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#1 MrsG2

Posted 05 March 2019 - 07:53 AM

Ds is 22.5 months. For the past few nights he’s been fighting to go to sleep and once he falls asleep he wakes up literally every couple of hours screaming and crying and completely inconsolable, not letting us touch him for at least 15-20min. I’ve tired panadol and bonjela (he’s getting the last 2yo molars), cuddles, water everything . It seems like night terrors because aside from being cranky from lack of sleep during the day , he’s fine. I’m at my wits end . Just wondering if anyone has experience with similar stuff? I wish the kid could talk even a little so it wasn’t all crying :-(

#2 **Xena**

Posted 14 March 2019 - 09:34 PM

My son used to get them and they are awful to watch but at least the child doesn't remember them. He eventually grew out of them but you have my sympathies. We'd just sit with him, not touching him, until he went back to sleep. Occasionally he'd wake up a bit and have a glass of water.

#3 coco83

Posted 14 March 2019 - 09:39 PM

My kids have both had night terrors and they are definitely not fun and there is not much you can do but your description of events of trouble going to sleep and then multiple wakings made me think you may want to worm him and see if that helps. The worms are more active and night and will make for a restless and uncomfortable sleep.

#4 MooGuru

Posted 14 March 2019 - 09:43 PM

Waking up with night terrors is a symptom of asthma for me.  Took until adulthood to make that connection.

Might not be relevant but a lot of people are posting on fb at the moment about kids with colds and asthma flare ups atm.

#5 Paddlepop

Posted 14 March 2019 - 09:55 PM

Get his ears checked just in case he has an infection.

My DD had night terrors. Bloody awful things. She grew out of them after a few years.

There's a technique of waking them prior to the night terror that helps to reset their sleep pattern, and break the night terror cycle. Night terrors tend to occur at that same time each time, so you have to wake them before that. This link has some details:

#6 Lou-bags

Posted 14 March 2019 - 10:00 PM

My DS1 had them, he was an early talker, speaking in 6+ world sentences at your DS’s age and it didn’t help at all if that’s any consolation. He was too upset and out of it to speak, just scream and occasionally yell stuff that made no sense,

For him a big trigger was over tiredness. I spent nearly a year either driving or waking him in the pram just to get a day nap to try to avoid the night wakings and screaming. I feel your pain!

He grew out of them somewhere between 2.5 and 3. Bedsharing helped, not much, but a bit and at least it meant I didn’t have to get out of bed to deal, especially beneficial when I was pregnant with DS2.

Good luck and hang in there.

#7 Whattothink

Posted 14 March 2019 - 10:56 PM

Tiredness was a trigger for us as well.

I remember reading hot feet and trapped (in blankets) feet were also triggers.

Could he be low in iron?

#8 Kiwi Bicycle

Posted 15 March 2019 - 08:59 AM

DS had night terrors and sleep walking at the same time. I always remember when visiting BIL, he had an episode in which he ran all over their house screaming and banging on closed doors. Lucky they didn't wake up. I ended up holding him in a dimly lit bathroom before he woke up. He now just has normal nightmares but stopped the sleep walking, but he still sleep talks and kicks and hits. He often tries to run while laying down. Over tiredness and new situations were his trigger.

#9 boatiebabe

Posted 15 March 2019 - 09:27 AM

My DS had night terrors on and off. If it went on for a couple of consecutive nights we would reset him by giving him demazin before bed which worked for us.

#10 Soontobegran

Posted 15 March 2019 - 09:55 AM

My DD who has had night terrors still gets them occasionally 30 years later.
I would always get her out of bed and sit with her cuddled on my knee with the TV on in front of her and it seemed to switch them off.

Horrible things.

#11 Jenflea

Posted 15 March 2019 - 10:09 AM

DD had a mild version of night terrors and the causes I identified for her are:

Being too hot in bed(I only put a cover on her when I go to bed at 10.30 or so,even in winter)
Being over tired
And food /additive sensitivities.

I noticed she was worse on the nights we had certain dishes and I am PRETTY SURE it's down to artificial colours. Lemon chicken from one Chinese place set her off(really yellow sauce) and if she has fanta even now at 8 she has terribly restless sleep, with the odd yelling out during  a dream.
So I'd keep a food diary to see if that pinpoints anything.

Also, if I can coax her to sit up and sip at her water that seems to reset her.

#12 Silverstreak

Posted 15 March 2019 - 10:47 AM

DS had night terrors for a year or so at that age from memory. Not sure what caused it, but he grew out of it.

Night terrors and sleep walking run in my family. Stress and eating dairy soon before bed are the culprits!

I'd check room temperature and get a GP to check your DS' ears, throat and chest, just in case anything else is an issue.

#13 movingonup

Posted 15 March 2019 - 11:54 AM

My son has night terrors - mainly when he's overtired or too hot. He's nearly three and they've calmed down, but they peaked in the first six months after being two, so around the same age as your DS.
I couldn't pinpoint a trigger until we were on an overnight flight home from Bali and the plane was just SO hot and he had two night terrors - you can imagine how fun that was for everyone! But yes, it seems now he's grown out of the overtired ones, but the hot ones remain.

#14 AdelTwins

Posted 15 March 2019 - 08:13 PM

DS1 had them a lot. One time he was also sleep walking. They were horrible at that age. We couldn’t touch him without him raging and potentially hurting himself.

He’s 7 now and only gets them when he’s overtired or in a strange sleeping situation (camping, etc). He never remembers the first part, but occasionally remembers me taking him to the toilet or waking him up.

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