Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: annon | 2008/08/05

Q.

constant night terrors

Hi there. My baby is just over a year old and suffers from night terrors - or at least I think.

She wakes screaming most nights. I get her back to sleep and place her back in her cot, but by 1am, she' s up screaming again. I manage to get her to sleep again, but as soon as I put her in her cot, she' s wide awake. She refuses to sleep in the cot - she shivers with fear (this is only the 1am wake). That' s when I resort to having her sleep with me.

It' s the same time almost every night. About 8:30pm and then again at about 1pm. What do I do? She is a happy baby and there is absolutely nothing wrong with her - no pain or discomfort...

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

Night terrors are common at this age and are a passing phase. It is important to go to her and reassure her, settle her down and then to leave the room. Using a nightlight will help a lot. Don't start sleeping with her as this will startt up a new problem for you as she will expect this every night.

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Posted by: NT Desperate | 2008/08/21

Hi There
I just found out my 3 year old suffers from NT. No fail 12 / 1 am she awakes screaming every night and then about 2 to 3 times thereafter. She goes to bed at 8:30, has no problem falling asleep alone or when I put off the light and walk out of the room. She has a very dim sleep light and a radio put on softly. I' ve read up that NT could be caused by lack of vitamins in the body. I have her on Cresche Guard at the moment. Is there any other vitamin that I can give instead?

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