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I have a 4 year old waking 5-6 times at night with night terrors! Help?

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tinalwise

Asked by tinalwise at 2:38 PM on Jun. 25, 2008 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • Maybe if you dont' already have one, you should start a routine at night that would make the child feel more comfortable about going to sleep which equals better sleeping patterns throughout the night. Also, make sure that he/she isn't hungry, or have extra energy right before bed b/c that can cause a lighter, more restless sleep. Also, check your air, kids sleep better when it is slightly warmer than cooler, just not too warm.
    lynenedubbels

    Answer by lynenedubbels at 2:42 PM on Jun. 25, 2008

  • My daughter is 4 1/2 and has been having these night terrors since she was about 1. They are very scary and people dont understand the difference between them and nightmares. In this case the body is awake but the brain is still asleep. The thing we have done is just be there for her while she is having one to make sure she doesnt hurt herself, we dont touch her or talk to her because it just makes things worse. Once she starts calming down I ask if she is ready to go back to sleep and she says yes and lays back down with out a problem. Experts recommend waking your child after they have been asleep for 20-30 mins but that has never worked for us. We cant put our finger on what triggers her's, they say they are usually triggered by over stimulation during the day or being overly tired. The strange thing about these is that they dont remember anything about it the next day.
    hollster

    Answer by hollster at 4:16 PM on Jun. 26, 2008

  • My first son had night terrors starting at 9 months old. After tons of research and speaking to a specialist on the matter, we were advised to do is make sure that you dont try and wake them because this will only make it worse. What we had to do was go into his room to make sure that he was ok and then just watch him cry himself back to sleep. When we started doing this instead of picking him up and comforting him then it went from multiple times per night to once per night. By the time he was 16 months he stopped having them. He is 3 now and he as probably had 4 or 5 over the last year and a half. What most people don't know is that Night Terrors are in the same class as sleep walking, it is a hereditery condiditon and that you need to treat them the same. One other thing is that generally the terrors are supposed to take place about the same time every night between 1 and 3 AM. If she is doing this at other times of the night it might be something different. Good Luck to you.
    mommajess2026

    Answer by mommajess2026 at 6:12 PM on Jun. 26, 2008

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