does the same thing I recently asked her what was wrong and she told me it was a bad dream. So now I pray over her before she goes to sleep (because I am religious) and I also reassure her that everything is okay and that Mommy and Daddy will protect her, she will lay there wide awake for a while then she will soon fall back to sleep.

Ashley - posted on 09/13/2012

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My 4 year old does this and along with other symptoms she came to tell me she was getting touched by her uncle when she visited her father. I dont mean to scare anyone but anything is possible. I wish tue best of luck to everyone.

Shelly - posted on 05/14/2012

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It sounds like your 2yr old is having what some people call night terrors. It is like a bad dream but more consistent and they can't recall what they were afraid of just that they are scared or upset. My oldest went through this a lot but not from 2 that I recall but I have heard of some children starting as young as 2. I could be growing pains try a little lavender rubbed into her legs before sleep it will relax her muscles and also soothe her sleep. I can't think of much else to tell you hon if it persists i would try changing drs till you get someone who takes you seriously depending on how long this has been going on for.

Jen - posted on 04/10/2010

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its souns like belly ache or shes having a bad dream my son does it i go in gently shake him so he knows it not real n his mummy is stll with him n he stops crying

Krissy - posted on 04/10/2010

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some times they have night terrors my little girl does it on and off as well. your 2 year old could be crying in her sleep because of wind passing thru her system. my son is 4 and still on and off crys out but he wakes up and crawls into bed with me. i ask him and he says 'yes ,not nice sleep' or 'my legs hurt'. unfortunatly there is no rel cure for night terrors -which is when they stay asleep- or growing pains .i only give childrens panadol or nurofen to eather of my kids if it is a constant thing -ie 3-4 nights for my 4 yr old or very early morning say 4 am if my 9 month old hasnt been having very good sleep.( saves for the sanity as well) but it is very rarly as i say.

Krissy - posted on 04/10/2010

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some times they have night terrors my little girl does it on and off as well. your 2 year old could be crying in her sleep because of wind passing thru her system. my son is 4 and still on and off crys out but he wakes up and crawls into bed with me. i ask him and he says 'yes ,not nice sleep' or 'my legs hurt'. unfortunatly there is no rel cure for night terrors -which is when they stay asleep- or growing pains .i only give childrens panadol or nurofen to eather of my kids if it is a constant thing -ie 3-4 nights for my 4 yr old or very early morning say 4 am if my 9 month old hasnt been having very good sleep.( saves for the sanity as well) but it is very rarly as i say.

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