my 19 month old son wakes up in the middle of the night screaming...

Stacy - posted on 03/25/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My son is 19 months old and he wakes up in the middle of the night just screaming at the top of his lungs and when i go to him to see whats wrong his eyes are closed and it appears hes still sleeping but hes screaming and tears a coming out of his eyes... any ideas on whats going on or what i can do to stop this...?

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Jolene - posted on 03/25/2010

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Night Terrors! My son has been having them since he was about 16months old. They have gotten a little better in the last 6months, but he still wakes up and wants to sleep with us. We went through it all we tried waking him up, we would have to turn on all the lights, and he wouldn't recognize me or his dad, but he would scream and cry for us. It was horrible and scary to be honest. I finally talked about it with his pediatrician and unfortunately they just "grow out of it". My Dr. said to just hold him and DO NOT try and wake him up and it would pass. It happens more often with boys ages 6months-3yrs between the time of 1-3am. My sister in law had this problem with my nephew, and she said she would wake him to go potty before she went to bed for instance if he goes to bed about 8pm then she would wake him, (and make sure he is completely awake) about 10-11pm just to go potty or a quick story, and he would be fine the rest of the night. My problem with that is my son wouldn't even go to bed until 11pm. You should probably talk to your pediatrician and see what tips or ideas he has too.

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Mara - posted on 02/04/2011

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I am currently going through the same thing. What is odd is that it happened about 6 months ago for only about a month and stopped, and seems to have started up again. It's very Frustrating and we are exhausted constantly. I think the problem may have started back because of a bad wreck my son and I were in before Christmas. I ended up in the hospital for a week after having 5 hours of surgery to save my leg. The worse part is that my son seemed to have been traumatized by the event and having to ride in the ambulance with me. I don't know what to do to make him feel safe so that he can sleep soundly. Any ideas?

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