Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Hilda | 2010/06/30


Toddler night wakening

My 2 year old has been sleeping through prob 6 out of 7 nights for the past year.....however all of a sudden for the past two to 3 weeks been wakeing up at around 3/4 and almost terrified...start by calling us and then when he sees either me of the dad he starts crying uncontrollably...does not help sitting with him he gets histerical...only things that helps and calms him down is taking him out of his the end we end up with him in our bed as he refused to sleep in his bed again...not even if you stay with him in his room...What do we do and what can this be....some people has asked me is anything has changed at all? Only thing that I can think is that they hav started potty training at creche...can this influence to this extend....almost as he is getting nightmares....we did have a robbery 6 months ago in day time...he was not hurt hwoeve they did go into his bedroom and he woke up....but we have had no signs of any trauma thus far. He does go to bed at night relavtively easy..with a bedtime story though..then we leave and he falls asleap (" happily awake" ) We are quite desperate and was wondering if it is something emotional...he is a bit more clingy in terms of wanting his dummy etc....specific toys in daytime....what do you think.

Expert's Reply



This sounds like a very common problem at this age called night terrors. The cause is usually not obvious.These night terrors start suddenly as you have described here. Your son will have no recollection of waking up and of the bad dream that he had. You have to be cautious about not starting another problem where your son will get into the habit of waking up with the aim of getting into your bed. You have to be firm. When he wakes up just go to him reassure him, tuck him up in his bed again, kiss him goodnight and leave his room. Do not allow him to come to your bed. Take him back to his bed each time if he wakes up more than once. A night light in his room may help.

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Posted by: heidi | 2010/06/30

hey hilda
it is called night terrors, a state between awake and asleep. google it, will explain to you what to do. my little girl had if for about 6 months and never after that again. good luck!

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