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my son has two problems right now...both sleep related

He keeps having night terrors really bad and he is beginning to be a sleep walker. Last night he sat up and sarter getting out of bed and smacked his head on the crib, turned back around and went back to sleep.....scary! How do I help him? (15 months and co-sleeps)

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Bugsmommy1908

Asked by Bugsmommy1908 at 5:02 AM on Apr. 24, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • I think that you should comfort him and keep an eye on him if he is still in your bed maybe talk to him and make sure that nothing is bothering him or if he is scared. Maybe you should try to let him sleep by himself maybe it is a comfort issue.
    tonyaNmike2007

    Answer by tonyaNmike2007 at 8:48 AM on Apr. 24, 2009

  • If he co-sleeps how'd he hit his head ont he crib?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:50 AM on Apr. 24, 2009

  • You need to try to calm him and when he starts walking lay him back down... if he's in bed with you maybe it's time to go in the crib so he can't go walking. Just watch for him jumping out...

    Navymama

    Answer by Navymama at 8:54 AM on Apr. 24, 2009

  • the crib is right next to our bed. Ive tried putting him in his crib forever and because he has these bad night terrors it makes it very difficult to get him to be ok with it.
    Bugsmommy1908

    Answer by Bugsmommy1908 at 12:18 PM on Apr. 24, 2009

  • Several things can contribute to night terrors: Too little sleep and too full of a tummy at bedtime are the biggest.
    Is he going to sleep at the same time you do or do you put him down for bed hours before you go to sleep? He needs 12 to 15 hours a day so he probably needs to go to bed long before you do. If that isn't possibly for you while co-sleeping, then for the sake of his health, you may need to move him to his own bed / room.
    When he has a night terror, do not wake him. Just stay nearby to make sure he doesn't hurt himself and wait until he lays back down and goes back to sleep.
    For the sleep walking, whatever room he is in needs to be well child-proofed and you need to secure the door somehow - a baby gate over the door or an alarm on the door knob can work. You need to know he is confined to his room or that you will wake if he wanders the house.
    kaycee14

    Answer by kaycee14 at 12:18 PM on Apr. 24, 2009

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