Night Terrors?

Tiffany - posted on 04/16/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My daughter will wake up crying. Tonight I went in there when I heard her crying hard and picked her up. She got a little agitated and violent! Nothing would calm her down she seemed pretty angry and what she was saying just wasn't making any sense. I laid her back down and she went right to sleep. Is this normal?

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Jennifer - posted on 04/20/2010

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my son is having the same problems but i recently bought this night light called tyke light they can sleep with it, and now he hasn't cried in 2 days. u can find it at walmart its $10.

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Samantha - posted on 10/21/2010

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My daughters doctor told me the night terrors can be genetic, if the parent has issues with sleep walking, grinding teeth or talking out loud while sleeping it is most likely genetic. My 2 year old has night terrors every night. The doctor contributes her terrors to my sleep walking and talking and teeth grinding. Weird to know. But comforting her while she has an episode is a bad idea, she actually kicked my mouth hard enough to chip my tooth.

Sheena - posted on 10/15/2010

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My daughter is doing the same exact thing! She wakes up screaming and crying so hard it sounds like someone is hurting her. It scares me to death and when I get into her room and tell her I'm there, she stops and goes back to sleep. But the weird thing is, she already seems asleep. Her eyes are closed and she doesn't say anything once I let her know I'm in the room. She's currently 2 and this happens about 3 times a night. She's never had a problem sleeping through the night since she was 2 weeks old so I have no idea what is wrong. She also has been waking up with new bruises all over her. From her cheeks to her sides. She tosses and turns so much in her sleep I'm almost wondering if she doesn't hit the railings on her toddler bed (which are made of wood like the entire bed) and maybe she's crying from the pain but in her sleep? I'm really confused. =(

Helen - posted on 10/02/2010

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Hi, my oldest son who is now 4 and 1/2 also had night terrors at about 2 yrs old. It was terrifying to us as his parents. It was very hard to see his fear and not be able to do anything for him but hold him. He experienced about 2 or 3 episodes, but has had nothing since. My 2 and a 1/2 year old has not experienced the same level of night terror as his brother. He had one episode which was mild and fell right back to sleep. You are definitely not alone in this. My pediatrician recommended not waking him up and just letting it pass. If it becomes a consistent recurring event you should seek help because it could be something more. Hope this helps momma.

Patricia - posted on 09/28/2010

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Hi I could have written the same thing as Christina, it is actually worrying and frightening to see. My boy was between the age of 1 and a half and 2 right into his terrible two which didn't help, he really did have a hard time at it and he would ask for mammy or daddy but is was as if he did not recognized us at all. it lasted a good half hour to 45 mins for us! it has passed now and hopefully won't come back! The only thing is to leave it pass, my husband dealt with it most of the time as i was handling our now 11 month old other boy. So lucky because when it happened when i was on my own, i just put him in a the car with baby and drove till he fell back asleep. looked like i was abducting a child at times!!

Christina - posted on 09/26/2010

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I had the same problem with my oldest. It happened between ages 3-5. He would wake up screaming and it seemed like he was in a trance. He would talk but not talk to me, he didn't make sense either and when he was looking at me it was like he was looking past me. He was scared and also was alittle violent at times. I found that trying to wake him out of it never worked so I always just held him and waited it out and made sure that if he lashed out that there was nothing in the way that he could hurt himself. He is 8 now and ever since he was 5 he hasn't had them, so I never looked in to it any further. At the time I was asking suggestions from people on what they thought and some people suggested theropy or speaking to a dr about it, but I never did and then they just stopped. As for it being normal I'm not sure, but you're not the only one out there so I hope that helps. I would suggest speaking to her dr and seeing what they say, maybe that will help. I hope you find the answer you're looking for. Good Luck.

Cristina - posted on 09/21/2010

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When a child is having a night terror is not a good idea to touch them or pick them up, this is a big problem in my family, the best thing to do is to let them play out the dream while keeping an eye out so they wont hurt themselves, I would consult a doctor if it continues, how old is she? Usually if it's a " Night Terror" they seem awake but really they are sleeping with their eyes open, so if you grab them it seems like what ever they were dreaming of is getting to them. Hope they get better, good luck!

Catherine - posted on 08/19/2010

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My son went through it. It's a scary thing when they are petrified and screaming all while sleeping. All I could do was tell him it's ok and that mommy is here. I read about toddler night terrors quite a bit then, they say it's because the kids are stressed and because of sugar. We eased up on the potty training and I stopped giving him a treat after dinner and saw a big improvement. He eventually grew out of it, he's 6 now. My one daughter never went through it but my little one is starting to wake up occasionally but not to the extent of my son. So I say it may be normal.

Marisa - posted on 04/17/2010

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My son cries in his sleep too. I wonder what in the world goes on in his lil imagination. I never wake him up but lay by him caressing his hair and telling him everything will be ok. Most of the time he stays asleep and calms down but a few times he will wake up and I just hold him making him feel secure even if he frets he will usually quickly calm down and fall back to sleep.

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