N. asks from Coppell, TX on March 21, 2009
Night Terrors - Coppell,TX
My nearly 3 year old son has had 2 weeks of night terrors. He wakes up as many as 10 times per night, causing him to be cranky during the day..and to be honest, I'm cranky, too from waking up so much. For those who have dealt with night terrors- how long does it last? Any suggestions of what to do to help my little guy (and the rest of us) get a good night's sleep?
S. answers from Dallas on March 22, 2009
One of my daughters experienced night terrors several times when she was a toddler and preschooler. We realized it happened on nights when she had not had a nap during the day, had been awake a long time, and had been very active during the day. For us, making sure she took a nap, didn't play too hard during the day, and making sure she went to bed earlier made all the difference. Good long - those are so scary and as you say, they mess up our sleep, too!
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L.B. answers from Amarillo on March 22, 2009
two weeks is a long time! I would recommend taking him to a sleep clinic We were poopooed with our daughter about this and told it was normal part of development when I finally took her anyway it turned out she wasn't breathing at night and the terrors were triggered by not breathing. The neurologist told me sleep disorders in children are increasingly common and anything beyond an occasional nightmare should be checked! That said if you are in fort woth dont go to Cooks cause my expierence with dr Hernandez their sleep doctor is that he is a royal jerk- he blew me off and my daughter was severe enough she is in danger of storkes...
S.R. answers from Amarillo on March 22, 2009
My son (now 10) suffered from night terrors for about a year when he 4 -5 years old. It was terrible for all of us, at first beause we didn't know what was going on, and then because we were all so tired. He would wake evryone in the house with his screaming, except himself, of course! We made sure not to wake him, we just put him on the end of our bed and spoke softly to him until he calmed down. After doing some research we realized that it was most likely caused by him being over tired. We worked hard to establish a gentle routine for bedtime, and stuck to it every night. We started putting him to bed about half an hour to an hour earlier every night. We did have to keep a close eye on him to judge his level of tiredness. After about 2 nights, it was all over! We couldn't believe it! It had been so bad, and then it was over in no time.
I really hope you have good luck with some of the suggestions people have given you. I promise it won't last forever!
K.S. answers from Dallas on March 22, 2009
B.W. answers from Dallas on March 22, 2009
My son had night terrors - he is now almost 17....frankly I do not remember how long they lasted but remember to be very careful with him when he is having them as he is not awake....I would just watch my son, speak softly to him until he quieted....he would never wake up....my best to you and know this too will pass.........
S.M. answers from Dallas on March 22, 2009
My now 4 year old had night terrors. I kept a journal of everything she ate and did for several days. I looked for a pattern and it seemed that if she ate to much protein at night she had a night terror. I cut protein out at night and no more episodes. She did grow out of it because when we did start letting her have protein at night she didn't have any problems. Hope this helps and good luck to you!