Baby having nightmares I think

Christina - posted on 06/11/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My son will be 2 in Sept. He has currently been having sleep issues. He will wake multiple times during the night and scream and cry, his eyes are closed and he is usually has his binkie in his hand or even his mouth. It doesnt seem to matter what I do or if I do anything at all. The fit can last a few seconds or minutes then he just lays down and continues to sleep. These fits are effecting his day time mood and napping as well. I tried speaking with his doctor about it but she didnt seemed concerned. I was just curious if there was anything I could do or should do? Does this sound like anything any other kids out there are going through? Thanks

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Ali - posted on 06/11/2010

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One of my boys went through this too. It eventually stops. A few things you can try for better, more restful sleep in general:

1. Meditation or Sleep music softly playing (there's a great cd out there called The Science of Sleep - http://www.serenitysupply.com/catalog/Th... - and there are a TON more as well)

2. Calms Forte for Kids by Hylands (Homeopathic)

3. Massages of any kind - My boys love arm and hand massages

4. Deep breathing exercises - Yes, even a 2-yr-old can learn to deep breath

5. The classic warm milk

I hope some of this can help your little guy! And just remember that no matter the issue... THIS TOO SHALL PASS! Hang in there!

Karen - posted on 06/11/2010

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Ah the wonderful Night Terrors!! I was told that a lot of infants get them and it's very common, more than we know!! My daughter was waking from them a lot and there is not a lot that we can do. BUT one thing I was told NOT To do, do NOT wake them, DO NOT comfort them, don't do anything, just let them ride it out themselves and it will resolve. All you need to do is make sure you keep the baby from hurting themselves. Like don't let them hit their heads on the walls or crib or whatever. But do not interrupt them, it could be much worse if you try to do that. I was told to just let them be and they will get through it. AND guess what? My daughter finally got through hers after about six months and she doesn't have them any longer and she is fine and sleeps through the night. You can read up on night terrors on the internet and you will see that you probably are going through the same thing. But they are harmless and they will be fine. I hope this helps!!!

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Christina - posted on 06/13/2010

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Thank you ladies, I will try these tips and keep an eye out. Hopefully it will pass soon it has been a long two months now. Any other tips or advice is more then welcome I am willing to try anything to help him.

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I agree with Karen. My mom said I used to get them and my oldest daughter got them. I found the best thing was to not wake her but I would talk to her softly and comfort her. i would talk softly and tell her Momy was there and I love her everything was fine. Good luck

Dmaxwell0008 - posted on 06/11/2010

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my daughter is 14 months old and does this sometimes. my instinct tells me she is having a nightmare bc she needs to be comforted and held before going back to sleep. doctors have ignored me too when i asked them and said she cant be having nightmares that young. she would wake up screaming and crying as your son does and i knew something was not right. how long has he been doing this?

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