Night Terrors

Nikki - posted on 04/09/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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One of my twins wakes up regularly in the middle of the night screaming bloody murder. When my husband or I go in his room, he is trembling. We have to bring him into our room for 20-30 minutes to calm him down before he will go back to sleep. his twin bother sleeps in the same room with him. Are these night terrors? has anyone dealt with this? Any suggestions to help him sleep better?

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Amanda - posted on 04/09/2009

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my son had awful night terrors.. his fear was bugs. he thought bugs were crawling al over him, and the worst part was he was semi awakem abd the dr's couldn't explain the problem. they told me to put a night light in, and to reassure him as best i could, and read alot of books about his fear.. and show him there's nothing to be afraid of also.. the dr said to never make him feel like he has no right to feel that way, and be scared validate how he feels, accept and understand and try to wrok through it. my son also needed sleep therapy, and he is 6 now and fine. but unfortunatly it took almost a yr...hope that helps keep me posted, and if you have anymore question find me...

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Jay - posted on 05/01/2014

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It is possible your son is having night terrors. Most commonly, you would look for signs that he cannot be aroused during the episode and cannot remember the incident the next morning.
I am a researcher at Stanford University and I am working with a team to find a treatment for night terrors in children. As you may have seen, there is not too much clinical research on the causes and effects of night terrors. My team is conducting an investigational study for a new treatment option at the Stanford Sleep Clinic. We are recruiting patients in northern California for our study and we are also conducting a survey to try and gather more information from parents of affected children. If you think your child is experiencing night terrors, please visit www.caydian.com and help us learn more about the condition. Thanks for your help.

Amanda - posted on 04/11/2009

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Yes, my four year old has these and they started the first night we moved into our new house. He screams and freaks out and runs around, points at things that aren't there and it's really scary, it brings me to tears everytime. So, we thought we should look it up online and found out that when we were trying to calm him down it was making it worse and just make sure he dosent hurt himself. We also read that sleep deprivation can play a big part in them. His has started to worsen lately, the other night he ran through the house screaming and then pulled his pants down and peed in the kitchen! its now especially hard with a newborn. we are just hoping its the worst and now its gonna get better. if you find anything that helps, please let me know.

Rachel - posted on 04/10/2009

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my eldest daughter did that when she was about 16-18 months, she'd just sceam and point at things and it made it worse if we tried to hold her they would last about 15-30 mins then she would just get back into bed stop screamin close her eyes and go back to sleep, although it seemed as if she was asleep through out the whole episode. i made sure her room was safe, baby gate on the door, all the furniture bloted to the walls etc because she used to wonder around whilst sceaming. i just sat in the room and talked to her. it's a horrible thing i used to feel so helpless olivia grew out of it quite quickly i hope your son does too.

Jen - posted on 04/10/2009

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My daughter was doing this for a few nights. It all started when  we went out on a date once and she went to a babysitter one night (for the first time) and she didn't know her very well.  Have there been any recent changes to his routine?  I know that feelings of insecurity and a lack of predictability will cause them :(  Poor guy.

Nikki - posted on 04/10/2009

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He's only 20 months.. so he can't really communicate whats wrong yet. thanks girls for all your help!

Eloise - posted on 04/10/2009

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Both of my kids have had night terrors. My 5yr old hasnt for about 6 months so Im hoping he has grown out of it. My 2 1/2 yr old often has them it is scary. All you can do is keep on comforting them until they settle. Sometimes after about 10 mins my son will take a milk bottle and drink it whilst still asleep and he settles. It doesnt always work with him though. Good luck :-)

Cathy - posted on 04/09/2009

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as 1 of the other mums said there is nothing u can do but comfort them till they calm down, as i said before it does get a little better as they get older my son has gone from screaming to talking in his sleep and not making any sence, he just looks through me as tho am not there. i found it has got better with time. i also find it happens if he has a late night instead of his usual bedtime. good luck

Erica - posted on 04/09/2009

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Nikki how old is he? has he gotten out of bed or if in a crib stood or pulled himself up? Are his eyes open while he's still asleep? If so you probably are dealing with night terrors. If not i could just be really bad dreams.  If he is having night terrors the doctors always told us not to touch until you are sure they are awake and to give a glass of water. A night light is a great Idea but you have to watch where you place it make sure it doesn't cast scary shadows on the walls that could further the fear before he falls asleep.  If he is old enough we always gave benedryl to put them him to sleep.  Hope this helps!

Suzanne - posted on 04/09/2009

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My daughter has had night terrors as long as I can remember, I found that there is nothing that you can do during one other than talking calmly to her until she calms down and wakes up enough to realize that she is okay.  Also I have found that food and beverage plays a GIANT role in her night terrors,  If she has junk like cheese puffs and iced tea close to bed times that triggers it for her. I would suggest that you make a log of what she/he is eating and what times for a while then look back on the nights that they have the terrors and see if there are any common food and beverages on it.  Hope this is helpful, good luck I know how stressful it is.

Cathy - posted on 04/09/2009

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hi my older son who is nearly 3 used to do the same as ur little one it would take a long time to settle him back down, he doesnt do it hardly anymore, but write down what time about in the night he usually does wake up and then 5 minutes before he that time just wake him slightly so he opens his eyes and then let him go back asleep this might help, it worked for me sometimes but not all the time but worth a try. hope this helps

Charley - posted on 04/09/2009

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It could be night terrors but you are better of taking him to a doctor to be sure. To be honest there is nothing they can do even if it is. I took my son to the Doctor and he said its just 1 of those things and he should grow out of it. My son used to wake up screaming when he was a baby and now he is older he still does but he talks and doesn't make any sense and points at things that aren;t there I just hold him and let him calm down theres not a lot else you can do,sorry.

Krystle - posted on 04/09/2009

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thats like a little me! i screamed for my mom in the middle of the night until i was 7 or 8. she refused to let me have a night light, but eventually she did. then i slept better. i did experience a lot of death as a child so that always scared me. do you have a night light in his room? good luck! my mom was so sick of me!!!

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