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Karen - posted on 01/23/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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my 2 y/o grandson Skyler is experiencing what the Doctor calls "Night Terrors". basically Skyler is sound asleep, and during the night, he sits up, still asleep, and begins to scream, and cry. this will go on for at least 5-7 minutes.

All we've been told is, that he will grow out of it. But is there anything else that could be causing these eppisodes?

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Beccy - posted on 01/23/2009

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My son does this, and I have been told the one important thing is to NOT WAKE THEM UP!! You can sit with them, and hold them, and talk with them, but don't shake them or try to get them out of that state. I have been told that make it worse.... My son is 8 and has had them on and off for a few years.

Christina - posted on 01/23/2009

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Personally, I would monitor his diet.  I know nothing about night terrors but diet is something that isn't often looked at when maybe it  should be.

Halley - posted on 01/23/2009

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This may sound unusual but there was a report on tv stating that, large tonsils and adenoids are a common cause. Does your grandson snore also?



You may want to talk to your doctor about this

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I don't want scare you but my son had night terrors for over 5 years.  The good news is that they do in fact grow out of them.  He is 10 now and hasn't had any since just before he was 9.  I agree with Gemma - we started a routine of calming activities before bed including no TV - he rarely had them on those nights and they tended to occur more when he was overtired and was overly stimulated before bed.  I found that I could identify one starting by a whimpering sound that he would make and was able to stop alot of them before they started by sitting with him and telling him "Mommy's here" in a soothing voice and rubbing his back or arm.  Hope this helps.

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My sons night terrors occur more often when he is overtired. I try to make sure he has a nap during the day and I start to slow down around 5pm and keep things calm for dinner and then a bath and bed for 7pm. I also noticed a big improvement when I switched the TV off in the evening. They only really happened for a couple of months and he hasn't had one now for about 4 months.

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