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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: EN | 2008/01/11

Q.

18mth suddenly waking up at night

My 18 month old daughter was sleeping well at night until a few nights ago. I think she had a nightmare. She suddenly wakes up at night (more or less the same time every night) screaming for us and really upset. I'm sure that she's not hungry or thirsty and she's not sick. I do give her something (vidol and sometimes a teething mixture from the pharm) for teething pain. We tried leaving the night light on as well. It's been going on like this for 6 nights now.
My question is, if it is a nightmare scaring her, what should we do? Just go to her and comfort her, that's what we're doing at the moment and it sometimes take up to 2 hours). Or should we move her into our room on a mattrass until she sleeps better.
My concern with the second option is that then we will struggle to get her back into her own bed again.
Thanks.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

If you read the questions on the Paediatric Forum, you will see that this problem is very common. Your child is having night terrors at the moment and this is a passing phase. Certainly don't move her into your room on a mattress as from there she will soon be in your bed and it will be a struggle to get her out again. You need to continue with reassuring her when she wakes up and keep a small night light on in her room. Leave her room as soon as you have calmed her down.

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