night terrors?

Lauren - posted on 04/28/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My 20 month old daughter recently had a trauma with her little finger. She lost the nail and fractured it. We took her to the ER and it was pretty awful for her. Now she has been waking up at least 3 times a week screaming. She is so distressed and jumping around in her crib. I have been reading about night terrors and it seems like she is having them but they say it gets worse when you try to comfort them and my daughter calms down when I hold her. So I'm not sure if it really is a night terror or nightmare? She will not go back to sleep in her crib though. I can get her to go back to sleep but if I try to put her in the crib she screams again. I don't know what to do. I need the sleep but I don't want her to sleep with me either! Any suggestions?

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Tracy - posted on 04/29/2009

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to be honest it just sounds like she's having some bad dreams about her experience, my 7 yr old son has night terrors, and believe me you know when its not a bad dream!! he screams, cries, thrashes around and its deeply traumatic to watch, all the while he's doing this , he has his eyes wide open, and can talk, but he has no knowledge that you are there!!! it doesn't help if i hold hi, , i just have to talk to him calmly and he will eventually drift back off, if you are really worried though, take her to your doctor for some reassurance.xx hope it helps

Lauren - posted on 04/28/2009

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thanks for the suggestions! I did get her a new stuffed dog that she really likes..maybe that would help. I don't think it's painful anymore since she doesn't even fuss when I change the dressing. I hope it's just a phase!

Carmen - posted on 04/28/2009

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Wow, doesn't sound fun! Maybe try not picking her up when she wakes up distressed. Instead, hold her while she stays in her crib, trying to calm her. She might go back to sleep in there if you stay with her until she's settled. I don't like sleeping with my toddler either (she's a kicker!), so I understand you wanting her in her own bed. Hopefully this is just a phase and she'll grow out of it.

Suzannah - posted on 04/28/2009

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Do you think she is in pain? You could give her tylenol before bed and see if she sleeps better. Maybe you could give her a special new lovey or stuffed animal with a handkerchief or something of yours (that smells like you) attached to it. Sorry - it sounds like a tough situation!

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