does anyone know how to deal with night terrrors involving a 1 1/2 year old?

Karen - posted on 03/18/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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my 18 month old daughter has been waking up at 1 am screaming her head off...at first me and my fiance that something bite her or she was hurting... but no.nothing was wrong.. now she is doing it every starting around 1 -6am...can someone please help us.. and tell us what can help cuz i cant handle sleepless nights and then going to work...

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Megan - posted on 03/19/2010

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Is she truly awake? My daughter has night terrors and as long as she is not in harms way (standing up, etc) I let her cry it out. Often they do not remember and they cannot be consoled.

Michelle - posted on 03/19/2010

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My boys went through that stage around their toddler years. Unfortunately, there wasn't much I could do, but try and wake them up or if they were sleep walking make sure they weren't going down the stairs. It was iffy if I could wake them up from night terrors. One of my boys had it worse then the others, but they all eventually out grew it.

It sounds like you've done what you can at this point with taking her the doctor and such. Just hang in there and monitor it.

Lea - posted on 03/19/2010

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I would get her properly diagnosed. Fortunately for her, they don't hurt her and she doesn't remember them in the morning. Unfortunately for you, you will have to listen to them until she grows out of them. I would check on her but don't wake her up. I guess its just another one of those things you lose sleep on raising kids. Sorry!!!

Lauren - posted on 03/18/2010

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Children are very sensitive,has there been any big changes in her life? Or could she have seen any unappropriate adult behaviour eg arguements, violence, intercourse etc...
At this age children dont have the ability to process some things they experience so develop these terrors. Try not to wake her up if its during her sleep,comfort her when she wakes but try not to make a big fuss over her as she could start using this for attention!

Ivy - posted on 03/18/2010

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Try to find out what might be waking her up. Is she hungry/hot/cold? Is something in her crib/clothes that might be poking her awake? Not to scare you or anything but if you can't find anything at all, consider the supernatural. My baby used to wake up at almost exactly 3AM for no reason that I could find. I looked this up on the internet and found out that they call this the "witching hour". I thought that maybe there are spirits that were extra fond of my baby and wanted to play with him. One afternoon, I just went into his room and said aloud "Please stop waking the baby in the middle of the night". I said it several times in a friendly, pleading tone. It started working that very night.
But please find out if there are other reasons why your daughter might be waking up.

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