Advice for a child with night terrors?
My daughter has had night terrors since she was 2. It used to be that it happened on the rare occasion that she missed a nap. Now that she is no longer napping, it happens every night. Some nights she is extremely upset and crying hysterically. Most times she is sitting up in bed talking and distressed. Some times she is out of her bed and disoriented.
I asked the pediatrician about it and she says that she'll outgrow it. When it happens every night, it is concerning. I want to help her not to suffer from these (although she has no recollection of it the next day).
My daughter went through this. It was spooky as she did not know who I was nor could I get her to respond to me. I finally figured out that if I took her to the bathroom and sat her on the toilet and told her to go potty - she always had to go. then she would go back to bed and back into a peaceful sleep.
My own theory in our case is that she had to go but couldn't rouse herself enough to waken, leaving her in a stressed dream state. Just my theory but can't hurt to try taking her to the bathroom.
And yes, she grew out of it.
Thanks, duffsmom. I'd read this tip online and have tried it. It does seem to wake her up from her dream state. But, sometimes it gets her really distressed and hysterical when I do it. I only do it now if I think she has to. Thanks for your comment!
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