Advice for night terrors?
Posted 03 October 2008 - 09:32 AM
Here is my situation:
My daughter is 3 1/2 and has been having night terrors for almost 2 years. When she has them, she wakes up crying and screaming and it is next to impossible to calm her down. She is unable to talk and if you ask her questions, she starts crying louder. They only thing I can do is to lay her back down, rub her head and back and softly talk to her telling her it is ok, that I'm there and to go back to sleep. Finally she falls asleep and usually that is it for the night. This happens almost every night, and usually once. When they first started they were happening several times a night, and she ended up sleeping with us for 8 months because of them.
I think that she is scared to go to bed because of her "monster dreams" as she calls them. She is reallygood about going to bed for a few nights, but then it is suddenly a fight for about a week. She will have every excuse not to go to sleep and will finally say that if she goes to her bed she will have monster dreams! If I am in bed, she will want to sleep with me, and if I am in the livingroom, she will get her pillow ans blanket and bring them into the livingroom to sleep there. Lastnight she had 5 "monster dreams" and was so worked up that she was coughing and gagging! At 1:30am I told her she could go sleep in my bed, and I finally got her back to sleep at about 3am!!!
I know that she should be out growing these soon and that they are common in young kids, but I'm wondering if there is anything that others found helpful when dealing with these?
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Posted 03 October 2008 - 04:39 PM
I used to have them REALLY bad when I was younger. I wasn't in a conscious state though when I "woke" like your daughter seems to be. My mom said I used to act like I was possessed. I would scream, cry and my eyes would roll around in my head. It was terrifying for her. It got to the point where my father (who's Catholic) even called a priest in to bless me and hung crusifixes all over my room. I think I finally stopped around 8-9 years old but I don't think they started as early as your daughters.
My mom took me to a child psychologist. They said kids under a severe amount of stress sometimes have night terrors. It's their bodies way of relieving pent up stress and emotions.
I had a pretty chaotic childhood and they eventually went away after my parents divorced. Go figure.
Posted 06 October 2008 - 02:11 PM
Wow - I don't know what to say to help as I am in the same boat! It's like they are in this semi-awake state and nothing you can do can make them stop. I don't know. Our life isn't hectic or anything. Our little guy is home with dad days and me nights and both of us are with him during the weekend. We don't fight or argue. Quite frankly - our son is spoiled and absolutely knows he is loved because I tell him probably 8 times a day!
I'm not sure Erica. When my daughter was little I made her a bottle of "Monster Spray" - (Colored water) and we sprayed it around her room before she want to bed at night. The thing is she was scared - before she went to bed. Where as I have to fall asleep with my son and then take him to his room. Otherwise he sleeps with us. Which I admit...is getting very old! I wake up and my back is killing me or my arm is numb from sleeping on it all night.
Posted 06 October 2008 - 05:28 PM
I also found that having say loudly, "I'm not going to have any bad dreams tonight," seemed to prevent them. The power of suggestion? I don't know, but it may have contributed to the end of them. I personally hate to dream, so even I will chant "I'm not going to have any bad dreams tonight." I rarely dream. Not saying it works, just saying it appeared to, but could be coincidental.
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