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#1 snaugh

Posted 17 April 2012 - 08:29 PM

Ethan seems to be crying in his sleep lately. It's loud enough to wake me up, but when I go to his cot he seems to be asleep, even if he's still whimpering.

A few pats on the bum and a bit of shhhh-ing is all it takes to get him to quiet down and go "back to sleep", even though I'm pretty sure he never really wakes up.

So, can a not-quite-2-year-olds have nightmares? If they do, is there any way to minimise it?

If not, what could it be?

The whole thing is freaking me out a bit.

#2 Charli73

Posted 17 April 2012 - 08:50 PM

My 14 month old does the same thing..... a pat on the bum or rubbing his back usually sends him back to sleep...

#3 bella_75

Posted 17 April 2012 - 08:57 PM

My DD is 21 months and has been doing a similar thing for about 6 months, though it is not every night. We experience it maybe once or twice a week.  She can usually settle straightaway but we do, do the same thing with patting and sssshhhing!

#4 ingrid74

Posted 17 April 2012 - 09:08 PM

They are called night terrors. My son has had them a few times but is not really awake (even though sometimes he is sitting up sobbing). Very common about that age apparently (although our daughter never did it and I was worreid when it first happened)

#5 snaugh

Posted 17 April 2012 - 09:18 PM

Glad it's not just our house living with this.

So it's just another delghtful parenting moment that we wait out, huh?

Thanks for the reassurance everyone.

Much appreciated.

#6 snaugh

Posted 18 April 2012 - 12:08 PM

Another quick question  - -  anyone get this through the day??

Ethan is currently crying softly during his day sleep, but quietening down before I even get there.

It's such a heartbreaking noise.

#7 Sares83

Posted 18 April 2012 - 12:19 PM

Pat tends to do this if he is teething. Because his teeth hurt, he grinds them in his sleep which makes them hurt even more. Maybe try a bit of panadol and see if that makes a difference?

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