My 2 yr old girl is crying,tossing and turning in her sleep. There are times she is inconsolable,but then returns to sleep. She does this about 5-10 times throughout the night. What is it...night terrors? Can 2 yr olds have nightmares?


Danielle - posted on 02/24/2009




My daughter is now 3....we went through a few months where she did that. She does it every now and then still. I noticed that it was usually when she didnt get enough sleep during the day (at naptime) that she would wake up crying. Now she just talks in her sleep might want to monitor how much your daughter is napping to see if that might possibly be the problem.

Elizabeth - posted on 02/24/2009




my oldest boy also had 'night terrors'. We tried to console him but he was totally out of it. The hard part was that he and his brother share a room so we had to remove him and totally wake him up to get him to snap out of it...which usually involved a washcloth to the face. It was hard to deal with (especially when he did it while camping) but all of a sudden he just stopped...about a month after he turned 3.

Kristin - posted on 02/24/2009




You can try rescue remedy bach flowers it is safe.I have used that on my very active grandson who sometimes cannot unwind.He still yells out in his sleep and does do alot of talking, head banging,leg banging.He is now having growing pains he is four and a half .The other product that is great for kids is Martin and Pleasent tissue salts,they do a kids range about 10 different ones.The one I used was CALM and it was really good .I am going to get some more today as this should help with his growing pains.So thankyou.You just helped me solve my problem.The other thing is diet we have cut out as many artificial colours flavours and preservatives which has had a big impact on his sleep.He sometimes has a hardy giggle while sleeping these days.

Amelia - posted on 02/18/2009




I know, personally when I was younger I would have night terrors and that is actually caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain but I know I would get up and throw tantrums and it would be like I was wide awake but I wouldnt remember anything in the morning.

My friend has a 2 year old who does the same thing though. She wakes up crying in the middle of the night and you cant calm her down for anything. So I would say nightmares as it is very possible for 2 year olds to have nightmares as much as dreams.

Hope this helps.

Jennifer - posted on 02/24/2009




My daughter is 4 and did this  around that age (I forgot about it).  She woke up screaming and crying many times, but wasn't awake.  I assumed it was night terrors, and it did pass.  I would go in her room and rub/pat her in an effort to wake her up and she would usually go right back to sleep, sometimes I don't think she actually woke up.


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Melissa - posted on 02/24/2009




my oldest daughter had night terrors from about the age of 18mths went on till about 3 they are horrible but i agree with what desiree said that is exactlly what my doc told me to do. and remember there is light at the end of the tunnel best of luck 

Courtney - posted on 02/18/2009




she may be having night terrors. but it could also be growing pains. Can you track them at all. for example do they seem more frequent when she has had an extremely busy day. Does she completely wake up or is she crying in her sleep? if you have noticed a growth spurt as well I would say it is likely that she is having some growing pain in her legs. Try giving her a dose of tylenol or Motrin when she wakes up, you could even try to give it right before bed for a while to see if this helps. If she is growing she quite possibly has pain.
My brother did this when he was little and the med helped.

Danyelle - posted on 02/18/2009




Thanks sooo much for the info...a little scary but it does help....thanks again


Sarah - posted on 02/18/2009




my son is 3 in april and since he was 3wks old he has hardly slept through the nite he wakes between 5-8 times a nite some 4 10mins and some 4 up2 2hrs. nothing is wrong wiv him he just doesnt want 2 sleep. i am now giving him medication 2 help him settle of 2 sleep and now he only wakes 2-5 times a nite. i tried everything the drs and health visitors have said like leavin him 2 cry til he falls asleep but he doesnt give in i left him 2 cry 4 2hrs b4 now then finaly had enough so i ended up wiv him in my bed just 2 get a few hrs sleep..

Desiree - posted on 02/18/2009




My daughter (now 12) had night terrors for years and my 3 year old has them now. This sounds an aweful lot like it. Her doctor told me not to wake her up because it can make it worse (May still think they are dreaming and that you are going to hurt them). When my son has them I usually go in and try to comfort him as much as possible without waking him up, most of the time this works if not, it usually passes pretty fast and he's back to peaceful sleep. The funny thing is they don't remember having these "terrors". I would tell my daughter the next day about how she was screaming and thrashing around and she would laugh thinking I was crazy! I took her to a sleep study and they couldn't give me an answer to why she was having the "terrors". She eventually grew out of it an I'm hoping my son does too, though he only seems to have them when he is sleep deprived.

Cheryl - posted on 02/18/2009




My little girl did the same when she was around 2 or maybe just a bit younger. She would wake up crying and sometimes it would take forever for her to calm down. I had a single bed in her room and so I would just sleep in the bed with her after she woke up crying.  That way I could rub her back and calm her down each time she would wake up. Most of the time she wouldn't fully wake, she would just wimper. It was exhausting but it didn't last longer than a couple of months.

The thing she was having nightwares about was my husband's cut knee. He slipped on some black ice outside of her daycare and had to have stitches put in his knee and it looked quite gory. It really bothered her to see his knee like that.

Just try and talk to her about what she is dreaming about. She might not be able to tell you at night. I think I only found out what the issue is one morning when she was fully awake.

Good luck!

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