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Night Terrors(worse than nightmares)

Bryndy - posted on 08/13/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )




My 3 yr old daughter suffers from night terrors. Its caused by a big change in a childs lifestyle.It started a couple months before we moved from Iowa to Texas and she is still experiencing it. We moved her from a room by herself to our room with a toddler bed,but when my husbands gone she sleeps with me. Unfortionatly she is still having them. When i read up on it ,they said to take her to a doctor if it is still happening after 6 months but i just hate hearing she so scarred,it breaks my heart.Any ideas on how to help her?


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My Son had night terrors for a couple months. My doctor advised to keep track of what time they happened. Around that time to gently rub his back, talk or sing quietly to try and prevent the terror from starting. His happened like clockwork between 1:30-2:00am so from time to time during that 1/2hr I would pop into his room.

She also advised if that didn't help to wake him up BEFORE the night terror started. So if it normally started between 1:30-2:00a wake him up at 1:30a and keep him up for about 10 minutes.

I was also advised if it continued for more than another month (so a total of 3) to go back and see her again. Apparently night terrors can cause permanent damage to development if they happen too often for too long.

Andrea - posted on 08/13/2009




My three year old had them for several months when we moved her into a toddler bed in preparation for her new brother. There really isn't a whole lot you can do, especially while a terror is occuring, but we found that they occured less often if we kept a steady bedtime routine. THe thing that helped the most was, after reading a book we would talk about what she wanted to dream about, and together we would make up a dream for her to have, ex: "riding a pony to disneyland to see Mickey Mouse" or "a princess wearing a beautiful dress to dance at the ball" we would discuss in detail what dream she would have, and usually it would help.

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