Night Terrors

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Shelly - posted on 02/19/2009

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This may sound crazy, but my son had night terrors from the time he was an infant until he was 6.  Some nights they were unbearable because he wouldn't sleep.  I met an indian medicine man by accident.  He took a liking to me and my family.  One day we were discussing the "nightmares".  He asked me for more details, after giving him a complete history, he told me to give him a few days and he would give me something for the night terrors.  A few days later, he brought me a handmade dream catcher.  He performed an incantation over it, and told me to place it at the head of my sons bed.  My son has not had any night terrors since I did that. 



I am a christian, and believe in God and prayer.  I do believe God sent that indian man my way, for 2 weeks later I lost contact with him.  My son continues to sleep with the dream catcher, but he doesn't even remember its significance.  He laughs at me when I bring it up.  He is 18 years old.

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Nikki - posted on 02/19/2009

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thank you so much everyone, there is hope that they will stop someday... Right?



My husband hates the couch! :)

Amelia - posted on 02/19/2009

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I know it's hard to see your child screaming but if nothing comforts him at the same time you cant do much. I'm sure he will grow out of it as most kids do. My prayers are with you.

Nikki - posted on 02/19/2009

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He usualy jumps out of bed runs to the door and stands there screaming. I run upstairs and he's back asleep in about literally 1 minute. He also starts to wake up about 2 hrs after first going to sleep and if I really think back, this has been going on since he's about 6 months old... However, it does seem better for a month or 2 then gets really bad again.



On the nights I give up and bring him into bed with me and send the hubby to the couch, he sleeps normal... I don't do this very often at all, I don't want it to be a habbit and my other 2 never slept with me even when they were sick...



When I ask him what's wrong he doesn't respond, he just put his arms around me... '



God, I hope this gets better. I feel soooo bad for him.

Amelia - posted on 02/19/2009

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I had night terrors when I was younger and from what I remember it was a chemical imbalance in the brain. I was given pills for it. I usually got violent when I had mine, and no one could calm me down. I would fall asleep anywhere from on the floor to sitting in the bathtub and I wouldnt remember anything in the morning. I would do the sleep study if you are comfortable with it.

Christen - posted on 02/19/2009

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My oldest daughter had them for the first 2 yrs, and now she just sleep walks.  My youngest which is 16 mo old suffers from this as well atleast once a week.  They usually last anywhere from a half hour to an hour.  I was kind of curious what caused this as well.  God will take of your precious little one and hopefully get you the answers needed.

Cindy - posted on 02/19/2009

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We go through night terrors every time Emma is over tired, It depends on the kid but they usually happen about 2hrs after she goes to bed (this is how u can tell it is not a nightmare. She will scream like someone is killing her and holding her or not makes no difference b/although she is "awake" she is not there, When it is over she goes back to sleep. To me it sounds more like your son is having a nightmare and everytime he falls back asleep he goes back into the same dream (have gone down that road too)



Ask me anything I have gotten rather used to these things, she just turned 2 and has had them for 6m

Sarah - posted on 02/19/2009

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my daughter had them for abit. they usually occur 2 hours or so after they went to sleep..  my daughter NEVER remembered having them which is normal.  thankfully..  we just sat with her till they ended. she would try to get up and walk and then pee herself.. it was sad . but they didn't last tooooooooo long thankfully!

Nikki - posted on 02/19/2009

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I'm definately all for the sleep study, anything to try and figure out what's going on...

Nikki - posted on 02/19/2009

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I still don't understand why the ENT is requesting a sleep study.. I got the impression he wanted the sleep study done to see if he has sleep apnea and I don't see how that would create night terrors.



The good thing is all I have to do to get him back to sleep is put him back in his his bed, cover him and tell him I love him and he goes right out.



I'm wondering, could it be a form of sleep walking or a psychological issue since he has ADHD?



My poor baby :(

Tara - posted on 02/19/2009

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I have heard of them and understand they are not completely uncommon.  We have not delt with them with ours yet though.  My baby brother used to have them (i'm sure we have better combatants today) and someone would rub his back and hold his hand 'til he calmed and drifted back off.  I would go ahead with the study if it's something you are comfortable with because it could be as simple as bad growing pains too.



Good luck, I'll be praying for peacefull nights for you.

Lauren - posted on 02/19/2009

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I've heard of night terrors, and have been wondering if my daughter is suffering from them as well.  There are many things that doctors can help you try to make them go away...some work better for others depending on the child. 



I would do the study, and continue talking to your doctor for tips and advice to help :)

Nikki - posted on 02/19/2009

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My youngest son has tubes in both ears and I figured he just had an ear infection when he was waking up about every hour screaming as if the devil were standing over him, when normally he is an excellent sleeper... He has ADHD and possibly PDD. So I brought him to our ENT and he said his ears are perfectly fine and he may be suffering from night terrors. The Dr. wants him to go for a sleep study..



Has anyone ever heard of these "night terrors"

Nikki - posted on 02/19/2009

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My youngest son has tubes in both ears and I figured he just had an ear infection when he was waking up about every hour screaming as if the devil were standing over him, when normally he is an excellent sleeper... He has ADHD and possibly PDD. So I brought him to our ENT and he said his ears are perfectly fine and he may be suffering from night terrors. The Dr. wants him to go for a sleep study..



Has anyone ever heard of these "night terrors"

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