My 3 yr old has night terrors almost evry night, any ideas on what to do or not to do?

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Natalie - posted on 01/17/2010

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my son is 4 and he has night terrors i'm going through what your going through alot of people have said to me it could be them be overtired something new coming in to there life's or things they eat .... i'm trying to find out for myself so i hope any of these may help ...best wishes ...

Ashley - posted on 01/17/2010

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my 2 year old was the same why and now she only has them if she is way over tired or something different is happening in her life .. I've been told that it tends to be very sensitive children that get night terrors alot ... I also heard that if u gently wake them about 15 - 30 mins before a night terror usually starts it may prevent them because you desturb the sleep cycle that causes them ... if your child has them every night you may be able to pin point a time that this happens and stop it .. good luck

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Erica - posted on 01/17/2010

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Aside from the importance of getting plenty of sleep at regular times, I have read that part of the reason to wake the child up before it happens is it can be that their need to go to the bathroom causes them to partially wake. If you wake them fully for a couple of minutes and take them to the bathroom, it helps some people. Mine was too young for that, but maybe it will help you. Being over-tired / messing with nap time has caused most of my son's terrors. They are no fun! Hope you can find a way to make them more rare.

Temeka - posted on 01/17/2010

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Oh, I should add...setting a routine for bedtime and a regular sleep schedule will help TREMENDOUSLY! :-) Then their little body clocks know what is going on, too!

Temeka - posted on 01/17/2010

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All three of my kids had night terrors and it always and everytime...happened when they were overtired :-)

Shanna - posted on 01/17/2010

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Try not letting her watch any tv like 2 hours before bed. and maybe read a funny story or a happy book before bed.

Chare - posted on 01/17/2010

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don't let her watch scary cartoons or animals or something that could upset her.

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