October 18, 2008

Night Terrors

Has anyone's DC had them?

I think my DD had her first one last night and it scared me and her. Any advice on what I can do for her during it? Please tell me this is just a phase lol.


  1. My son had them bad for awhile when he was around three or four. I can't remember how long they lasted, but he would just start screaming in the middle of the night like someone was really hurting him. It was really scary, but he did grow out of them. Hope that helps.

  2. I think terrors are really specific, its probably just a nightmare. Terrors are where they almost sleep walk and are awake, but still dreaming and some kids get up and hit the walls and throw things, etc.

    My advice would be to put in a nightlight?


  3. haasiegirl is right that real night terrors involve sleep walking and sometimes trying to leave the house. My step mom still has them. My dad has become a light sleeper and sometimes has to hold her down to keep her from leaving as her terrors always involve evacuating and 'there's not much time - something is coming' - yikes! I'm glad I didn't grow up in THAT house! I'm sorry to hear about your little one, their nightmares are very real to them and it's hard for our daughter to calm down after a nightmare. We try to talk it out to make her realize it couldn't happen (even if it could).

  4. My son has this problem every time he is getting ready to go through a growth spurt (which makes me think he is in pain too). The only thing I can do is either wake him up or just go rub his back and talk to him until they pass. Sometimes talking to him is enough to bring him out of the deep sleep and interrupt whatever is going on in his head.