Strange occurance during sleep in my 2 year old, what was that?

Avery - posted on 07/11/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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This morning my daughter woke up screaming and was unconsolable. She wasn't shaking, but rather flopping around and arching her back a little (similar behaviors she does in a tantrum) but wouldn't acknowledge me. After a minute I turned the light on because I was scared and didn't understand what was going on with her. She was alert enough to see there was a shirt on the bed and grabbed it to place over her face and eyes. Another minute of screaming later and she was done. Afterwards, she was confused as to why the light was on and why mommy seemed upset. I still nurse, and put her back to sleep right away. We don't have a doctor in this area, we just moved and I'm not sure what to do. Is it possible this was a seizure?

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Krista - posted on 07/11/2012

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Yes, night terrors usually happen 2-3 hours after falling asleep, but the key word is "usually". It could be different because you've just moved, and perhaps the unsettled feeling made things manifest in a different way.

Did she seem really groggy afterwards? Was she confused in general, or just confused as to why the light was on and you were upset, but otherwise alert and lucid? From my understanding, after a convulsive seizure, children are tired and disoriented afterwards, and if they make any noises during the seizure, it tends to be more of a groan or a cry, not prolonged screaming.

The thing is, though, I'm not a doctor. I don't even play one on TV. If you really think she might have had a seizure, then you might want to take her to the hospital, just to ease her mind.

Avery - posted on 07/11/2012

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I also forgot to mention that my daughter is getting the last of her molars, did not have a fever, and was saying "ouch" because something hurt. Could this still have been a night terror? Does this additional info make it seem more like a terror than a seizure? Thanks.

Avery - posted on 07/11/2012

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She's had night terrors before, since about 16 mos old. This appeared to be different to me and happened 6 hours after she had been asleep. Don't night terrors generally happen after 2-3 hours sleep? I'm concerned, should I try to get her to the doctor?

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