Nightmares at 8 months?

Christina - posted on 12/04/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Blayne will be 9 months old next week. He has been sleeping through the night since 2 months old, now lately he will wake up at night or during a nap crying. . sometimes he will start crying and I dont even know if he is awake because his eyes are closed tight and I have to pick him up and soothe him until he will open them and calm down. Is it early enough that he is having nightmares?

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Sacha - posted on 12/07/2009

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My baby (Finlay, 5 months) often cries in his sleep and i put my hand face and I try not to pick him up unless the crying goes on for more than a few min's as i don't want to wake him if he's crying in his sleep, i just want to let him know in that distant dream world of his, that his Mummy is there watching over him. Everyone dreams it is how the brain deals with everyday events, we work through our problem's and worrie's, babbies are no different. When Finlay frowns or cries out in his sleep i often think "Oh that will be him thinking about me leaving him in the cot to cry for a whole 3 min's while i had a wee.....ooooo bad Mummy!!!!!" :-)

Brenda - posted on 12/05/2009

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It is something about rem sleep. When there brain reaches a certain rem . Is when this all happens. i even took him to a sleep therapy. And this is what they said. And yes they grow out of it.it is only a few minutes each time. But it's the most horrifying few mins. in your life.

Veronica - posted on 12/05/2009

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My son was about 4 or 5 yrs old when he got night terrors. He would sit up on his bed and start to cry and fight like if something was attacking him. We would just sit there with him supervising that he would not hurt himself, it was so gut wrenching to not be able to do something to help him. My husband is a doctor and he knew not to wake him up just wait it out. This usually happened shortly after he would fall asleep for the night, about 1-2 hrs afterwards. It lasted for a couple of minutes which often seem much longer when your going through it, but then he would just lay down and fall back to sleep. In the morning he wouldn't remember it. Within several months it stopped and never came back. They say they grow out of them, it might also be hereditary my father in-law said he had them as a child. My son is now 13 yrs old and hasn't had any more night terrors. I hope this encourages you to hang in there.

Brenda - posted on 12/05/2009

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My son Charlie had night terrors. When he was young. But much older then yours. he use to run through the house,turning every light he came to on.And he would have the fear in his eyes. he would push us away thinking we were monsters. Our specialist told us. Not to try and wake them. Try to get them to relax and lay back down. So i'd go get our dog to lay down with him. And I 'd say Charlie hug the baby. And relax. it worked every time.Like you said. he'd remember nothing.he is now 30yrs old. This would usually happen with the first few hrs. of sleep.
This may not of helped you out at all. but hopefully a little at least.
Brenda

Rebecca - posted on 12/04/2009

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I had the same thing with my daughter. We took her to the hospital one night when it was happening because at one stage it would happen every night. We were told the little ones have night terrors and that you don't try to wake them from it, because like your little one, my daughter would have her eye's closed really tight and her body would go ridged, you are supposed to just stay with them until the terror stops just to make sure they don't hurt themselves. It was always so heartbreaking to have to just stand there and watch and not be able to do anything. Apparently they will grow out of having the terrors.

Elise - posted on 12/04/2009

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I have no idea. But my daughter will do that sometimes too. She is 6 months old and I would hear her whimpering and little cries like a puppy would do. It broke my heart so I would feel like I had to pick her up and comfort her! Good luck, and ;let me know! Really though, what could they have nightmares about? Someone stealing their bottle?? I dont know, but I hate it too!!

Maria - posted on 12/04/2009

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My son Anakin had "night mares" or actually, night terrors at that age. It didn't last for more than 2 weeks before he got over them. It is possible, if there's nothing else physically going on (teething, gas, colic, etc). We would wake him up, and put him back to sleep. It was a phase that didn't last very long.

Joanne - posted on 12/04/2009

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My baby used to wake up screaming in the night. She just had a burp! Try burping your baby. It really works!

Heather - posted on 12/04/2009

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My doctor told me that young children and babies can get night "terrors" different from nightmares because when they wake up they don't remember them. They are not sure what causes them. The best thing to try is to keep him on a schedule that he is comfortable with and when he's crying just be there to soothe him. If he seems like he's in pain or if it doesn't get better talk to his pediatrician to make sure there isn't something else causing it.

LaWanda - posted on 12/04/2009

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If he is soothed after to pick him up, maybe he misses you. If he is eating and nothing is out of the ordinary and no fever, I agree it could be gas, teething or anything.. If you are worried it wouldnt hurt to go take him in for a check up.. Blessing to you and hopefully this will just pass.

Archana - posted on 12/04/2009

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Its very hard to tell why babies wake up crying. It could be anything like teething troubles, gas or just seperation anxiety. It could be just a phase that would get over after a while. If it worries you too much, try talking ti his doctor.

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