Night Terrors

Sarah-Anne - posted on 03/05/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My daughter turns 1 on the 20th. For the past week and a half or so she has been all of a sudden screaming in her sleep. at first i thought she was waking up screaming, but finally realized in the last few nights that she is still sleeping. she wakes up after about 5-10 minutes of screaming and is seems disoriented and is clingy. She also pees so much that she soaks through her night diaper and pajamas and sometimes sheets. a few friends with preschool age kids say it's night terrors. the problem is that it happens most often when she takes two naps a day, each 2+ hours. She'll wake up an hour after she goes to bed, then every two hours starting at midnight. When she doesn't nap good, she usually sleeps from 8p-6a without interruption, but she is cranky and crabby all day cuz she's so tired. Anyone else have this problem? Is it really night terrors or something else?

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Judy - posted on 03/06/2010

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Maybe try taking away one of her naps to see if it helps long term. Some of my kids have had the terrors and it is terrifying to parents! What worked with mind is to make sure that you fully wake your daughter up. Once she pulls out of the terror make sure she is completely wake before putting her back to bed. One of mine would slide right back into the terror if she fell sleep to soon afterwards. It is instinct to snuggle, soothe and cuddle them back to sleep but that seems to make them reoccur. When in doubt talk to your DR about it.

Shelley - posted on 03/05/2010

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Do you think it could be teething pain. One seems so young for night terrors. My little guy moaned alot & would cry out in his sleep around that age.

Charlotte - posted on 03/05/2010

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My daughter has them. I was told to never try and wake her up when she is screaming bc it can cause her heart to stop. I just let her scream until she is done and then I pick her up and comfort her. She is 2 now and only does it once every 3-4 months. Its hard to see her like that and not be able to make it stop.

Jessica - posted on 03/05/2010

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First, I would talk to your doctor about this and see what he/she says.

My son who is 6 years old has had night terrors since he was maybe 3. He doesn't get them very often, but when he does, he will get them for 2 or 3 nights in a week and then they go away for months. I don't know what trigger his, but I know they are unpleasant! He doesn't remember them in the morning.

The only thing that works for us is to let him go thru it. If we try to wake him up in the middle of it, it comes back within an hour of him going back to sleep. If we just let him ride it out (sounds awful!) then it usually passes and doesn't return that night.

I'd say maybe try to have her nap less - maybe try 1 1/2 hours each nap and see if that helps.

Good luck and you're not alone! Lots of kids have night terrors.

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