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Nightmares and night terrors

My dd is having nightmares (I think) several times a night. She wakes up screaming. I pick her up and she is okay and falls back asleep but after a couple hours she wakes up screaming again. (she is 16months). I never had this issue with my son. Any suggestions? Both my dd and I are exhausted in the morning. She can nap at daycare but I can't. Anyone else have experiance here?


Asked by MamaWolf1981 at 1:38 PM on Jan. 18, 2011 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • My oldest daughter experienced night terrors from about age 2, till a little over 4 years. After talking to a couple different doctors and reading about it online, I realized there was nothing I could do for her except ride them out and wait for her to grow out of them. Night terrors are very different from nightmares because there's no consoling the child, you can't calm them down they'll just scream and lash out and carry on until they're done with the terror. I watched my daughter many nights scream, cry, thrash about, kick, shake her head, eyes wide open and I couldn't do anything about it. A very helpless feeling, and I sympathize greatly with any parent who has to go through that with their poor child. The child won't remember a night terror either and normally they'll go back to sleep right afterward as if nothing happened.

    Answer by Nanixh at 2:29 PM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • My son started having nightmares around 22 months. I don't have advice as he is 3 and still sometimes get them - I did 2 different colors of night lights, dream catchers, special bedtime animal, me sleeping with him, rewards.. I hear they are phases but since my son turned 3, he now says "grandpa" comes and visits him and he see's things in the dark that scare him so we've gone a different route

    Answer by maxsmom11807 at 1:47 PM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • I would talk to her doctor, make sure it's nothing like sleep apnea. Does her dad have night terrors?

    Answer by BabyBugsmama at 1:45 PM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • Pray with her prior to bed time, prayer always work.

    Answer by soraya14 at 12:42 PM on Jan. 19, 2011

  • she doesn't have a dad. (no the donor is not in the picture).

    Comment by MamaWolf1981 (original poster) at 1:17 PM on Jan. 19, 2011