2 year old baby waking up crying at night

Kristal - posted on 10/07/2013 ( 92 moms have responded )

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I dont know what to do anymore. Or what steps to take. Please if someone been through the same situation as the one I'm struggling with my baby plz answer. My baby wakes up crying every night pointing at the sealing and telling me something's there also screaming and crying but won't wake up. Then she opens and closes her eyes.but I can c she us still asleep when she does this. Then she starts shaking. And when I finally turn the lights on she wakes up crying and still pointing at the roof or. I dont know how to help my child. If someone's experiment the same situation I'd be thankful if u leave an answer.

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Teresa - posted on 10/10/2013

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Proverbs 3:24 ESV
If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
Place a bible open to the 23rd Psalm under her pillow. Then pray and anoint your baby and your entire house. Ask your Pastor to pray for her and if possible ask him/her to anoint your home as well. Try not to give her sweets before bedtime and allow her to watch scary stuff on tv. Before you enter her room pray and when you enter her room command that evil spirit to leave in Jesus name. If you don't feel comfortable doing this just ask your Pastor. May God give you and your family rest and be bless.

Barbara - posted on 10/25/2013

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This sounds similar to what my son went through when he was around that age. I asked his doctor and found out he had night terrors. He would not wake up, eyes were open, he screamed and cried, and I felt terrible! My son had his night terrors at nearly the same time every night. Following the doctors advice, I would wake him up about a half hour earlier than I thought the night terror would begin. I would have him wake up enough to get a drink of water or something and then let him go back to sleep. It worked. The doctor said waking him up was like a reset and should break the cyle. I can't remember exactly how long I did it, but it was for about a month.
It is hard to go through, but things will get better. My son used to have relapses when exhausted or in a new location. It has been a while since the last episode, but he does talk in his sleep.
Best wishes to you and your baby. I pray you both are having peaceful nights soon.

Jody - posted on 10/12/2013

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It may sound strange, but there are a lot more things out there than are in the physical. Everyone has the ability to see them but most people train themselves not to. Children normally can though. If she says there is something there, then there probably is. You may be able to sense it if you focus. Even if you can't right away you can fight back. Regardless of your religion, you can create shields. I would recommend coming up with one your child can do with you so she starts to believe she does have the power within herself to protect herself. You can also 'create' guardians with her. Me & my daughter came up with this one: "kittens(her choice, we tried many things including the elements but this is the one she likes best) within me, warrior(s) of my soul, I ask you to come forward & protect me while I sleep. Thank you." Then I will ask her if she sees here kittens around her protecting her & have her describe them. Your daughter my not be old enough to do that, but you can do it with her. Then when i'm snuggling with my daughter I visualize a protective, bubblelike shield arround her & around our house. I feed it energy from me & the earth energy around us & see what I want it to do, such as fire that burns as hot at the sun that will incinerate or reflect or absorb anything that seeks to enter my home or harm my child. I am not the least bit forgiving toward anything that tries to hurt my child. Since we have been doing that my daughters nightmares have disappated to the point of just the occasional normal childhood ones & she is no longer afraid to sleep in her own bed by herself. As they get older they won't need to depend on us to protect them because they will have confidence that they can protect themselves. As someone else mentioned, I would also recommend cleansing your home yourself or have someone else do it for you. Pay special attention to the corners as they are crossroads of energy. Hope this will help.

Lindsay - posted on 10/21/2013

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My friend. Do not get a dream catcher. This adds to the stress. PRAY over your child in the name of Jesus. Pray when she goes to sleep for her protection. Pray to The Lord Jesus. It will stop. She is being tormented in her dreams. I will pray now for your baby too!

Amy - posted on 10/13/2013

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Wow--- that's sad- my boys had spouts of night terrors and one was at 2- I think that's pretty common. Maybe there is a shadow that she commonly sees?

I usually use a more abstract method to things as I am an artist- they usually work- sometimes don't buy more often then not- my playful approach has been successful.

I would try---- taking a broom in the morning and sweeping the roof- singing
some kind of made up song--- bye bye
frightening sight, no more will tease my child, sleep baby sleep, mommy loves you and in her safety I will keep- idk lol
Then I would take her to pick out a " pretty sheet" and tack it on the ceiling in swoops- that hopefully will change the light
shadows if that's what she is seeing, not to mention give her a positive thing to think about- " redoing her room with mommy" instead of being stuck on the one thing that's scaring her?

This may not work--- but it's worth a shot if
you are still struggling with this?
I hope this helps------
Amy
www.amykedesign.etsy.com

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Jay - posted on 05/01/2014

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It is possible your daughter is having night terrors. Most commonly, you would look for signs that she cannot be aroused during the episode and cannot remember the incident the next morning.
I am a researcher at Stanford University and I am working with a team to find a treatment for night terrors in children. As you may have seen, there is not too much clinical research on the causes and effects of night terrors. My team is conducting an investigational study for a new treatment option at the Stanford Sleep Clinic. We are recruiting patients in northern California for our study and we are also conducting a survey to try and gather more information from parents of affected children. If you think your child is experiencing night terrors, please visit www.caydian.com and help us learn more about the condition. Thanks for your help.

Ina - posted on 02/24/2014

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I just join & i love this feed back. Im in tears and begging for help..for my 2 year old too be at ez & to over come with strength with whatever it is!! HELPFUL!!!!!)

Sophie - posted on 01/14/2014

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Hello! I'm new. My name is Sophie. My daughter, Jenny, also has this situation when she was 2 years old (But now she's five) I told her its just a nightmare or illusion. But it didn't work?

So what did I do? I took her to the doctor and he said there's something in her eyes. Then she had a surgery and everything went fine afterwards.

I'm sorry if this cant help.

Amber E - posted on 11/10/2013

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How do you know that you only live once Lisa? U don't! That's the whole point. Never, Ever, push what you think down someone else's throat. Everyone has their own opinion and I'm no different. But I don't go around asking people if they know the lord. I have to laugh at that!!

Kalena - posted on 11/05/2013

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I'm a christian but this isn't a supernatural phenomenon. It's night terrors. Kids have a hard time handling bad dreams, it's hard to process that they aren't real and that everything is ok. My grandson doesn't fully awaken after his either but he's very upset. I found that comforting (in what ever way works for your child) and staying calm yourself helps. Last night I had my computer on when he had one and as soon as he looked at our pictures he calmed down. After about 3 min of looking over my shoulder he went back to sleep and didn't wake up again. A change in perceived comfort zone, family structure, stress or watching something on tv or in real life that scares them can trigger bad dreams, just as in adults. As a child I had chaser dreams a lot. And it was very unnerving. It's quite normal though.

Cindy - posted on 11/05/2013

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My son went through the same thing, he just turned 3. I took him to his pediatrician And she said what they are experiencing is called NIGHT TERRORS, it seems as though they are awake, but they are still sleeping. My son's problem was that he was not getting enough sleep, he wouldn't go to sleep at night like most kids. He would stay up until 1:00 or 2:00 every night no matter what I tried, then when he would finally fall asleep, he would wake up screaming about all kinds of things, then after about 15 minutes he would just stop. Well his Dr.said to try giving him Melatonin to help him go to sleep at a normal time, and he hasn't had a night terror since I started giving it to him. You should definitely talk to your pediatrician, and discuss what is going on with your child. I'm sure the Dr. Can help

Carolyn - posted on 11/04/2013

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With my youngest I labeled a can of room freshener "monster repellent" and getting Care Bear sheets also helped.

Rupanwita - posted on 11/04/2013

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Keep a glass of water on the side of her bed near her head... Next moring throw that away ..don't drink... That's a rituals we follow when someone has a bad dream... Give a try... Hope everything will be fine

Eva - posted on 11/04/2013

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Have your home BLESSED and your child's ROOM also. If this doesn't work, then I would move into another home. If having the house Blessed and Childs Room Blessed does NOT WORK, then, put your Child in bed with you in your room and see if it happens then. If not, then move.

Eva McAtee

Leaha - posted on 11/04/2013

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I suggest you get ahold of some holy water, they are probley just night tremors, but children, elderly & pets are usually able to see spirits

Ali - posted on 11/03/2013

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I would start by having the baby go stay over night and see if she does it then
the next step would be to cleanse ur home with out the baby there...im no expert or anything but that is just what i would try..Good luck to u and ur baby

Amber E - posted on 11/03/2013

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Listen, night terrors are a horrible thing for a child to have to go through. What I said before was just a suggestion. I wasn't trying to shove " anyway of thinking" down your throat! YOU are the mom and only YOU can ultimately decide how you want to go about it . Hopefully this works itself out, if not you should probably "start" with your pediatrician, but that's only My opinion! I leave all the bible stuff out of it. And I hope that this ends for you really soon :)

Melissa - posted on 11/03/2013

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Kristal- These episodes are called night tremors. My oldest had them for a couple of years. I dont think these tremors are normal for kids(well not in our situation anyway). Night tremors stem from something that is going on in the ur babies life.
The best way to handle them is to give ur child a nice warm bath with Johnson and Johnson bedtime bath(vix kind works best). This will help sooth them. When she "wakes up" with these dreams DONT pick her up just rub her back and talk in a low hush vioce that she is okay and that mommy is right here with her and she is safe.
I promise that this will go away in time. Just have to have patience and know that u r not alone.

Lisa - posted on 11/02/2013

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What Amber E Cardoza said is NOT right. NEVER , EVER consult a medium or Psychic. I almost have to laugh at her mention of something brought over from "his past life". We live once, that's it !

I do agree with 100% with the post that Jacqueline Kelly posted. She is right on with what she says and her suggestions.

Kristal........I am wondering if you are a christian and if you know the Lord? I pray you do get to the bottom of this and your sweet baby will start to sleep peacefully.

Amanda - posted on 11/01/2013

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I'm nit that far into momhood yet I have a 7month old. But when I was in high school I loved my art class my teacher told us to do a college project just for fun. He told us to get a young child like 5 and under tell them to draw a monster-in your case tell them to draw what scares them- and you take that picture and use the concept but make it look funny. Maybe you can turn their fear into something they can laugh and over come the fear

User - posted on 11/01/2013

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My nephew did this for awhile when I was caring for him. I would hold him, tell him everything is okay, and eventually he'd calm down. A couple days later he told me that there was a monster in a drawing he did that was scaring him (which was creepy to hear a two year old explain). I took the picture down from where we hung it, took it to another room, and put it in the closet. He's slept fine since then. Whatever you do, just be patient with your little one. Hopefully, it'll be something as easy to fix as what I dealt with.

Ann - posted on 10/29/2013

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My son did the same thing but he was a little older. My suggestions are, get a referral to a neurologist to rule out anything really serious. I doubt that there is anything, but check. Then move on to the psychiatrist if necessary. (the neurologist may diagnose night terrors without him)
Night terrors are simply the result of an overactive brain that really doesn't reach the deepest level of sleep. Thus, the dreams are very real, and the child begins to act them out.
I also read several books to my son about bad dreams and such to my son at bed time. His favourite was "There's a Monster in My Closet". All the books, of course resolved with a happy ending.

Jacqueline - posted on 10/29/2013

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Lindsay Post is right. Some suggestions are shocking to me as I know very well what is happening. I humbly suggest you look at he counsel of the wisest man that ever lived, King Solomon
' There is a way that seems right to a man but the end are the ways of death" this is from the Book of Proverbs chapter ,,,(can someone remind us of the chapter and verse unable to research just now)

.Wrong moves will push your child and you as well, further into that and other related problems than resolve the "thing she is seeing" issue.
I would suggest you get your baby prayed over by a Christian pastor and blessed! This should resolve the matter as Jesus will do what is to be done.! The might also rebuke the spirit that is troubling her.

Another activity you could do is read Psalm 23 or 125 verses 1-4 and 91 to her before she sleeps. She does not have to understand it God will work on her behalf. She could also pray to God a simple prayer such as "Dear God please help me and keep me safe also when I sleep."

Some secondary activities you can do is remove occult things from the house if there are any there, and not allow her to be in the presence of certain causes of such troubles such as been in the hearing of negative things on the tv or having persons associated to such negative things (family or not)-have contact with her.
These are just a few items of advice.

If the mother is a Christian, she can ask the Lord to tell or show her what is the cause of the matter. He will surely tell her specifically what it is and how to deal with it.

Fran - posted on 10/29/2013

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My daughter was doing the same thing for about 8 months. If she woke up at 2am, she would scream and cry until 5am. I had dark circles under my eyes forever.
We had 2 sleep studies done to rule out epilepsy and sleep abnia. She had neither and it turned out to be night terrors. There are stages we all go through before waking up. Let's say there are 3 stages. An adult will go from 3 to 2 to 1. Imagine a child going from 3-0. That's what happens and why they wake up screaming. Imagine going to sleep and suddenly waking up hanging off a cliff and not knowing where you are. Beam me up Scotty!
Try putting a monitor in the room so you can watch what happens. One that records would be even better to show the doctor. Invest in a really good night light (We have Princess Tiana-Walmart). The small plug in's were ineffective. I even tried psyching her out with dream catchers, holy water and burning sage. The Dr. prescribed an over the counter sleeping pill, but nothing worked and we just had to live through it.

Carol Ann - posted on 10/28/2013

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Sounds like night terrors. My son had them also. What you should not do is wake them suddenly just rub their backs and gently wake them out of the sleep stage. When she starts crying again try waiting 5 minutes or so before you run in. She may just stop on her own but whatever you do don't pick her up and really wake her. Everything is a habit with kids.

Amber E - posted on 10/28/2013

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Angela may I ask you what foods you use for the casein diet? I started with the Glutino pretzels, they are casein free and really good. Also cost 6.14 at walmart yikes! Anyways, my son also has allergies and seems to be allergic to planet earth. Dairy is a big thing and the doc said to keep him off of it for 2 wks but I cant figure out a way to get him protein when he wont eat meat, allergic to everything else. Can you help me?

Teya - posted on 10/28/2013

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My son did this and still does it when he is off his reflux meds. He is two he still wakes up even when hes on it but he does not scream. My friends son had night terrors and did the same thing. I took care of a kid who would do the same thing and they found out it was epilepsy. So my advice is talk to her pediatrician and be very detailed. She what she thinks. If it will help you feel better you could have your house blessed, but I would check for a physical reson first.

April - posted on 10/27/2013

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myy 4 year old is scared of the dark. I have nightlights scattered through put my home including her bed room. It helped for a while. Then recently she has been complaint of "monsters" in the closet. I used the trick my mom used for me and started spraying her room with "monster repelant"which really consists of lysol or plain water from a spray bottle. Haven't had a problem since. I do agree with other suggestions of doing a calming bedtime routine. It helps more than you realize. I hope everything works out. . If you are able to keep a journal of the activities and what happens at the time of disterbances, it will be able to help you and the drs figure out another course of action if needed.these Good luck mom and keep hope

Amber E - posted on 10/26/2013

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What Tara posted on 10-15 is right! Religious, Spiritual, or neither it doesn't matter. Having your house and child blessed would be where to start. Children are sensitive to things and maybe your child brought something over from a past life?? Maybe she has a gift?? Find some sort of Medium Psychic/ Psychologist (is that the right name for it?) Whatever it is you have to get to the root of the problem. Even if you are skeptical of whatever, talk in a "it's ok" tone, don't bring it up unless she does. Then ask questions and try to get as many details as you can. Read or look up things related to your situation. But whatever you do, know that the pediatrician cant help you but may be able to refer you to someone. I hope this helps, Amber aepcardoza@yahoo.com

Keri - posted on 10/25/2013

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My daughter did this and even would come out and talk to us. Sounds like night terrors. She had to have her tonsils and adenoids removed and this stopped. She could just have swollen tonsils and have meds. to take them down. I would talk to her doctor about this. They will do a sleep study.

Angela - posted on 10/24/2013

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I learned there name from sensory therapists. My son was sensory dysfunction until they diagnosed him in third grade. He is on casein free diet n still has night terrors at 13. I'm used to them my husband who worked out of state until we joined him here is not n still reacts every time he starts screaming his head off. I just lay in. Bed wait a few moments the redirect Connor to bed. He has aspergers with anger issues.

Angela - posted on 10/24/2013

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Your child is suffering from night terrors. My oldest has had them since he was around the same age. They are nightmares but they never wake but act like they are. Very frustrating but you will get used to it.
Connors were at first linked to potty training. Needing to go in middle of night but not waking up just screaming bloody murder. I would have to walk him to toilet pull clothes off tell hi to go n walk him bac to bed. In morning he would have no memory.
As he got older (13 now) they are linked to what he watches does or eats before bed. We had to cut out milk for a casein brain allergy, horror movies n books after dark and no video games for long periods of time. He still has them at least once a month but I'm used to just not reacting and just redirecting him to bed n go on. He has twisted an ankle a few months ago bc we now live in two story house. But as a child just do calming things before bed and just watch for a pattern. If they have no memory the next morning u will have to play Sherlock and fine answers. With ceiling thing try night lights n doing "security checks" with them before bed. They need comforting.
I hope this helps. Night terrors are still sporadic n not much people know about them. Mine has been trial and error.

Bronwyn - posted on 10/24/2013

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Maybe it could be Panayiotopolous Syndrome?
It took 4 years of me telling the doctors that it wasn't night terrors for them to really investigate and find my now 5 year old son has Panayiotopolous syndrome. It's a type of epilepsy that occurs during sleep.
My son would start making this wailing sound and crying uncontrollably and if would thrash around and point and say unusual things.
Sometimes he would be so upset he would vomit. He would shake and breathe in sobbing gasps and look very pale with rosy cheeks sometimes. After he calmed down he would fall into a deep sleep and usually had no recall of it upon waking.
He is now sleeping through the night since we have started anti seizure medication and he should grow out of the condition hopefully.
I'm not saying that's what it is but if you are really concerned its worth looking into a different diagnosis.

Alexandra - posted on 10/22/2013

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My youngest child use to do this until he was about 4. It's call night terrors, there is no explanation for it. All I know is that they can not see you or hear you, she is in a very deep sleep, you have to let it be. I use to sit with my little boy and assured him I was there in a soothing voice. That is all you can do about it. Once the episode is over she will go back to sleep. I know it is very frightening and scary as a parent not to be able to do much about it. But that is what I was told to do by our Dr. She will grow out of it...
If you feel better talking to her Dr about it, give that a try.

Lisa - posted on 10/21/2013

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my daughter had this same thing from the time we got her home until she was about 3 years old. it would stop for awhile in between, and not happen every night. the doctor told me to not let her watch tv, but that wasn't it. we had no tv service in our house. she just out grew them. i know its hard the only thing i was able to do was hold her until she woke up on her own. i did put nature sounding music on that helped some as well. just make sure its nothing with the sound of thunder. i hope it helps some. music still helps keep her calm now.

Horselovingmama - posted on 10/21/2013

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Your child could be having night terrors. My boys have had those. Do some research on these. They do see things or hillucinate with night terrors. My son has autism and has had these from time to time.

OroStoll - posted on 10/20/2013

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I know 2 ppl that went through this when they were babies. One was given a bunny and told that the bunny would protect him and he believed it and the terrors went away. The other was told to imagine a shield around her when she was scared and that would protect her. She said it worked and the terrors went away.

You can try a night light.
Hope something helps. I can only imagine. Best of luck.

Chris - posted on 10/20/2013

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It sounds like she is experiencing Night Terrors which are not the same as a nightmare. You may want to talk to your pediatrician if the continue.

Debra - posted on 10/20/2013

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this is a night terror. They are more likely to occur if they don't get adequate naps or rest time during the day. Check on your child when they are asleep as well and pay attention to the quality of their breathing. My 2 year old son got them quite frequently and it ended up being sleep apnea that was causing them because he had super enlarged tonsils. So he was never getting adequate rest/nap/sleep because of it. He had his tonsils out at age 3 because of the apnea and they were blocking both his esophagus and airway.

Leanne - posted on 10/18/2013

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As others have said sounds like a night terror. My daughter had these at age 2 as well. During a night terror there is not a lot you can do - what helped my daughter the most was to put on a night light and just lying next to her humming a lullaby - holding her made it worse. There are some things that can help prevent or reduce frequency of a night terrors, make sure she is not overtired, make sure there is not anything she is watching/ being read that scares her (my mum read my daughter the big bad wolf story and it made things much worse), try getting her to sleep on her side or stomach - not back (she is no longer a SIDS risk) - sounds weird but it seems to help. Another thing you can try if she is having these at a set time after falling asleep is to set your alarm for 20 mins or so before she is due to have a night terror and gently wake your baby and resettle, this can prevent them going into the sleep state where night terrors occur, still a bit disruptive to everyone but not nearly as bad as a night terror. The last thing that helped my daughter was reading her the book 'mommy daddy I had a bad dream' here is the link http://www.mommydaddyihadabaddream.com/ she was closer to 3 when I got this though and she started sleeping through after the 3rd night reading it to her. Hope something I have written helps you - I understand it is a difficult time for you!

Kim - posted on 10/18/2013

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My grandson use to do that, this one lady told me to get a dream catcher and place it over his bed, don't know anything about a dream catcher but it did the job, he is six years old now and still has that dream catcher over how bed, the doctor call all that crying and he's still sleep (Dr) called it night (tearer) excuse my spelling... it really worked, now I'm wondering when should I take it down.

Erika L - posted on 10/17/2013

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Kristal, it will help to know when this behavior started, is this been going on for a while or its something that just started? Generally if your child has been sleeping well and this is a new behavior, could be related to something that scare him or her and is fresh in her mind. Most children when they wake up, in the middle of the night, they wake up upset, but could be related to different factors, check how well is your child eating through the day, if diaper are clean, when he wake up, and have a warm bottle of milk ready so you feed him, while his still semi- sleep, this will comfort him , try not to get him out of bed, but if you need to, put him back in his own bed. if your child, has eat well, is clean and your give him a warm bottle of milk to comfort him, them put him back in his/ bed with some soft music and let him go back to sleep, on his own, tell him, you need to go to sleep, your child will cry for a little bid but should go back to sleep, leave the room ,and even though he cry, you need to stay out the room the keys here is YOU NEED TO BE CONSISTENT..
IF you child eat well, and drink enough milk through the day, most children sleep well through the night,, generally they wake up because they are hungry, or wet, or cold, also if you are reinforcing his crying by checking too often, if his need are meet let him cry! I know it's hard to do but, the more you reinforce the crying the more difficult is going to be to getting him to stop it. .
check to see that your child don't watch TV, specially cartons before going to sleep, because TV overstimulate your child, establish a good nigh time routine, that include
A warm bath, some cuddling time, and bottle of warm milk , and some soft music to listen while you put your child to sleep on his/ her own bed/ crib, good luck
it's hard to hear a baby cry!!! but is you are consistent he will stop sooner

Alwyn - posted on 10/15/2013

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I would very much agree with the lady who got her pastor to pray over your child. I would like to pray by typing a prayer on here. If you agree page down for the prayer and if you don't we'll it's your choice










I pray in the name of Jesus your child your child shall no longer be tormented by evil spirits Amen

Amy - posted on 10/15/2013

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Sounds like night terrors. My son suffered from this for 2 years. It was horrible! We felt so bad for him but couldn't do anything but hold him till he woke up. Mention it to your Doc. Generally they are harmless but rarely can be a symptom of seizure activity.

Tara - posted on 10/15/2013

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My daughter was doing this as well! I don't know if you're a religious person, but I had my pastor come over and pray over her and my house. She never did it again.
Children are very sensitive and can feel see and hear what we cannot.
I hope this helps. I know how scary this is.

Yomi - posted on 10/14/2013

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If you are a christian just say a prayer for your child. In the name of Jesus Christ whatever is disturbing iour son yo release his mind now. As a parent you have the authority to confront the issue through the power God has given uou in Christ.

For the sake of the innocent little one pray. He needs you to help him.
Also watch out for the cartoons he may be watching they can be quite scary these days and cause nightmares. Any thing that triggers fear should be avoided evensome times honestly. I do that with my kids.
If you dont know Christ say Lord Jesus Christ forgive my sin I receive you as my personal Lord and saviour mow. I believe uou died and rose for my salvation amen. Then go to a churh that believes in the bible. Jesus loves you .

Jessica - posted on 10/14/2013

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Sounds like night terrors, my step daughter did it for a little bit when she was two and it was really scary at first but I read about it and they say not to touch them or talk to them at all just to stay in the room to make sure they don't hurt themselves. Touching them and talking makes it worse because they don't really know its you they just incorporate it into the nightmare. Luckily for us it only lasted a few months and then she was fine but they say a lot of times it has to do with changes in environment, lack of sleep etc. good luck and try not to worry too much, I know it seems horrible but just know its relatively common.

Laura - posted on 10/14/2013

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My grandson did the same thing and would sometimes cry for two or three hours. He was having seizures in his sleep. He was actually trying to point at his head, but was still partially asleep and would just point up. When he has seizures while awake, he just stares at an object. They are called absent seizures. You may want to have her checked for them. He takes 5mg of melatonin at bedtime

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