can anyone help with night terrors?

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my 17 month old has night terrors. wakes up 2-3 times a night screaming. help!

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Elizabeth - posted on 01/29/2010

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My daughter got them and I would try and wake her up which makes it worse.I just had to sit there with her.

Karma - posted on 01/29/2010

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My 16 month old was doing the exact same thing for a few months. Funny thing---one of the toys that she loved the most--a pull behind dog that she would get people to "chase" her around the house seemed to be the culprit. She would squeal and giggle and run from this dog for as long as people would chase her---and the longer the play session went on-the more she seemed to wake up crying in the night. Might only be a coincidence, but a soon as the puppy was no longer in the picture---she returned to sleeping through the night.
Try watching his reactions around some of his toys-if one of them seems to occasionaly cause him distress, try taking it away for a few days

Good luck!!!

Melinda - posted on 01/29/2010

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My children have gone through this also. I looked for help and the only thing I have been found is that they are fine when it happens. If they get out of bed, gently lead and coax them back to bed. They do not remember in the morning. We have had horrible nights with this. After 6 years, I am finally getting some nights of sleep with no disturbance. My oldest used to sleep walk along with the occasional screaming. She has circled our house (inside) 3 times screaming. I don't understand it. She has gotton up and came in my room and said the craziest things and then went back to bed, or went in the fridgerator and stood there staring in space and then went back to bed. But, she never remembers any of it. She seems to have grown out of it like I was told she should. If I think of anything else, I will try to post but you are not alone.

Sarah - posted on 01/29/2010

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Honestly, there's not much you can do other than being supportive and understanding what night terrors are. I used to suffer from terrible night terrors. Usually I didn't remember what had happened, but I remember the last one very well. I'm going to explain everything I saw and felt emotionally. I'm hoping that this might help you in some way. I remember having a nightmare. I got out of bed (still dreaming, but with my eyes open), I walked into the living room, turned and looked at my mom who was sitting on the couch, saw our family dog next to her (except the dog had red eyes and abnormally large fangs), I started screaming and pointing at the dog going on and on about how the dog was going to eat me. Then the phone rang...you'd have thought I was a paranoid schizophrenic the way I was screaming and yelling completely terrified out of my mind. I was pleading with my mom not to answer it. I'm not sure what happened (I remember my mom trying to reason with me & my step dad and step brothers had never seen anything like it), but some how I got turned around toward the Christmas tree. In reality the tree was about 6 or 7 feet tall, but I saw a aprox. 14 foot green monster with fangs coming at me and all the terror came flooding back. I was later awakened by the sound of the tv. I was being held by my step father like an infant at the age of 12 or 13. I know it sounds like a bad acid trip, but if your son/daughter is truly having night terrors you must remember that even though the eyes are open, they may not be awake. They are still dreaming, and the worst thing you can do is jolt them awake. Use a calm voice and say simple soothing things. "It's just mommy." Rub their back and sing a soft lullaby...the trick is to sooth them back "to sleep." My daughter now has night terrors on and off, and now I know what my mom went through. It's very scary because you can't see what they're seeing or feel what they're feeling. Just stay calm and calm the little one down gently until sound asleep again with yes closed. Night terrors can be caused by stress, so think hard...are there any changes that have happened recently? A move, new bed, potty training, new babysitter....ect. Good Luck!

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