Could my son be having night terrors? Or is it something else?

Meghan - posted on 10/01/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hi ladies.



My son had an appointment with his pediatrician the other day and asked how he was sleeping at night. I told him a lot of times he cries in his sleep. I try to let him cry it out, but when he doesn't stop I will go into his room to put his paci in, thinking that maybe he is awake and needs comfort. He is always still sleeping though. The doctor had said, though it is rare, he could be having night terrors (he just turned 10 months last week). Last night was brutal. I was up every hour running into his room because he was sobbing, to find him either still laying on his stomach sleeping and crying or sitting up in his crib crying, but still asleep. I did some research on night terrors, and it says they usually last between 20 and 30 minutes. But this continues every hour all night long. I'm not sure if it is night terrors, or if it could be something else?



Has anyone else experienced this with their LOs and is there anything that can be done? I feel so bad for him and feel helpless at the same time.



TIA!

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Meghan - posted on 10/01/2012

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Hi Melissa.



Thank you for posting. It is so sad! He is also sick right now, so I don't know if that could be the problem... But he is absolutely sobbing and screaming, I will out his soother in and that will quiet him for a bit, but then he's right back at it. One time we were out at a restaurant and he was sleeping and all of a sudden let out this horrible, terrifying scream and his eyes flew open. He looked terrified. The doctor said that was probably just a nightmare. But I just don't understand what triggers these things, or why at such a young age this is happening. Like I said, he is sick right now, but this crying in his sleep isn't new. He has always done it, but the past couple of nights has been brutal. I don't know if I should call his doctor or wait a few days to see what happens.



I hope everything is well with your daughter. Thanks again for the post!

Melissa - posted on 10/01/2012

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My daughter had terrible night terrors when she was 4 years old. Sometimes the terrors occurred nightly, some lasting well over an hour. Ten months seems so young... poor guy ):

My daughter was usually found sitting up in her bed, eyes open (appearing to be awake), and crying as if she was in immediate mortal danger. It was scary and absolutely heartbreaking. I, myself, was never able to comfort my daughter during a night terror. She would start screaming and thrashing around if I attempted to hold her or comfort her in any way (even more heartbreaking). Her stepfather though, was able to calm her down most of the time. It often took close to an hour for her to calm down and "fall back to sleep." She never remembered anything about the whole ordeal the following morning.

My daughter and I were seeing a counselor when her night terrors were at their worst. Her biological father, whom she was very close with, had recently become absent from her life. The counselor and I both felt the absence was the trigger for the night terrors. She also informed me the person having the terror is often still sleeping, even though they appear to be awake. I was told there wasn't much I could do, other than make sure my child was safe and could not hurt herself if she thrashed around during a terror. As quickly as the night terrors began, they ceased.

My heart goes out to you. It is very stressful and the feeling of helplessness Sucks!

~As a baby, my daughter often woke up crying and looking angry for no reason and I always thought "oh Ally, the world isn't That bad!" Maybe that was really the beginning of the night terrors! :)

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