My 2 year old has nightmares....

Candace - posted on 03/10/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

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He will wake up several times a night screaming "No, no, no" and not even be awake. He did watch a lot of movies with "Scary" parts in them (The Wild, Happy Feet, Tarzan, The Lion King, etc) before bed, but we have switch those out with "not so scary" ones. That doesn't seem to have made any difference. Any ideas??

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Janine - posted on 03/10/2009

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Sounds like night terrors...my daughter gets them;

Some children have a different kind of scary dream called a "night terror." Night terrors happen during deep sleep. A child having a night terror will often wake up screaming. Sometimes your child may still be asleep, with open eyes. He will be confused and might not answer when you ask what's wrong. Your child may be difficult to wake. When your child wakes, he or she usually won't remember what happened.



Night terrors are relatively rare — they happen in only 3–6% of kids, while almost every child will have a nightmare occasionally.

Susan - posted on 03/10/2009

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If he goes to daycare, you may want to ask what he is watching there.  My daughter watched Scooby-Doo at daycare and was having nightmares.  I had to ask the daycare to stop watching that and the nightmares went away.  We also found out later that the older kids there were telling ghost stories.

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Elke - posted on 04/02/2014

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Hi all my daughter is 23 months old and started screaming in the night and calling for me and her dad also she will be crying and saying that her feet hurts or her mouth and she will also say stuff like no no I do not know what to do anymore I will comfort her and sometimes she will go right back to sleep other times she would the wake up and asks me to pic her up. I am out of idees can somebody please help me.

Nancy - posted on 01/26/2014

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My 2 year wakes up crying and yelling for mom or daddy when I go see her she ask to be held and cuddles until she fall back to sleep but when I try to leave her room and go back in my room she wakes up yelling again and she gets up and walk to the couch and sit there and crus . What's making her do that she never done it befor it's been two weeks like that and I haven't gotten any sleep. Please help

Jenell - posted on 06/13/2013

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hey all, my almost 2year old moved over to her big bed without any problems and loves her sleep, but for the past 2 nites she wakes up at 10 and starts saying she is scared or there is gogas in her room. there is nothing......help......Why would this start now?

Gillian - posted on 03/11/2009

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I think I might have the same problem with my son. He is 21 months and just woke up screaming as I'm typing this. He does this  every now and again. I don't know what to do either, because most of the time he ends up in our bed as well.

Tamara - posted on 03/11/2009

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I actually started having night terrors when I was 15 and they slowly, slowly decreased until I don't really have them anymore (now 35).  I used to jump out of bed when I had them and if someone tried to hold me down/push me back I would fight them as the bed was where whatever it was (no memory of any dream, like with a nightmare) happened.  So maybe try taking him out of bed (maybe out of the room) and cuddling him to settle him down.  Once he seems a bit settled I'd then put him back to bed.  Once I had calmed down I was ok to go back to bed and always fell back into a deep sleep.  Good luck!

Lorie - posted on 03/11/2009

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Hi Candace. My son went through the same thing when he was 2. When he would wake up I would rock him till he relaxed then I would get him to tell me about them ( as best he could ) and lay back down with him till he fell asleep. Now that he is 3 1/2 he is starting them again. I don't let him watch anything past 7:00.( evan if it is a funny show ) because when he is sleeping anything he thinks of could make that funny show scary. I don't read him any books that even are close to scary. The books alone made a BIG difference. I would say it cut down on his bad dreams by 70 - 80 %. I also put a night light in his room. That we use every night.



I hope it all works out for you and you find something that suits you and your son.

Lorie - posted on 03/11/2009

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Hi Candace. My son went through the same thing when he was 2. When he would wake up I would rock him till he relaxed then I would get him to tell me about them ( as best he could ) and lay back down with him till he fell asleep. Now that he is 3 1/2 he is starting them again. I don't let him watch anything past 7:00.( evan if it is a funny show ) because when he is sleeping anything he thinks of could make that funny show scary. I don't read him any books that even are close to scary. The books alone made a BIG difference. I would say it cut down on his bad dreams by 70 - 80 %. I also put a night light in his room. That we use every night.



I hope it all works out for you and you find something that suits you and your son.

Lorie - posted on 03/11/2009

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Hi Candace. My son went through the same thing when he was 2. When he would wake up I would rock him till he relaxed then I would get him to tell me about them ( as best he could ) and lay back down with him till he fell asleep. Now that he is 3 1/2 he is starting them again. I don't let him watch anything past 7:00.( evan if it is a funny show ) because when he is sleeping anything he thinks of could make that funny show scary. I don't read him any books that even are close to scary. The books alone made a BIG difference. I would say it cut down on his bad dreams by 70 - 80 %. I also put a night light in his room. That we use every night.



I hope it all works out for you and you find something that suits you and your son.

Monica - posted on 03/11/2009

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I hate to tell you this, but I am a 37 year old woman who actually suffered Night Terrors! I can tell you that the trauma of it all stays in my head even now. I would wake up screaming horrible screams. My Mother didn't know what to do so I started sleeping with her or my Grandmother or on the couch. I became afraid of my room. I slept with them until I was 16 years old because of this. At 16, my mother completely changed my room from the ceiling to the floor. I got new furnature and placed the bed in a whole new area of the room. We changed the wall color, the rug, ..everything. I am not saying that you should go out and do all these things, but maybe try, along with her, to move the furnature around. And take it very seriously! Parent's often think that kids are just having bad dreams but waking up screaming more than twice is an indicater of Night Tremors. They are extremely scary! Eventually, they will go away. I do not suffer them now. You just can't tell when it will end. You have to comfort your child as best as you are able..believe Him!

Summer - posted on 03/11/2009

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Our son has had them for 2 years now - since he was 2. He doesnt fully wake up to do any of the warm and fuzzy stuff, I just try and hold him or sit with him until it stops. Our doctor said that he doesnt remember having them and is harder to watch for us. I just worry about him being safe and when he stops - I go back to bed. We used to bring him in bed but now just wait it out. :) They grow out of them. Hopefully soon. :)

Candace - posted on 03/11/2009

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"Good dream" pillow sounds like a neat idea....but he doesn't really fully wake up. I don't think it's him being overtired because he normally goes to bed around 7:45. Kids are such a mystery.

Cassandre - posted on 03/10/2009

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my 4 year old still has night terrors from time to time the ped told me to wake her up just slightly and that should be enough to pull her out of it. It seems to be working for us. Good luck

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whenever my daughter woke up like that, we told her to flip her pillow over to the "good dream" side, worked like a charm. With our 2nd daughter, we took her shopping and let her choose her own sheets and pillows and that calmed everything down too

Carrie - posted on 03/10/2009

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Honestly It sounds like he is overtired when he goes to bed. That used to happen to my son at 2-3 and his pediatrician said he was overtired and we started putting him to bed by 8pm and no more nightmares! (he used to stay up til10)! Good luck!

Jacki - posted on 03/10/2009

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My 2 year old is doing the same thing and I have no idea what to do either.  He ends up sleeping in our bed now and I do not know what to do.....

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