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baby nightmares

my daughter has been waking up screaming and crying usually at night time and sometimes during a nap and keeps talking about a frog being under her bed can kids that young really have nightmares like that?

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LiLMAMA421

Asked by LiLMAMA421 at 12:13 PM on Nov. 9, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • why wouldn't they be able to have nightmares like that?
    waleb1002

    Answer by waleb1002 at 12:15 PM on Nov. 9, 2010

  • yes, but it might be more then a nightmare, it could be night terrors which are far more scary (but only for the parents) the child will remember nothing in the morning. my daughter has had them for about 4 years now, they are getting better, but still scary for me. if this is what your daughter has then it is very important that you first of all, dont EVER try to wake her up, it will not only be nearly impossible, but if you do manage to she will wake up terrified and not know why. second, sit with her the entire time to make sure she doesnt hurt herself, its very common for night terrors to stimulate sleep walking and thrashing around, so just sit with her and hold her.
    third, stay calm, this is for your mental health, like i said, she wont remember that anything happened in the morning.
    and fourth, never ever get mad. it will do no good, no matter what you do to try to fix it or to get her to stop, it wont work.
    momslikeme366

    Answer by momslikeme366 at 12:21 PM on Nov. 9, 2010

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    you will know right away if this is what shes having. it will usually take place within the first 2-3 hours of sleep, and can last over an hour.
    its caused by the part of the brain that transitions your sleep pattern not being fully developed yet, so this means she will grow out of it.. just hang in there :)
    momslikeme366

    Answer by momslikeme366 at 12:25 PM on Nov. 9, 2010

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