my 6mth year old daugther is waking up in the middle of the night screaming?? she will not calm down even with me. what can i do?

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Orangegloves - posted on 04/17/2009

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Our girl has night terrors. They're hereditory according to our health visitor so she probably got them from me. They're not the same as nightmares as usually the child appears to be awake but is actually still asleep. Also, nightmares happen in REM sleep, but nightterrors are from deep sleep stage 3. They're not images like nightmares, just an overwhelming emotional response due to chemical imbalance in the brain.

They usually happen for two week periods and then stop again for a while. If you can wake them up, wake them up, but not by shock or hurting them. Just gentle holding and talking to them. When they come round they wont know where they are for a minute or two, so will likely still freak out, just hold them and talk to them til they calm down. That's all you can do if it's night terrors. They are unusual before 12 months, but our girls started around 7 months.

Paulette - posted on 04/16/2009

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Hi Samantha,   Is she teething (red gums, drooling, mild temperature, white spots on gums)? Has she been tugging on or putting her finger in her ear(s)?

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Possibly night terrors, is she awake or asleep? I read that if they're sleeping you're not suppose to wake them. My daughter had one this morning.

Lori - posted on 04/15/2009

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Our baby has been doing this too.  We do not know why either.  The other night I put her in our bed gave a bottle and some tylenol and waited till she fell back asleep to put her in her crib.  I think she is teething again that is the only explanation I can think of. 

User - posted on 04/15/2009

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My daughter does this for one of two reasons:



1. She is very sensitive to severe barometric pressure drops - she starts screaming before the weather alerts! The only thing that calms her down if it is this is tylenol and a bottle.



2. She also wakes up screaming with nightmares if my husband and I aren't careful what we watch when she is in the living room with us. We are big sci-fi fans, and when we watch Star Trek while she drinks a night-night bottle, she wakes up with nightmares.



Hope this helps!

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