HELP... My 15 month old has some sort of crying/spasm outbreaks at night..

Misty - posted on 05/18/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My 15 month old let out a scream that made the hair on my neck stand up.... I ran to his bedroom and he was crying uncontrollably however no matter what I did I could not get him to wake up.... He was also making these involuntary movements with his legs and arms almost like a spasm of somesort... This lasted almost 15 minutes... He finally somewhat woke up, however it was like he was out of it... discombobulated. He went back to sleep very easily but now I am so worried... Should I take him to the hospital?

He has had three other spells like this when he was younger but I assumed he just had a bad dream, but tonight it truly scared me to death... If anyone can maybe give me some insight on what this may be I would be so appreciative!!

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Your arms and legs and move while sleeping.. It can twitch and such and even just move like you are awake. My son is almost 2 and he has moved his arms while asleep, like it was a spasm. He hasn't cried out really loud. But has cried out and I would rub his back and say it is okay. He would stop. But, he was still asleep.I know he had to be having a bad dream.

But, I will tell you a story that my mom told me about myself as I was a little girl. My mom told me that she remembers several times that I would be in bed asleep and I would start screaming my head off. She would rush in the room and I would eventually sit up in the bed staring into space and I would still be asleep cause she would wave at me and my eyes would not move. She said I would be screaming and staring. Like I was looking at something. Any ways.. she said it freaked her out and it scared the pooh out of her.

I remember this and I look at myself as I am older now.. I have woke up from dreams being frightened. It is like having a dream of yourself dying and you wake yourself up and your heart is beating fast and you are freaked out. Your body is in turmoil.
So, if your son is having bad dreams and screaming out loud.. He could be so frightened, that he is throwing his arms and legs around and not waking up because he don't know how to control himself of waking himself up.

But, if you are truely scared and not knowing what to do.. Maybe talking to a peditrian would be best for you.
But, note this.. If your son would be going into a spasm or convulsion type thing.. when he would be twitching or throwing his body around.. his whole body would be going persert and his eyes would be rolling in the back of his head and he wouldn't be able to control himself at all. So, when he finally woke up, even though he seemed dazed.. (alot of people are dazed when they wake up cause they are still asleep), did he stop the throwing the arms and stuff? When he was screaming and his arms were moving,, was his neck bent back like it was trying to move to his back.. cause that is another symptom of convulsion..seizure. If not, then he was having a bad dream and could not control it. That is why he was screaming and moving his arms and legs about. If a child is scared or something dramatic happens, or something is said or he seen something on tv or something.. he could have had a bad dream that led to being frightened. Your body during sleep with a frightening dream can react to what is happening in the dream.

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Misty - posted on 05/20/2013

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Michelle,

Thank you so much for all of your information. He was not convulsing or his eyes were not rolled back... He was just very tense and his head would go back sometimes but I think it was how I was holding him. He has an appt. on Thursday so I am going to see what they will say. Thank you again!!

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