Night Terrors

Ronni - posted on 01/10/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Anyone experiencing night terrors with an older child? My daughter is almost 7 yrs old. She began having these when she was around 3 1/2. The few things I've read about them say they outgrow them, but most are talking about toddlers. She was also just diagnosed with ADD, but she is not on any meds yet. Don't know if these go hand in hand? Any info is helpful. I do know not to try and comfort her and this makes it worse. They usually last from 5 to 20 minutes.

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Michelle - posted on 01/10/2011

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I think it may be a combination of nightmares and sleep walking my son used to do that I would consult your physician and see about getting her into a sleep clinic they are more well trained to deal with helping her sleep better,

Sherri - posted on 01/10/2011

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I would bring it up with her pediatrician and see what they recommend.

Pip - posted on 01/10/2011

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My daughter had night terrors up till she was about 10 yrs old. They were really full on and went on for up to 20 mins. The thing that amazed me was how she had no idea it had happened the next day. One time she had a girlfriend over top and tailing in her bed, she had a huge night terror her girlfriend went home in the middle of the night cause it freaked her out and the next morning my daughter had no idea what had heppened. She ran around the house looking for her friend, she thought we had lost her. Poor thing was embarassed when we told her, but we laugh about it these days. Good luck with your daughter.

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Ronni - posted on 01/11/2011

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Thank you ladies for all the advice. It's always nice to know you're not the only one ever to have this problem. I've got an appt with her pediatrician, hopefully she'll have some answers.

Ronni - posted on 01/10/2011

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I don't think they are nightmares. She gets up and walks around. You think she's awake at first but she clearly isn't. She's crying like she's tired, not frightened, then she wants mommy and will give me a hug and then pushes me away yelling that she wants her mommy. She cries, but more like she's mad or angry and finally settles back down and goes to sleep. She never remembers the next day.

Sherri - posted on 01/10/2011

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I wish I could be more help never heard of an older child with night terrors it happened with my son but he grew out of it by the time he was two. Are you sure they are night terrors and not just nightmares? Screaming trying to claw their way up and over you? Trying to claw their way up the walls? etc.

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