Nightmares at 2 1/2?

Candace - posted on 07/12/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I'm not quite sure what's gong on with my son but I know that I'm not getting any sleep. My husband and I both work full-time and our son just starting having issues during the night. he will go to bed and a few hours later he is in his bed screaming. When I go into his room, he isn't even totally awake. Is it possible that he is having nightmares already? What do I do for this? He has a speech delay so even if he was awake he wouldn't be able to tell me what's wrong.

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Heather - posted on 07/14/2011

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Been thriugh this it me it sounds more like night terrors then nightmare I know my son has had them for we think from about 9 months old the diferance is night mares are more bad dreams you can consol the child they are a wake crying. Night terrors not as much fun the can be crying in bed not awake to sleep walking talking crying my son would jump in his sleep at 9 months old . Night terrors normally happen about 2 hr after falling asleep. I would call and talk to his drs to try to find out what of the 2 it is . I know it is hard and tiring but I always say it is best to know what is going on even if it is not treat able knowing why something is happening is always better.

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My kids did that too, I always assumed it was something they had experienced that wasn't wanted or that pleasant that they then dreamed about. I would just comfort them in their sleep, rubbing bare skin and sometimes talking softly ect. After a short time of doing that it stopped all together. With kids at any age you have to sometimes help them get over bad dreams, this is how you do it at this age. When they are older you have them turn their bad dreams into silly dreams with their own imagination. Both methods help them get over the part that scared/upset them.

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