night terrors?

Amanda - posted on 07/06/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My 3 year old is a really good sleeper even if she isnt tired she will lay down to sleep we have no problem with bed time however she wont sleep even an hour without tossing and turning and then moaning and hollering out loud i can hear it from anywhere in the house. this is nightly and even during naps. She wakes up EARLY in the am and come to my room wanting to lay with me so I thought MAYBE she was scared of her own room and that but she did the same thing in my room. She doesn't remember any "dreams" and said she isnt scared. I don't know if she is ok its really unsettling. I dont know how else to help her. ...She hollers "mommy, daddy, no, come back, and then random things i cant make out" shes a a very happy child so i have no clue if somethings wrong..... ideas, thoughts? suggestions?

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Amanda - posted on 07/06/2009

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thank you all! your all amazing and very helpful i will try the suggestions and i thnak you for the kinda words and helping me not worry!

Tanya - posted on 07/06/2009

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My oldest son had night terrors around midnight from ages 3 -almost 5. He would wake up and sit straight up in bed just screaming. He didn't remember it in the morning. It was every night. My sleep equals my sanity, so he slept with me. He's 12 now - so those days are long gone!! They pretty much stopped a bit before he started kindergarten. Good luck!

Betty - posted on 07/06/2009

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MY SON IS NOW 8 YEARS OLD AND HE HAD NIGHT TERRORS FROM THE TIME HE WAS 5-7 IT HAD ME SO WORRIED THAT I TOOK HIM TO THE DOCTOR. THE DOCTOR TOLD ME HE WOULD OUT GROW THEM AND HE DID. HE HAS NOT HAD ANY IN OVER A YEAR. I DID NOTICE THAT WHEN HE DID HAVE THEM IT WOULD BE ON A NIGHT WHEN HE HAD A VERY ACTIVE AND BUSY DAY. HE WOULD CRY OUT AND SCREAM. ALL I COULD DO IS CUDDLE HIM. THEY NEVER LASTED LONG, MAYBE 10 MINS. TOPS. THE NEXT DAY HE NEVER EVEN REMEMBERED THEM SO I KNOW HE HAS NOT BEEN EFFECTED BY THEM. IT IS HARD FOR US MOMS TO TAKE AND I KNOW YOU FEEL HELPLESS BUT JUST HANG IN THERE-HE WILL OUT GROW THEM.

Nicola - posted on 07/06/2009

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I know this sounds a crazy way to help, but it worked for my son. I have a 7 year old son, who duffered really badly from Night Terrors at about 3 years old. My stap-father was told by a friend that a dreamcatcher worked for his daughter, so with a lot of doubt, I bought an indian dreamcatcher from craft fair and hung it above the middle of his bed. Coincidence or not, he stopped suffering from night terrors! It's still hung above his bed today. May be worth a try!

Jane - posted on 07/06/2009

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Jack's doctor said to stop having him take naps at age 3. He use to wake up all the time at night screaming and this no nap thing has actually worked for us. The only time he wakes up during the night is to go pee.

Rhionna - posted on 07/06/2009

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I know it's hard, I felt awful when my boys went through it. My oldest son Jon was just the same, you just have to give them a cuddle and try and settle them back down, she may not be fully awake as you're doing this so it's best to keep noise and light to a minimum. My son Chris has just gone through it but he can't communicate with us yet so that was really hard at the time, but like I said it doesn't last long. x

Amanda - posted on 07/06/2009

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thank you. she just had one from her nap which is why i posted this. i went to check on her and she was sitting up ASLEEP crying i laid her back down she didnt wake up then about 30 mins later she was yelling LOUDER than even crying and shaking i had o kinda jerk her a bit to actually wake her she was frantic and hysterical and kept saying i wanted up mom i wanted p mom please mommy i dont want to sleep! but saying she didnt dream or anything and doesnt remember anything... its scarry.

Rhionna - posted on 07/06/2009

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Don't worry, my boys have both had night terrors and it doesn't last long. I don't know why they get them but as they can't remember them they don't get upset by them. It does take its toll on you though, if my boys were really bad I'd just move them slightly which would often stop the shouting. Hope this helps, and that you get some peaceful nights soon! x

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