night terrors- any suggestions?

Armanda - posted on 03/31/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son is 3 years old and has been having night terrors. He had them for several months before, and then they stopped. Now they are back. The doctor said there is nothing I can do for them, just wait them out. Lately, they have been longer, and he has been yelling, kicking, and flailing about more. I feel so bad that I can't comfort him. I am also sleep deprived. Anyone have experience with this? Any suggestions/ home remedies to try?

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Rebecca - posted on 04/03/2011

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My 27 month old son has never slept all night (ahhhh). But for a while I know the problem was night terrors. He would wake up screaming and I would have a hard time calming him down. I called the doctor and they said the same thing. However, then I talked to my mother-in-law and she gave me some wonderful advice. She told me to put a radio in his room, by his bed, and turn it on softly. The first night I had the radio on country, and that didn't work. The second night I turned it on soft rock, and it worked wonderfully. The sound (and I'm sure the light) has helped tremendously. Since I started doing that he has had very few screaming episodes in the middle of the night. Try this, I hope it works as well for you as it has for me!

Armanda - posted on 04/02/2011

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Thanks for your input ladies! My son isn't a good sleeper, and I know that is part of the problem. He NEVER naps, and it is very difficult to get him to sleep at night. He is extremely active and fights his sleep, partly becasue of some sensory issues. I haven't heard of waking them up 15 minutes before they usually would have a terror, but I'll have to try that. Luckily he didn't have one last night. =) I wish I could pick him up and walk around with him, but he becomes extremely aggitated during the terrors, even if you just try rubbing his back and whispering to him. Haven't heard of the mommy sprinkles either. I have heard of giving Melatonin. Has anyone used that and had any success? I'm thinking of taking to the pediatrician about it.

Sara - posted on 04/02/2011

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Night terrors typically start when something has changed in their lives. My daughter started having them when we moved into a new house. So we made a point to finish decorating and setting up her room first to make it special for her and then it slowly stopped. It broke my heart to see her go through it. When she would wake up screaming we would pick her up, turn all the lights on, and we would just pace up and down the hall way telling her Mama and Daddy are here you are safe. After about 10-15 mins she would wake up, say she was tired and pass right back out peacfully. Native Remedies.com also has a product called mommy magiv sprinkles that you can give your child during a moment of trama to calm them down kind of like a natural sedative. But getting the medicine in them when they are kicking and screaming can be quite difficult

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I read that having a very consistent bedtime routine is a good course of action as night terrors often happen if a child is overtired. Some people also suggest gently waking your child up 15 minutes before their night terrors start for a couple of nights (if they happen at the same time each night) so their sleep cycle starts again, then leave it for a night and see if it helped. My son hasn't had night terrors though, so haven't tried any of these techniques, have just heard them in conversations with other mums. Hope you find something that works!

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