Is it normal for my 4 year old to be having severe nightmares?

Kasey - posted on 01/06/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My 4 year old son has been having nightmares for the past month. Sometimes they are every night. HE seems to be awake his eyes are open and he knows who I am but then he starts screaming and freaking out on me like he doesnt know who I am. He is still asleep but his eyes are open. Anyways, just wanted input on the situation. I hate it for him and I know it makes it hard for him to sleep.. Thanks so much..

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Valerie - posted on 01/06/2010

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My son is 4 and he does the same thing. Has he gone through anything traumatic lately? Remember trauma for a 4 year old could be different then what we adults would consider trauma. Have him draw you some pictures and pay attention to his actions, how he draws, what he draws, etc. Child Psychologists use art therapy alot with children this age and say that you can tell a lot about a child's psyche by doing this activity. Trauma for a 4 year old could be starting school, changing schools, new sibling, observing a fight of loved ones, etc.. Think about it and if you figure it out talk to him/her about it and let them know they are loved very much and tell them constantly how "good" they are.

Randi - posted on 01/06/2010

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my neice did this for several months until they learned that it was from the tv or stories she heard at school. It seemed like the littlest thing that someone wouldnt think twice about would give her terrors...

Shanta-Kei - posted on 01/06/2010

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That sounds exactly like what happened to my Aunt's son. He would wake up like that screaming and the doctor told them it's Night Terrors. Is was like reading a de j'evu occurrence of what he was doing and going through.

Christine - posted on 01/06/2010

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My son just turned 2 in November, and I believe that he has nightmares....it's not too often, but every couple of months he will "wake up" during the night just screaming and crying. All my husband and I are able to do is to go into his room, and soothe him for a little bit, sometimes it works, sometimes we have to sleep on the floor next to his bed in order for him to fall back asleep. I don't know if that is a plausable situation for you, but it works for us. Ask your pedi to see what they have to say about it. HTH!

Maegan - posted on 01/06/2010

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Yes my 4 year old is able to talk to me 1-4 words but is completely asleep with eye's wide open. He can scream for 2 hours until he wakes up. I resorted to taking him in the bathroom sitting him on the floor with all the lights on and walking out side and closing the door too wake him up. once he was awake I slept with him because if he falls asleep to quickly he falls back into it. His Night Terrors are a common after effect of his Kawasaki's disease. I would assume that getting them to wake up competently is the key to stopping it at the time. We also give him Melatonin and call it Monster medicine and that seem to help him get more sleep because they happen more often if he is over tiered . Good luck

Ellen - posted on 01/06/2010

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You can try to have him sleep with a radio on low or even a fan some kind of constant noise will make it so he can't get into such a deep sleep it should lessen his nightmares! or Night Terrors as I have heard them called also

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