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can babies have nightmares?

My dd is 8 months old. and last night she woke up screaming bloody murder! i raced out of bed and into her room. she was sitting with her arms up eyes closed and just screaming! i picked her up and tried to calm her down but nothing worked.i had to turn the lights on and hold her and rub her back for over an hour to get her to calm down and go back to sleep! do u think it was a nightmare?


Asked by Caroline2010 at 12:24 PM on Oct. 29, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I've always wondered what babies could have nightmares about. Their first fall? Bottle being empty? A scarry old person they seen in wal-mart? lol i wish i knew!

    Answer by Veronica-Lynn at 6:26 PM on Oct. 29, 2010

  • yes, or a night terror

    Answer by ballewal at 12:25 PM on Oct. 29, 2010

  • She probably woke up and got scared by something she seen, I don't think it was a nitemare.

    Answer by genevieve55 at 12:31 PM on Oct. 29, 2010

  • Night Terrors and Nightmeres are the same thing.
    But yes, infants as young as minutes old can have nightmeres. Their brian works just the same as ours does and plays on our fears to create images while we sleep.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 12:51 PM on Oct. 29, 2010

  • aww! my hubby thinks its her china doll on her dresser! he just dont like dolls imo! lol! thanks ladies! i was worried!

    Comment by Caroline2010 (original poster) at 12:54 PM on Oct. 29, 2010

  • I ust to think that my baby had night mare. That torturous scream ust to scare me shitless

    Answer by newmommyjazz at 1:20 PM on Oct. 29, 2010

  • My doctor said babies do not start to dream until about 1 1/2

    Answer by mlmsm928 at 3:35 PM on Oct. 29, 2010

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