Night Terrors?

Cassie - posted on 04/17/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )




My son Logan, who will be 19 months on monday, is waking up at 3 in the morning almost every morning. I try to sooth him but, when i get him calmed down and i am just about to leave the room he starts screaming again. His doctor says that it is normal for him to get these night terrors but I don't know how else to soothe him. I do have a night light in his room. What else can I do?


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Misty - posted on 04/25/2009




My understanding of Night terrors is that the child will not remember what caused it unlike a nightmare where they can recall what happened. I work in a daycare with a two year old who had them. And at naptime he would scream out and cry. His teachers would squeeze his arms up and down as a comfort. As far has him crying when you leave maybe that part isn't the terrors but just not wanting you to leave?

Carol - posted on 04/24/2009




My daughter Caden has night terrors too. I couldn't phathom what she could have seen/experienced that would upset her so much. The only thing I could think of was she was having nightmares about what my husband and I were watching on tv, even when she wasn't paying attention to it. We no longer even watch The Simpson's or anything like that in front of her and her terrors have pretty much gone away.

Carol - posted on 04/19/2009




Hi Cassie,

Sorry to hear that ur lo is having night terrors. My eldest son had night terrors when he was 6 and it was heartbreaking to watch him, but obviously being 6 he could talk to me in the morning. I found that he had no recollection of them in the morning.

All I used to do when he was having a terror was go to him, cuddle him and gently reassure him i was there until the terror passed. I was advised not to try to wake him whilst he was having a night terror.

hope they soon pass for ur lo.

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