Night Terrors

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My three year old had night terrors but they are so random I don't know what to do. She won't wake up she just screams herself back to sleep. I'm scared to leave her alone so I sit with her and try to wake her up but she just kicks me and swings at me. I know she isn't awake and I'm not sleeping and she isn't sleeping well, has anyone been through this and have any tips??


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Cindy - posted on 01/26/2013




I think a lot of nightmares in young children can be avoided. These nightmares often stem from a young child viewing material in movies and television that is too violent for their innocent eyes. They should only be viewing G Rated movies at this stage and not R Rated or even PG-13 rated movies and video games.

Nichole - posted on 03/02/2010




My son started having them this past July (he was about 19 months old). His dad and I had split and I had to move back in with my parents. When he has them I go in and try to calm him down if I can't touch him that night I just keep telling him it's ok mommy is here, and if I can touch him I rub his back and tell him it's ok mommy is here until he calms down and can go back to sleep. There have been times that he stands up runs through the house screaming and throws himself on the floor I leave him where he is until he is safely back to sleep and I put him back in his bed. I have just learned to make sure he is not doing anything that will hurt him. He also does this at his dads and his dad does the same thing just tells him it's ok. My best advice is what my Dr told me to do (and so far it has been the best thing) Stay on the same schedule, when she wakes up go to her let her do what she needs to don't stress about it stay with her until you know she is back to sleep, so you know she doesn't get hurt. There is nothing you can do this is something they have to grow out of. For us it comes and goes and we just deal with it.

Mandy - posted on 03/02/2010




I've been threw something simmilar, not to that extreme. She would start crying in her sleep, about the time when me and my ex started having troubles. It's hard to see your child go threw that. If she won't wake up try just holding her when she starts that. Try asking her in the morning if she remembered what she dreamed about at night or how she slept. My daughter would tell me there were monsters in her dream and she will tell me when she does not sleep well. It's good to keep a record so you have something to look back on and try and piece together what they are steaming from. If it is really bad I would talk to her pediatrician. I have a family friend that used to be a psychiatrist and always talk to her when I need help.

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