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Night terror?

Last night my DS started screaming and crying for me. I got out of bed and he was sitting up. I held him for a minute and he fell right to sleep. I didn't say anything to him when I went to him just grabbed him and held him and he quieted down right away. I asked him this morning if he had a bad dream and he said no. He doesn't remember sitting up and screaming. Usually when he has bad dreams, he remembers them and describes them in the morning.
Could this have been a night terror?


Asked by LostSoul88 at 9:40 AM on May. 24, 2013 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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Answers (7)
  • Doesn't sound like one to me. Night terrors continue to happen no matter what you do, like if you had touched the child they would have continued with the terror and not known you were there. Sounds like a sleeping nightmare. But- that's just my experience. My child would scream and freak out until it was over, no matter what I did or said she couldn't hear or see me.

    Answer by staciandababy at 11:07 AM on May. 24, 2013

  • Yeah, that sounds like a night terror. Children usually don't remember them.

    Answer by 3libras at 11:01 AM on May. 24, 2013

  • Maybe but my kids only do that when they are coming down with something. Does he have a slight temp? Could also be from something he ate & he had a little stomach ache or gas. I have bad dreams when I eat right before I go to bed.

    Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 9:46 AM on May. 24, 2013

  • Yes, my 4 yo went through a period recently where he would have night terrors every 2-3 nights. It lasted a few weeks.

    Answer by missanc at 10:07 AM on May. 24, 2013

  • Could have been.

    Answer by 2autisticsmom at 9:48 AM on May. 24, 2013

  • Maybe. My DD had night terrors for two weeks straight at 2 years old. We took her crib away and gave her a toddler bed. I don't think my kids adjust to change too well, because she woke up screaming in a way I can't even describe. She would be in an absolute panic I had to carry her downstairs showing her she was okay and at home. She would go right back to sleep but everyone else in the house was awake. The next night the same thing.

    Answer by RyansMom001 at 11:05 AM on May. 24, 2013

  • No fevers, but his sleep patterns have been messed up a little the past week which I just read could help cause them.

    Comment by LostSoul88 (original poster) at 10:32 AM on May. 24, 2013