I think my 20 month old daughter has night terrors all advice welcome please

Natalie - posted on 03/21/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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my daughter Lily has terrors she keeps waking up in the early hours in the morning and screeching please help on how to compact this.

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Stefanie - posted on 03/24/2010

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We thought our son had them as well and one night when he woke up screaming and crying my husband noticed that he was actually having leg cramps and it was not a night terror, but a physical problem. He was not able to communicate that his legs were hurting, we just got lucky so you may want to just see if his calves are cramping up when he wakes up screaming at night or from a nap. We try to limit nighttime activity right before bed to limit the leg cramps now.

Melissa - posted on 03/23/2010

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We bought our son a spray bottle filled with water and labeled it "Monster Spray" we told him all he had to do was spray them if they come in the room. We also told him if the "Monsters" still misbehave and don't leave right away, after being sprayed, to simply tell those "Monsters" that its bedtime and to leave me be. This really seems to be working now for us. now he doesn't wake crying, occasionally we will hear him talking in his room to the monsters and telling them to leave. Good luck

Suzanne - posted on 03/22/2010

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My daughter has them too and I agree with Kimberly. I sometimes let her cry them out, if they are not bad. When they are, I pick her up and try to hold her or rock her. I tell her mommy is here and she is ok. I rub her back and feet and try to get her to respond to questions. I try to wake her up enough to understand that she was dreaming and I am hear for her. Other then that, there is not much I can do. Sometimes, she is soo out of it, I can't get her to calm down. During those times, when nothing seems to sooth her, I just make sure she is dry, safe and I let her cry it out. I hate doing that, but I don't have much of a choice when I can't sooth her. Hang in there!! Hopefully, when she starts speaking better, I can get to the bottom of the cause of it.

Kim - posted on 03/21/2010

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Night terrors are like sleep walking, they are not awake. I had them when I was younger and my daughter has them. i have tried everything, holding her, leaving her alone, its all the same, she cries and screams, nothing works. I've been told just to let them get thru it and 'go back to sleep' on their own, just make sure they don't hurt themselves. My daughter also wakes with foot cramps so sometimes its hard to know why she is crying.

Annah - posted on 03/21/2010

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My son also had night terrors. I have started telling him that monsters aren't real and they can't get into our house, and that we have monster protection that keeps the monsters out of our house. That's what has helped with my son. We also put a night light in his room, we also leave the doors open that way when he gets scared or wakes up and need to potty or what ever he can go and not have to worry about getting the door open. He also has enough language to tell me why he is scared and what is scaring him so the first time he had one he told me that he was scared of the dark because when he closes his eyes the monsters jump on him, lay on him, and break his head. So I asked him how I could make him not scared and he said a night light and leave my door open. So when we got home I put a night light in his room and left his door open. The a few minutes later he came to where I was and said mommy this monster scares me and hands me a Halloween book that was about monsters. So I took the book and put it in a different room. Now it took a few weeks for it to really start working but now he tells us that no monsters can get in our house and that there is no reason to be scared. I hope this helps. Oh my son is 2 years old now and he was not even 2 when it started. For him it started at around 9 months but couldn't really figure out what was wrong until he was 18 months when he started talking more than he should have been.

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