How to stop night terrors

Allison - posted on 05/27/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I think my son has night terrors, he wakes up in the middle of the night screaming bloody murder, but he isnt fully awake. He is screaming with his eyes closed and it lasts for an hour or so.....what can i do?

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Lindsey - posted on 05/28/2009

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My daughter still gets night terrors, she has been getting them around 4 times a week since she was 3! A doctor told me once that he had them till college. YIKES..... I feel bad but I find that the only few things that seems to work for me is, no sweets or starch before bed, and the waking them up 1/2 hour after they fall to see helps some times!!! good luck. I cant wait till she grows out of them and gets a good nights sleep!





good luck, and if anyone hears of another way to help kids with night terrors let me know!!!! I will try anything

Lindsey - posted on 05/28/2009

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My daughter still gets night terrors, she has been getting them around 4 times a week since she was 3! A doctor told me once that he had them till college. YIKES..... I feel bad but I find that the only few things that seems to work for me is, no sweets or starch before bed, and the waking them up 1/2 hour after they fall to see helps some times!!! good luck. I cant wait till she grows out of them and gets a good nights sleep!





good luck, and if anyone hears of another way to help kids with night terrors let me know!!!! I will try anything

Ally - posted on 05/28/2009

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My son, use to do that all the time every night, and i use to go in to calm him down but all you have to do is go in and rub his back or tummy bring him his blanky or something that comforts him. Tell him he is ok and that Mummy is here, he may wake up or he may just roll over and go back to sleep. When my son woke up i picked him up and rocked him or bounced him letting him no that he is safe! So many mums say not to hold their children too much because then their more dependent of you but I have found out that holding them and comforting them when they need it makes them less dependent of you and they feel safe knowing that your there for them when they need you. It helps them do their own things and feeling safe doing them because they know that their mummy will be there is anything bad happens!
Hope i helped hun
xxx

Cathy - posted on 05/28/2009

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hi my eldest son used to do this, he would scream, with his eyes open but u could tell he was still asleep and would take ages to calm down, he done this for a while he hasnt done it for a while now he is 3. try seeing wat time he normallydoes this and wake him up just before for a minute then let him go back asleep, my son used to do it around the same time each night, good luck

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