my 20 month old daughter is waking up at night having tantrums!! dont know what to do:(

Misha - posted on 08/21/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Ruby is 20 months old and she is generally a good girl. Although she is playing up when she is we are altogether (like mummy and daddy) she is much better with daddy, she is respecting him more than me and even if i am trying to be more strict with her she still realizes than she can do things when she is with me what she wouldnt do if daddy would be around. anyway she is quite a good girl and we both know that she is a toddler so having tantrums is pretty much very common considering her age and stage of her development but tantruming at night?? Ruby goes to bed at 7:30pm and it has been like that for ages and she is ok about it she is no trouble to go to the bed after she has a bath. she doesnt drink milk anymore not even cows milk. she drinks it during the day but doesnt want at night for some reason. we have good weeks with her when she sleeps really well she is quiet all night and then up at around 7 am. thats fayn. but then we get weeks when she starts making noises from time to time usually at the same time every night and it gets worst and worst every night and finally she starts getting up having a big tantrum for no reason. she is asleep and then she just starts crying and when i go over there she is kicking and throwing her hands doesnt want anything. it is really strange that she does it at the same time every night until it comes to nights when she doesnt want to go back to sleep at all and she would be just basically up all night ready to play. we dont understand what is waking her up if she is not sick??? not teething?? and its in very regular times? we have tried all the different kinds of techniques like supernanny's style to go to the bedroom and tell them shhhh and its bedtime and leave, and not to take them out of the bed etc. is it possible to regress at her age this way?please help. will be grteful for your opinions thank you
Misha& Guy

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Jay - posted on 05/01/2014

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It is possible your daughter is having night terrors. Most commonly, you would look for signs that she cannot be aroused during the episode and cannot remember the incident the next morning.

I am a researcher at Stanford University and I am working with a team to find a treatment for night terrors in children. As you may have seen, there is not too much clinical research on the causes and effects of night terrors. My team is conducting an investigational study for a new treatment option at the Stanford Sleep Clinic. We are recruiting patients in northern California for our study and we are also conducting a survey to try and gather more information from parents of affected children. If you think your child is experiencing night terrors, please visit www.caydian.com and help us learn more about the condition. Thanks for your help.

Misha - posted on 08/29/2013

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Thank you for getting back to me:) I am actually so glad to hear that someone has been having the same problem as we have. i will try what you have just said and see what will happen.
thanks again Misha :)

Cmoline32 - posted on 08/29/2013

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It sounds like night terrors. My daughter started them around that age also, and still has them occasionally (she is almost 3 now). It is not the same at nightmares. A night terror is when she wakes up, out of control, nothing with console. She looks awake, but she actually is not. You shouldn't try to bother her or provide comfort as it will just make her worse. I finally figured out that I had to completely remove blankets from my daughters body. It was like she was too confined, causing kicking/thrashing/etc. I usually just sit next to my daughter until she begins to calm down on her own, then I try to lightly soothe (rubbing her head or hand), and she finally just drifts back to sleep. It's hard not to try to do something/anything for her, but she is actually still sleeping and just has to calm herself.

Good luck! I hope this helps you! I know it's so scary.

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