Does anyone's toddler have night terror?? What did you do? My 2yr old son has it now after coming home from a holiday.

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Joy - posted on 01/23/2009

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My son had night terrors at that age. Whatever you do, DO NOT try to wake him. It's the worst thing to do for a night terror. You can try to talk to him, as if you're in the dream, and maybe steer it toward a happy ending. But I would talk to your pediatrician if you haven't already. My son is now 10 and he was diagnosed last night with pervasive developmental disorder. If you're not familiar with that, it's on the autism spectrum, and if you have a child on the autism spectrum, the earliest diagnosis possible is best. When my son was that age, I had no idea that there might be something wrong with him like that. You can't be too careful.

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Erica - posted on 02/06/2009

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yes... my daughter sometimes get them at that age too and softly cries in her sleep.. I usually just pat her for a while and she stops though she never wakes up during them and she never remembers them when she wakes up.
but lately she remembers her nightmares and is scared to sleep alone at nights and i'd have to accompany her till she sleeps......the myth is true! If she gets overexcited before bed time she mostly gets them.... because hubby returns late from work and has an 'overly-happy (??)' playing session with the kids before they go to sleep.... now i gotta make sure the kids quietens down before they do sleep...

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My daughter started getting night terrors at about 2 1/2 years old. In her case, they seemed to be triggered when she was overtired, most often if she wasn't able to take a good nap. When they happened I just held her and tried to make her feel secure. In most cases, after only 5 to 10 minutes she would start to relax and sleep normally again. After she turned 3, she quit having them.

Tarilyn - posted on 02/03/2009

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My daughter has had night terrors since 2 months old, she is now a few days shy of 20 months. My doctor has said, its very normal for kids to have night terrors and most kids do. Not all parents notice that their child has them though. Whatever you do, do NOT wake them. That can make it worse. One thing I always remember when my daughter is having hers, is that she does NOT remember them when she is awake. My doctor who I have talked in depth with about them, said that she was patients as old as 14 who have night terrors from time to time and they NEVER remember them in the morning. Many people say to talk to them, rub their backs, whatever. You can try those things. In our personal case, it makes things a million times worse for my daughter and her night terrors will last for upwards of 4 hours! Is your son still in a crib or in a bed now? When my daughter was in a crib, I would leave her there. Now that she is in the bed, we go in make sure she is centered in the bed, and if not (because touching her freaks her right out), we pad all around the floor in case she falls out. Make sure every night before bed that the floor is clear and the room is "safe" and if need be you can feel safe leaving your child alone in there room. With our daughter light, talking, touching, noises or anything like that, make it worse. (Which makes it even harder for us to deal with it personally). Most kids will stop crying within 30 minutes. It's perfectly safe to leave them alone, but you dont have to if you dont want to. Keep track of how your child reacts to each way you try to handle it. If they get MORE upset by being touched, or talked to or whatever, then remember that for the future! Good luck! With time it does get better. My daughter still gets them, but not always. We have no clue what triggered hers in the first place, but there isn't always a reason according to the sleep professional we say about them! Good luck, keep your head up and stay strong!

Sarah - posted on 01/23/2009

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My daughter, Abigail, has them. She will be 2 in April. They started when I separated from my now ex-husband over a year ago. They have slowed, but every time we have a change in our lives they come back. I just bought a house and when we moved in, they started again. You are not suppose to wake them up. I know she is having one because she sits up, screams, and shakes her hands. She looks right through you. It is scary. But I quietly and gently rub her back and whisper or sing to her until she wakes up. Once she is awake I pick her up and comfort her back to sleep. She always reaches out to me once she is awake. My Dr said it is a phase caused by stress. But the problem is when I get stressed she knows it. So I try to de-stress with her before I put her back to bed, that way I think she knows I am ok. I hope this helps. Good luck. Give your Dr a call and just ask.

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