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how do i help put my son to sleep if he has night terrors and crys all the time?

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I know when we post we want to be supportive but night terrors are not simply about teething, lullabyes and lights. that stuff can work for some of us for getting babies to sleep but night terrors are totally different. not an expert, but do know that much. and NOT meaning to criticize anyone trying to be helpful, just want the mom posting to know that night terrors (as Sue said above) are totally different.

Sue - posted on 11/08/2010

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Keenah, I've just noticed that you've said you want help putting your son to sleep. If that's the trouble, then that's not night terrors. Night terrors are when kids are asleep and "caught" between sleep phases - they appear awake & scream, etc, but are actually asleep and have no recollection of anything the following day. Is this what's happening, or are you having trouble getting him to sleep in the first place?

Sue - posted on 11/07/2010

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My 3 year old had night terrors for about 5 months when she was around 2 (how old is your son?). She used to wake up screaming, wouldn't recognise us or let us cuddle her, but just screamed and banged herself on the walls, etc. The first time it happened I thought she was possessed! I found that if I tried to cuddle her & calm her down it just made it worse. The only thing I found that helped was sleeping very lightly (unfortunately), and getting to her as soon as she made a noise, then giving her a drink of water saying, "here's the water you wanted honey". And she would take it, have a drink & go back to sleep. I guess she figured that's why she'd woken up. Phew! She used to go to sleep okay initially, but woke up about 3 hours into it. Is your son going to sleep well in the first place?

Angie - posted on 11/07/2010

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i have a lullaby cd that has heartbeat to it along with the music. it even helped our 3 yr old.it helped alot just dont use in car...has a lot of bass. worth a shot.

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I sought the help of a sleep psychologist when my twins were 5 months old as they were both up at diff times throughout the night for diff reasons. she taught me a lot about what I was doing wrong ("negative sleep associations") and had me introduce "positive sleep associatons." I have worried that my daughter was having sleep terrors because sometimes after about an hour or so she would start screaming. I'd let it go for a bit but would usually have to go in and cuddle her and calm her and make sure to put her down while tired but not asleep. she'd cry a bit then settle. not easy but worked. i read a lot about sleep terrors but realized it couldn't be as she was fully aware that I was there. try and google positive sleep associations or neg ones. there are so may books out there that are crap and the psychologist we saw rec two. can't remember the titles but let me know if you want me to find them for you. btw...sometimes my babies will cry and it sounds terrible and like they are waking for sure but they are not. they are just sleep talking/screaming.I've learned to not sleep with the monitor but keep the door open so I won't be woken frequently for sleep sounds but will know when they are truly awake.

Sarah - posted on 11/06/2010

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Well, Teething Can Be A Major Cause Of The Crying. Just Try Orajel Or Teething Tablets. (: They Work Wonders. As Far As The Night Terrors Go, The Only Thing I Can Suggest Is Singing To Your Little One, Read Him A Story Before Bed, Rub His Back And Sing Him Back To Sleep So He Knows Your There. (:

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