Our expert says:
OK, whatever is happening at night does not sound like "tantrums", which occur only when awake and in conflict with the caregivwer. These could be nightmares, or more likely what are called Night Terrors, and can be helped, if she sees a child psychiatrist for assessment and advice. At least such other possibilities should be checked out before treating this as bad behaviour.
With nightmares, usually the child wakes and can and will tell you what frightened her. With Night Terrors, the child is often incoherent, frightened but doesn't remember what set it off.
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