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2 Yr Old Girl Screams and Talks in Her Sleep Always at the Same Time at Night

My 2 year old girl always talks in her sleep or screams and cries every night at around 4 am. The common words are: mine, no or she cries. The pediatrician said she is having vivid dreams common of her age. Before she started talking and screaming, she would cry, so we thought that maybe she could be having acid reflux as she arches and cough always at the same time and I regularly give her milk before brushing her teeth and putting her to bed. However, the words started coming and we dont know what could it be.

We tried to ensure she is relaxed before going to bed.

Any ideas? Have anyone experience this before? Why is she crying, screaming and talking in her sleep and also why always at the same time?

I greatly appreciate your feedback.

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So What Happened?™

Thank you everyone for the numerous resposes that I have received. We truly appreciate everyone's input and encouragement.

We are convinced that our daughter is having vivid dreams/night terrors. After all your comments I do feel more relaxed about it.

Two weeks ago we took her and my 4yr old to Disney World and she must still be living the experience, as last night she was screaming "Mickey Mickey mouse".
For the first time, I thought was funny.

Additionally, we are cutting back on milk before bed time to see if there is any improvement, as I still think there might some reflux as well, but I am sure now it has nothing to do with the screaming.

Thank you all again for taking the time to write to me....many with great details.

Good bless.

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my kid never had nightmares but at 2 am every morning you would hear thunk (him falling out of bed) when he outgrew that at 2 am every morning you would hear (thud) him kicking the wall. I thought It was just a hm thing but apperently not.

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my kid never had nightmares but at 2 am every morning you would hear thunk (him falling out of bed) when he outgrew that at 2 am every morning you would hear (thud) him kicking the wall. I thought It was just a hm thing but apperently not.

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I have 9 kids, and I have seen several of them go thru this. Only two have gone thru the "night terrors". Thankfully, they were short lived. But, as if something had roused them from sleep, talkative, or a bit of crying, at aprox. the same time every night, I have seen repeated multiple times.

Just a stage from what I have experienced. They will outgrow it. Sometimes, go in, and over a sippy cup of water, tuck back in, and they are fine. Sometimes, they just wimper for a bit, and go back to sleep on their own. Just have to play it by ear.

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Hello...I am what you would call an excessive dreamer. I always have been...40 now. I can't even take a nap without dreaming some of them are pretty intense. I have screamed..laughed...talked...brushed my hair (mimicking) and did leg lifts. I have four children and they all are dreamers too! Oldest son always talks in his sleep..youngest scares the heck out of me with screaming...we've always lived with it. Some benefits are (yes there are a couple) I have had flying dreams...space dreams...dreams in different decades sometimes I'm a person I don't even know! My mom said when I was growing up it was because I had a big imagination! She was a chronic sleepwalker...so maybe it is some how linked to genetics. They are usually in phases. I wouldn't worry too much. I think dreams are much more vivid when you hit the deepest part of REM sleep...maybe 4 is when she is in this state?? Good Luck!

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My daughter had night terrors when she was 2 years old. Sometimes she just cried and flailed around in her bed. Sometimes she would say "No," just like your daughter had been doing, and even one time -- I kid you not -- she was crying out, "My shoes! My shoes!" It is not uncommon for 2 year olds to have night terrors or bad dreams. And some kids even talk in their sleep. I think when you enter a deep sleep, your subconscious mind kicks in and whatever issue you were dealing with earlier that day may become and abstract subject of your dream. For your daughter, those issues may have to do with sharing, having to obey mom and dad, or not getting something that she wanted. As her nervous system matures, your daughter's very vivid dreams or night terrors while evenutally phase out. I don't think there is much you can do for her until then except making sure that she has a safe place to sleep.

Blessings to you and your daughter.

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my kid never had nightmares but at 2 am every morning you would hear thunk (him falling out of bed) when he outgrew that at 2 am every morning you would hear (thud) him kicking the wall. I thought It was just a hm thing but apperently not.

Updated

my kid never had nightmares but at 2 am every morning you would hear thunk (him falling out of bed) when he outgrew that at 2 am every morning you would hear (thud) him kicking the wall. I thought It was just a hm thing but apperently not.

1 mom found this helpful

I have 9 kids, and I have seen several of them go thru this. Only two have gone thru the "night terrors". Thankfully, they were short lived. But, as if something had roused them from sleep, talkative, or a bit of crying, at aprox. the same time every night, I have seen repeated multiple times.

Just a stage from what I have experienced. They will outgrow it. Sometimes, go in, and over a sippy cup of water, tuck back in, and they are fine. Sometimes, they just wimper for a bit, and go back to sleep on their own. Just have to play it by ear.

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My kids have gone through phases/ages when they would sleepwalk, sleep-talk, or had nightmares, even screaming.
It is okay. It will pass. In sleep our brains process our thoughts and feelings and all we learn. The fact that it happens at about the same time, to me, just reinforces the idea that it is a new dream pattern and not a result of trauma or poor sleep. one of mine would sleepwalk at about the same time each night for a few weeks, and then it stopped.

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Why at the same time? If she is going to bed about the same time everynight. It is natural because of the sleep and dream cycle we have as we sleep. Unfortunately, vivid dreams and nightmares are frequent and common and considered normal between ages 2-4. If she sufferes from reflux try not to give her to drink anything close to her bed time and if you must elevate the bed to help with the reflux.

As adults when we dream a process happens that temporarily paralyzes us. This keeps us from acting out what happens in the dreams. This process is not complete in children. You more often get children who walk and talk as they dream, and they usually grow out of it. It's perfectly normal. You might begin teaching her a little about directed dreaming. If she's familiar with changing channels on the TV, then you can tell her if she has a dream she doesn't like, she can change the channel on the dream to a better program. Waking her a little just before she reaches that stage of sleep might reset her sleep cycle.
I never out grew the talking in my sleep. When I was in chorus in school, my Mom sometimes use to hear me singing in my sleep. Now my husband occasionally has conversations with me at night that I have no memory of in the morning. Last time I apparently I pointed to the window and said 'The seals are coming. They're following the wire.'. It's nothing to worry about.

My oldest daughter has had the eleven o'clock scream for as long as I can remember. Same time every night, never waking up, just scream for about 10 seconds and continue sleeping. I have also caught her sleep walking, same time of night, once right out the front door, luckily I was sitting in the living room and when she didn't respond when I asked where she was going I followed her. She is 10 1/2 years old now, and it seems to have progressed into just sleep talking. Still at eleven o'clock everynight. I have gone in and tried to talk with her, sometimes awakened her to ask what was wrong, and have never been able to get any answer out of her, I really believe she does not remember. Weird... I am sure she gets it from me. Several times over the years I have woken my boyfriend up yelling at him to get our younger daughter off the roof, or the cat off the ceiling fan... not every night though, maybe she will outgrow out if it...

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