Night Terrors

Vicki - posted on 03/26/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My three year old experinced his first "night terror" last night and frightened everyone. Ive read that sleep deprevation can lead to the terrors but, once they have one does that mean others are likely to follow? He had approximately three episodes over the course of the night but the first was the most violent and scary!

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Christine - posted on 03/02/2011

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My 2 year old also has night terrors, started about 6 mths ago and believe me they're not fun. My son would wake up screaming his head off, not recognize me, back into a corner and if you talk, or move towards him, he just gets violent. Luckily I have experienced night terrors before with my nephew so I know hwo bad they can be, there is not much what you can do but wait until they get over it, my nephew would go onf or hours at a time, my son so far his longest has been half an hour. What I do is slowly walk to him, pick him up, sit him in my lap and hug him, holding his arms tight becasue he has been known to scratch and punch during a night terror. I bring him to the couch, make sure the lights are all on, turn on his fave show and just sit there wit him, holding him tight as he screams and just keep saying over and over again "it's mommy, it's mommy, don't worry braydon it's mommy" I do this for however long it takes him to relax, and when he relaxes, he usually falls back to sleep but briefly and then bam wakes up, but this time he's awake and is happy again. I usually will justs it with him for a few minutes and tell him everything is fine, everything is good, get him laughing and feeling good. Usually give him a bit of milk to calm down, and put him back to bed. Sometimes, 15-20 mins later I am back to doing it all over again, and sometimes he sleeps right through. I know hwo terrifying night terrors can be, especially when your child is in distress and there is ntohing you can do to snap them out of it, the more you try, the worse they'll get, just stay calm, let them know your calm and you're there, make sure you turn the lights on, it helps them see You and not their dream.

Christine - posted on 03/02/2011

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My 2 year old also has night terrors, started about 6 mths ago and believe me they're not fun. My son would wake up screaming his head off, not recognize me, back into a corner and if you talk, or move towards him, he just gets violent. Luckily I have experienced night terrors before with my nephew so I know hwo bad they can be, there is not much what you can do but wait until they get over it, my nephew would go onf or hours at a time, my son so far his longest has been half an hour. What I do is slowly walk to him, pick him up, sit him in my lap and hug him, holding his arms tight becasue he has been known to scratch and punch during a night terror. I bring him to the couch, make sure the lights are all on, turn on his fave show and just sit there wit him, holding him tight as he screams and just keep saying over and over again "it's mommy, it's mommy, don't worry braydon it's mommy" I do this for however long it takes him to relax, and when he relaxes, he usually falls back to sleep but briefly and then bam wakes up, but this time he's awake and is happy again. I usually will justs it with him for a few minutes and tell him everything is fine, everything is good, get him laughing and feeling good. Usually give him a bit of milk to calm down, and put him back to bed. Sometimes, 15-20 mins later I am back to doing it all over again, and sometimes he sleeps right through. I know hwo terrifying night terrors can be, especially when your child is in distress and there is ntohing you can do to snap them out of it, the more you try, the worse they'll get, just stay calm, let them know your calm and you're there, make sure you turn the lights on, it helps them see You and not their dream.

Viki - posted on 04/01/2010

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Maybe it's not night terror, maybe your child is hungry ! I've expiriensed that ! But, now I have other problem - now he's used to drink sweet milk early in the night, around 2 or 3 a.m. !

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