Can my 21 mth have bad dreams?

Kim - posted on 05/17/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )




My son got up 3 times last night screaming at the top of his lungs. I go in their & their is nothing wrong. I picked him up, soothed him then laid him back in his crib & he was fine. Could he be possibly be having bad nightmares? He is not like this.

His daycare teachers says he does this when he takes a nap sometimes. I wonder if that has to do with it & what can I do to help my pore little man?
Thanks KIm


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Kelly - posted on 09/07/2010




I've been told by a few Dr's that when babies are little and haven't been exposed to much yet, their nightmares are of their parents abandoning them. when they're really young, as soon as you walk out of their sight, they think you don't exist anymore... unless they can still hear you. so some babies freak out about that in their sleeps.....including mine. lol. not much anymore, but she sure used to.

Tiffany - posted on 08/01/2010




Oh yes, definitely! But it doesn't sound like night terrors, so you're lucky. If its night terrors, they can't be consoled. In fact, trying to console them will make them worse! I recommend a radio, with a CD of you talking to him playing on repeat. It should keep the scary dreams away.

Tabatha - posted on 07/30/2010




My son sometimes has nightmares as well, and I also notice (as PP said) that it seems to be on days where he may have taken a tumble....

Gina - posted on 07/30/2010




yer my littleboy who is 2 in 2 weeks times often has then if he has had a fall during the day and hurt him self or got scared off some thing

Georgina - posted on 07/29/2010




hi its sounds like some of the babies on here are having night terrors, just to warn u with night terrors you cant wake them up as it is very dangerous to the child, i only know this cause my little brother used to have them really bad, but they do grow out of them, plus some foods can bring on nightmare. i know this its only short but i hope it helps, :) xx

Danielle - posted on 06/21/2010




hello, my son has always had rough nights and is 2 in augest! he use to cry in his sleep, and make funny noises as if he was in pain! doctors have found nothing wrong, he now however wakes in the night dripping with sweat and crying, still fast alseep and sitting up, i normaly just lay him back down and sit a while. sometimes i have found him on the floor beside his bed crying as if he has tried to come and find me. he has never been awake when i go to him its very desturbing for someone to watch if they have never seen it before, it doesnt happen very often now, and i found a routine settled him down a lot

Tammy - posted on 06/19/2010




Hi there, my daughter was like that, but most times she was inconsoleable... turned out she was having night terrors. Scared the crap out of me,lol. But he eventually stoped having them. Im not sure if that helps but its worth looking into :)

Sara - posted on 06/18/2010




my son used to have them every night theyve calmed down a bit now but when he does have them i have to wake him up as he is unable to wake himself up from them then i am able to calm him down i guess most children have them

Ashleigh - posted on 06/15/2010




My son has had nightmares/night terrors for almost a year now. Some nights he's fine but most nights he wakes up screaming or is thrashing and crying in his sleep. Sometimes he acts like he's awake but has no idea that we are there trying to comfort him. The doctor says that some kids just have them and they usually grow out of it by 3. Good luck!

Alda - posted on 06/05/2010




I have twins, and the one often wakes us up screaming. When you get to her she's lying there, fast asleep, whimpering. I've wondered the same thing. I suppose it could be bad dreams, what else could it be?

Nicole - posted on 05/27/2010




Sounds like he is having nightmares. I don't think there is much you can do about that. I noticed that my three girls tend to have more nightmares the more tv/movies they watch, I don't know if your son watches tv, but if so, maybe try turning it off and see if that helps. What may be normal to us can be frightning for children.

Amy - posted on 05/17/2010




hey children dream about events that have happened in that day or so my daughter usually has these bad dreams when something has happened eg,slipping over and hitting her head or something along those line i wouldnt worry too much as like i said they are just reflecting on what has happened in the day or the past few days as much as it is annoying

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