Possible night terrors

Belinda - posted on 01/29/2015 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have a 5 year old daughter who has been waking up during the night screaming and running, in a panic, she keeps looking around as if she's running from something. I do my best to calm her down but it doesn't work. I pray and lay my hands on her to rebuke any possible evil spirit that may be tormenting her (im christian) and after a while she calms down. Has anyone else ever experienced this with their child?

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Sarah - posted on 01/29/2015

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Christian or not, there is a scientific reason for your child's behavior. Night terrors are not uncommon in this age group. The reason you can't calm her, is she isn't really awake. The simplest way to discern between nightmares and night terrors, is with the latter your child does not have any recollection of the incident. They are not harmful and generally go away without any intervention. Obviously, if your child is running around, you want to prevent her from hurting herself. Here is some information:
http://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articl...

Trisha - posted on 01/29/2015

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My husband is 38 and still gets night terrors. The best you can do I think is hold her tight when it happens.
I remember having nightmares when I was a kid, and my mom and dad spent a lot of time teaching me and telling me that I had control over my dreams. If I ever did have a scary dream, I learnt how to control it in a different manner - and change the outcome with my thought process.
One trick I used as a small child is, while dreaming, attempt to open my eyes REALLY wide while saying "WAKEUP" and I was always able to wake up at that point. I can't remember which parent suggested I do this. It didn't help me feel afraid after, but I just went and cuddled with my parents then, and told them about my bad dream.
Another thought is to put a dream catcher up over her bed. I am a big believer in the placebo effect. Tell her that it will catch all the bad dreams, with her knowing she can alter her dream world, and see if that helps for awhile.

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