Can 13 month olds have nightmares EVERY night? Help!!

Tracey - posted on 08/30/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My daughter is waking up every night crying, she usually goes to bed around 9/10 ish and by 3 am she is up crying, we've tried giving her something for pain thinking teeth, we've tried feeding her back to sleep only to have her wake up again, we've tried sleeping with her, her in her crib, her in a pack/n/play... someone said it may be nightmares? Anyone have this issue before? Any ideas? She's 13 months old, breastfed, but weaning herself off currently... we see no other signs of a health issue... it's really starting to worry me.

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Amanda - posted on 08/30/2010

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i think it could be both of my kids have gone through it.. it could be something as simple as a toy showing a shadow on the wall or even while they're asleep they still hear a movie you and dad are watching and it may frighten them. even though they're asleep it may not be deep enough that they're hearing has relaxed and they could hear anything going on inside or outside the home. find some music or even a cartoon and let it play for them

Katie - posted on 08/30/2010

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My daughrer wakes up (not every night) quite a bit during the night crying too. I asked her ped about it and she said she could be having night terrors. When ever I go in her room while she is crying her eyes are closed and she jumps if I pick her up like she was asleep too. So I do believe it is night terrors. I'm not sure if there is really anything you can do about it. Maybe try a binky or a stuffed animal or some music all night long to see if that helps. Hopefully it wont happen as much anymore...my daughter used to do it all the time and now she does it only once or twice a week or less. She is 21 months.

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Karen - posted on 08/30/2010

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I've heard that kids have night "terrors". it's not actually a bad dream or anything. It's simply because their bodies are so active that they aren't completly asleep. Most of the time it's toddlers and young children that have this. My sister's kids would actually run around the house crying and never remembered anything. Only one of them was diagnosed as a sleep walker. Her sleep walking was calm and peacefull unless disturbed. Or it could just be she has a hard time sleeping for a very long time. i don't know.

Jessica - posted on 08/30/2010

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I think it could be. Both of my boys have gone through this. My oldest grew out of the every night dreams by 2 1/2. My youngest will be 4 in October and still wakes up every night, usually a couple times. Nightmares they can wake up and respond to you. Night terrors are just like sleepwalkers, they are not awake and have no idea that you are even in the room. I've had to lay them on the floor so that they don't hurt themselves (or me) kicking and hitting.

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