Night Terrors???

Karen - posted on 08/22/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My son is 2 1/2 years old and has recently started waking up in the middle of the night crying, screaming, and talking to someone (no clue who). He remains asleep for part of it. Nothing that I do will consule him. I try picking him up and cuddling with him, trying to reassure him that I am here and he is safe, but nothing works. He just keeps going until eventually he wakes himself up and calls himself down. Someone told me that it might be night terrors. Any suggestions on how to help my son calm down? Has anyone else been through this?

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Jenee - posted on 08/23/2010

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There is a huge difference between Night terrors and Nightmares. Is your child asleep when this happens? A night terror is a sleep disruption that seems similar to a nightmare, but with a far more dramatic presentation. How long after your toddler falls asleep do they happen? Night terrors typically occur about 2 or 3 hours after a child falls asleep, when sleep transitions from the deepest stage of non-REM sleep to lighter REM sleep, a stage where dreams occur. Unlike nightmares, which kids often remember, kids won't have any memory of a night terror the next day because they were in deep sleep when it happened — and there are no mental images to recall.

A nightmare is a dream that can cause a strong negative emotional response from the sleeper, typically fear and/or horror.Sufferers usually awaken in a state of distress and may be unable to return to sleep for a prolonged period of time

My son suffers from Nightmares once in a while. He will wake up screaming and crying in the middle of the night. Usually I just hold him and comfort him. Talk to him and sing to him. Most of the time he still screams because he is frightened. I just continue to do it to let him know that I am here.

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