NIGHT TERRORS / NIGHT MARES

Kim - posted on 04/09/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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Has anyone out there had their child diagnosed as suffering from night-terrors or nightmares???

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Deidre - posted on 09/18/2012

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my brother had them growing up so when my daughter started at about a year old it was scary but I called my mom and talked to her and my doctor. My doctor said to keep her sleep on a strict schedule so we started that and kept with it and she has had very few night terrors since.

Jessica - posted on 05/21/2012

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My son is 6 and started having night terrors about 3 months ago. At first it was 1-2 times a week, then turned to an every night (multiple times a night) episode. So far the only thing that has worked for us is my going in to wake him up about 20 minutes after he falls asleep. I was forcing him to stay awake for 5 minutes, but have dropped that down now to just being sure he actually wakes up and then putting him back to sleep in a minute or two. The thing is--I tried to do this for a week to break his sleeping cycle, but that didn't work. I have to do this every night or he will lapse into a night terror .... so I've been waking the poor kid up every night now for 3+ weeks (and he is mad when I do!)but it is better than going through the night terror.

Jennifer - posted on 10/27/2011

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My 7 year old son has never officially been diagnosed but he definitely has it. I've noticed that it happens the most when he gets too hot when he is sleeping. What I do is sit on his bed while he is running around freaking out. He will keep coming into the room and I just keep telling him over and over "you are safe, I am here. No one can hurt you." He will run in, lay on his bed, jump up and run away again. I just keep reassuring him and telling him to lay down so I can rub his back. When I get him in the bed I tell him to look at me and I repeat the same thing over and over. Eventually he calms down enough to stay in his bed, I rub his back and talk to him calmly til he tells me that he is okay. It can be frustrating but can also be entertaining. Yeah, I sound like a bad mom when I say that but the things that he says can be really funny.

Lyndsay - posted on 04/15/2010

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I haven't had any official diagnosis, but my son has had them ever since he was about a year old. He's two and a half now and he hasn't had one for months until this week. I just hold onto him and let him know that I'm there... I try to get my voice to penetrate the dreams without waking him up abruptly.

Jessica - posted on 04/15/2010

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My 4 year old was never diagnosed but she did have them for about a year at 2 years of age but they are gone now. She still sits up while still sleeping and yells out sometimes but not as bad as they used to be.

Dawn - posted on 04/14/2010

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Roseann- you should find another pediatrician. That doesn't sound right. If they haven't done anything for your daughter then you should seek elswhere!!

Alisha - posted on 04/13/2010

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With Night Terrors the child does not wake up and it is best not to wake them. Night Mares they will wake up and usually remember what it was about. Depending on what is going on you can do different things. I learned this in psychology class. It is normal for children from 2-5 to have them. If they are having nightmares try to talk it through about what scared them. Thats what I do with my three year old son. His is usually about monsters are out to get him and I will check the room and tell him its ok and he can usually go back to sleep. I don't know what to say about the terrors cause my son doesn't get them but you can comfort them but don't wake them cause that can cause harm they are in the deepest sleep when they occur. Hope this helps a little.

Roseann - posted on 04/13/2010

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My daughter has had night-terrors since she was born. Our doctor has done nothing for us and keeps telling us is normal for toddlers, she just turn two. Please let me know if you find a solution that helps the problem.

Tracy - posted on 04/12/2010

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I think my daugther has them once in a while, I also think she sleep walks at times. Children with night terrors will scream out but when you go by them they are basically still asleep and totally unaware of what is going on. Nightmares usually wake the child up and they are aware of what is going on. With either it's best to go to them and comfort and console them. the child with night terrors may not wake up immediately but may have a look of total terro on their face.

Leatonya - posted on 04/12/2010

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Yes ma'am my daughter has literly had them since birth had her tested for everything under the sun.Now that she is 9 they are few and far between and she was diagnosed with adhd and they are still testing her for other codition that are genetic in our family! I do have a tid bit of advise never try waking them as they could possible hurt themself or others. My daughter also sleep walked and she would run into stuff including the walls and table and has fall down the stair to the family room at my parents house! I found that over the years some of the things that triggers hers was stress and when i mean stress i mean the kind that children normaly have :like the birth of our last two children,and for some odd reason when we go to my parents house to visit;there house is admitingly old and i think kind of creepy.Then when she got a bit older it was school and events related to school.After they diagnosed her with night-terrors at age 4 my doctor told me that there was a "cure" for them but he advised me to keep everything in her life as consisten as possilble... So that pretty much what we have done for the last 5 years except the 2 new additions to our family lol,but we keep the bed time the sam and meal time the same and she has the same routine everyday. It sounds strange but it has help to liminate her situation to maybe 2 or 3x a year verses nightly then when it did happen i could pinpoint what i belived triggered it and now know what to expect.I hope my post was of some use to you and your family and if you need anyone to talk to im here for you i know its frustrating when you feel like you can fix the problem.....~thanks for allow me post have a great day

Michelle - posted on 04/12/2010

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My son went through that from age 2-5 he has now thankfully outgrown it.

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