10 month old wakes up SCREAMING & stiff body!!

Felicia - posted on 06/01/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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LADIES PLEASE HELP ME!!!!
This has happened since he was like 3 months old! The doctor in St. Louis was VERY passive about his answer when asked if these could be night terrors!! My baby wakes up in the middle of the night SCREAMING at the top of his lungs, body shakes sometimes, other times his feet are moving like he is running, eyes may open but they are up in his head, non responsive, stiff body!!!!!! The episodes last anywhere from 10-45 mins! Once they are over he falls peacefully to sleep! Now he hasnt experienced one of these episodes when he is asleep in the bed with my husband and I. SO if all I have to do is keep him in the bed with us, then so be it!! BUT WHAT CAN I DO? I whisper Jesus' name into his ear and I can say since I have done this, the last 3 times are only lasting approx. 10 mins. Before, because the internet says not to talk to them, the episodes were approx. 30-45 mins (attributed these late night wake ups as possible 'night terrors')
Can anyone shed light on this for me?
(forgive my grammar and any spelling errors, its 3am & I am not able to sleep)
Felicia

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Felicia - posted on 06/04/2011

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@ Yvette once I tild the nurser practioner here in Georgia about the stiff body & eyes being in the top of his head (well I could see the brown in his eyes but they were rolled upwards) she stated that the doctor would probably want to run some tests and maybe some studies-dr. in St. Louis stated he was too young when I suggested it. Have layed hands over them with fevers & all but never thought about it for this!! THANK YOU YVETTE FOR THAT REMINDER!!!
@ Kate we changed his milk to a formula specifically for AR, as he was dx with AR, which made a HUGE difference with the AR (Acid Reflux) symptoms of the GERD but made no diff with sleep patterns. Talking to him seems to agitate him IF any response @ all. He only sleeps in a t-shirt but my little guy has ingrown toenails so he sleeps with socks on so the medicine can work & he doesn't like cover so don't think he's overheated.
@ Vicki NP sugested soft music & never thought about the vacuum will try!
YOU LADIES ARE GREAT!

Vgould - posted on 06/03/2011

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I went through the same thing with my oldest son. Luckily they do grow out of it. He was basically unresponsive to any communication from us. At first it was so scary but then we got into a routine. We had a couple of thing that would work. We had a Baby Einstein video and we would set him in front of the TV and turn it very loud. Once he heard the classical music start up he would calm down. Another trick was to turn on the vacuum cleaner...the loud sound was also soothing to him. My mother in-law thought I was crazy when we stayed over one night and I asked her to get her vacuum out at 2am during an episode. She was shocked to see how well it worked. He did this for about a year. My second son never went through this.
Good luck!

Yvette - posted on 06/02/2011

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Have a sleep study done with brain scans to check bubs brain activity to make sure they aren't a seizure of some sort. Demand it! Keep praying Jesus name over your little one, laying hands on bub every night before you go to sleep.

Kate CP - posted on 06/02/2011

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It sounds like he's in pain, possibly overheated, and scared. TALK TO HIM and comfort him, just saying a name over and over is helpful but not as good as holding him and letting him know you're there and he's safe. Try elevating the head of his bed a little and see if that helps. This sounds like it could be reflux or gas.

Felicia - posted on 06/02/2011

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Thank you ladies! I have also noticed that slowly removing articles of clothing (socks, unsnapping t-shirt) along with Jesus' name helps. He is teething right now but like I said this has happened for so long, but the episodes are not close I can say in the past 7 months this has happened maybe 8 or 9 times. We've just moved to Georgia & it has occured more closely in time since we've been here. But it freaks me out guys! He has an appt. Comingup soon so I will ask this Dr.
Thank you SO much again ladies for responding!

Kate CP - posted on 06/02/2011

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It sounds like he's in a lot of pain. He could have reflux or just be REALLY hungry. He calmed down after you said Jesus' name because you talked to him and comforted him. If you think you should talk to your baby or pick him up then do it. Forget what the internet or books say. Follow your instincts. A baby who is THAT upset shouldn't be left alone to scream and cry. Pick him up, burp him, talk to him, COMFORT him and let him know you're there.

Toni - posted on 06/02/2011

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Talk to another doctor. I don't know a lot about night terrors. My daughter had them around 4 years old, but it seems strange to me that it is happening in such a young child and for such a long period of time. It may have happened once with my youngest son when he was one year old and shortly after he was adopted and going through the trauma of that life change, but I did talk to him and hold him and it did last maybe five to ten minutes. That was a one time occurrence and due to a major upheaval in his life.

Christy - posted on 06/02/2011

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Felicia, I don't have any concrete solutions, but just wanted to say that I don't agree with the internet telling you not to talk to him.

One of my kids went through a stage with night terrors at age 4 and it was very difficult. Your words, and if you're willing to sing, your music and calm body may help him relax. Don't give up looking for answers!

Keep track of what time of night he's waking up with them and how often. If there's a pattern, see if you can change something about his routine. For example, wake him up and change his diaper so that his sleep cycle is a little different and see if that helps prevent them.

Good luck! I wish I had more to offer.

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