My toddler is screaming in the night!

Stacey - posted on 06/05/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My almost 3 year old has started screaming in the night. It's not every night but about 3 nights a week. Sometimes she is still sleeping when I go in her room. Last night it took me 30min to calm her. What should I do?

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Jessica - posted on 06/06/2009

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My son is a little over 3 and has just started to cry in the middle of the night and has not been sick. With him it's a scared cry. I just yell out to him telling him he's okay and to go back to sleep. He doesn't watch anything different on TV before bed than normal. I asked him if he had a bad dream during the night that scared him and he told me yes

Amy - posted on 06/06/2009

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This does sound like a night terror, I suffered from them when I was younger and my son suffers from them occasionally. I had a stuffed animal that we used as my safe toy, my son has a dog with a binky with it. I tell him that he is ok and that he is safe and that his doggie is with him and make sure that the toy is in his arms. I hold him while he is laying in his bed until he falls back to sleep or settles down. BEWARE** If it turns into walking night terrors, you need to see the help of a DR. and Proof you house. When I had mine my mother said I would let myself out of the house or move things in the house and make a little "fort" around me with the things. just FYI**

Holly - posted on 06/06/2009

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this sounds like night terrors.. my daughter used to have these.. u can ask you doctor about them. there is nothing you can really do but keep them safe while they are having them.. (they are not actually awake at all even if their eyes are open).. the other thing my doctor suggested was to wake them about 15-30 minutes before they normally begin (because they usually happen around the same time each night) and offer them water or something just enough to disrupt thier sleep. This will interrupt thier sleep pattern and most likely help to avoid the night terror.. I did this for a few days and she never had one again. good luck i know its scary but there are a lot of other kids out there that have them.

Erica - posted on 06/05/2009

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my daughter dose the same thing she just turned three. i took her to the dr an he said she was having night terrors. he said theres nothing you can really do but confert her. i just rock her and just keep repeating to her that mommies here and your safe. it takes a little but she does settle. you feel helpless but ya just do your best to make them feel safe

Kayly - posted on 06/05/2009

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ive read somthing a bout night terrors which young children have i think they are a bit like a nighmare the child is asleep and doesnt remember what is happening if i remember correctly its says just to calm them like you did and lie them back down but not to wake them (like they say about sleepwalking ) hope this helps a little it may be worth lookin at some info on them x

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