night terrors

Tahnee - posted on 04/23/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My 2 year old son has been waking up during the night and when we try to tend to him he really loses his temper and doesn't know what he wants. He points in a direction and when you try to take him there he points in the opposite. He hits the walls and tries to get out the front door to play. Or he wants to watch television. He is uncontrollable and the more we talk to him or try to calm him the worse he gets. I have done a bit of research and it would seem he suffers from 'Night Terrors'. Just wondering if anybody out there is dealing with the same thing or has dealt with it and what they learnt from it.

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Courtney - posted on 04/25/2010

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Hi there my daughter is 2 now but she has been suffering from night terrors for about 6 months. Every night she wakes at least 3 times screaming and unable to communicate what she wants, I then realised she wasnt actually awake but just acting like she was, turned out she was having these terrors and didnt actually know who i was or what she was doing!! I have discovered the best thing to do for her is to just hold her and comfort her and prevent her from hurting herself. Unfortunately after much research all that can be done is this or having a sleep study done, where they have to go overnight to hospital and be monitored...I have just decided to let it go and see if she just grows out of it. It is horrible having to watch them go through this but at least we can take comfort in the fact that they dont remember it in the morning!!

I hope this may have helped a little

love and light xxoo

Ashley - posted on 04/25/2010

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my oldest shes almost 2.5 yrs old and has suffered from night terrors since she was about 14 months we find she gets them when she is over tired like goes to bed later then normal she will wake up about a hour or two after and scream and scream and point and try to move its so scary sometimes because there is nothing you can do if you try to touch her she gets worse all we can do is offer her a drink and talk calmly to her let her know mommy and dadddy are right there and she is ok she ends up having a drink and going back to sleep sometimes it takes 15 mins sometimes it takes 1 hour .. I have learnt that if she is going to bed very late to go into her room about 1 hour after just before she would wake up with one and rub her back abit to desturb her sleep usually stops them from coming ... another time i have noticed she gets them if shes coming down with a cold or something stressful in her life is going on like a move or something.. ( when we moved is when it all started) good luck I have heard if they get to bad you could talk to your doctor they might have better suggestions

Kristy - posted on 04/25/2010

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Hi some night terrors can also be diet based, my little girl gets them if she has to much regular cows milk through the day. I use an organic cows milk and this stopped them as when she was on straight cows milk she would wake up 3 or 4 times a night just really out of it.

I dont know if i agree with the dont wake them because i found the only way to snap my girl out of it was to wake her otherwise i couldnt console her at all. She calls out at times now and you go in her room and ask whats wrong and she will point or simply say look look!! Your standing there like an idiot thinking look at what! When you question her she would get really worked up until i was able to snap her out of it.

Again yes routine is a big factor and brake can bring them on worse as well as lack of sleep or being sick. The other things is watch what he is eating and drinking on the days he has them, see if you can possibly make out a trigger because there quite often can be a food based trigger. You may need to watch for a couple off weeks and eliminate things as you go to try and work it out.

My little girl is very bright and i get the creeps from her at some tomes because she comes out with things the next morning that sends shivers down your spine. She also has 3 imaginary friends, although i firmly believe one is more of a gardian angel then an imaginary friend. One night she was restless all night woke up screaming at 12:30, she never settled then she woke screaming at 2:40 and it took me 15 mins to settle her she was so out of it. After about another half hour she settled in for 1 1\2 hours of restless sleep. That morning she climbs right up to my ear and told me straight out that aunty Tracy was going to have the baby today and its a girl. There was no hesitation from her in what she believed so when we got the call at 9:30 from my brother to let us know the baby had come and its was a girl we pretty much knew. The scary part of this all was that my sister in law had the baby at 2:50. The other thing was she wasnt sure if she was big baby or small baby, she was 7 pound 3 but had the smallest head i have ever seen on a full term baby hence the confusion!!I It was a few weeks later she told us it was Jess(gardian angel)that told her Tracy had the baby.

Freaky i know but i think that dreams are a gate way myself and even night terrors all tell us something in the end.

Lisamarie81m - posted on 04/24/2010

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I am dealing with night terrors now with my 6 1/2 year old son. He actually woke up last night and was throwing up and doesn't even remember it.

I have tracked and wrote down all the night terrors. I then went to the doctor even though I knew there was not much they could do.

Usually NT's will happen within 1 1/2 hours of falling asleep and if your child is over tired, although that isn't always the case. There is no rhyme or reason

Make sure your son is safe and try to comfort him and put him back to bed. Most of the time I will let my son sleep with us for a while during the NT. Try to stick with a certain bed time. My son was having them 5 times a week for almost a month and now its been about twice a week.

Jessie - posted on 04/24/2010

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my oldest had them and in times of big changes he still does (he is 6 now) the only thing we could do is try to soothe him, we tried a lavender extract spray on his pillow if it was really bad we would draw up a bath with lavender extract in the water and I would get in with him and it would help him "come back". my husband and I just went threw a really nasty custody battle for him and are going threw the night terrors all over again, but from the last time I went threw it with him I think i got a pretty good handle, just keep in mind that while he might look awake but he really isn't and stay calm.

good luck

Candace - posted on 04/24/2010

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My oldest daughter is now 10..but when she was younger after her father and I went our seperate ways, she would just start crying in her sleep..and within' the first week or so of her doin this is started to get worse..i was soo scared to wake her up because everyone always says not to wake someone up while they are dreaming..it could cause them to harm themselves but i couldn't take it anymore. I felt like i had to hold her..and what i did was just lay down beside her and let her kno she was ok and i was there...i caressed her arms..and back..and eventually..once we got into our own routine..she just stopped. It was like it never happened..its strange how just a small change in a childs routine can really make a difference.

Larissa - posted on 04/24/2010

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I had a child deal with night terrors, and am a child and youth workers.
Night terrors are scary for the parent, but do not try to wake your child up.
He/she will not remember anything when they wake up! and they could hurt themselves or you if you wake them up. Night Terrors do not indicate that your child has a psychological issue, some people get them and some don't.
be there to comfort your child, and he will grow out of them!

Katarina - posted on 04/23/2010

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My 1 year old suffers from night terrors. The most important thing to remember is that they are still asleep when they are screaming. The best thing to do is wake them up or else they don't know you're there. Exhaustion can bring on night terrors. Routine has been proven to prevent night terrors and not straying from it. A set bedtime is extremely important as well. Good Luck!

Tahnee - posted on 04/23/2010

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Thanks Janene for that:) It has been such an eye opener ever since I typed in the words 'my two year old wakes up in the night and rages uncontrollably & inconsolably". I feel like the weight of the world has been lifted. I seriously thought there was something wrong with him or our parenting because it was just this random wake up where he just seemed to fly off the rails at the sound of our voice. I remember now that my sister did similar things when we were younger and she did so until she was nearly 7 or so. But not every night! I can handle them now that I know what I am dealing with. I can't wait until Hudson's dad gets home from work tomorrow night to tell him all about it and show him some of the youtube videos i found. I know it will come as a huge relief to him as well.

Janene - posted on 04/23/2010

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My son had these and sometimes still gets them. He will wake up and just scream and most of the time it takes a few minutes for him to know we are holding him or sitting on his bed trying to calm him down. He is almost 5 and has had them since he was a baby. For our son we think its from him having open heart surgeries. The docs said he could get them after he had his first surgery when he was 4months old. I know that it sux and i feel so awful for him and it scares me sometimes as if he sees a ghost or something. he gets all sweaty too. good luck and i hope it slows down for u.

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