Night Terrors

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Night Terrors

Anybody else dealing with these, Jack is consistently having at least 1 a night, sometimes 2. They are aweful and making me crazy. His pediatrician says he will grow out of them, and won't hear any of my sleep apnea concerns, just says his tonsils are fine, I think she thinks I'm crazy for even suggesting it, but there are times when he coughs and chokes at night, I'm not sure if it is still his reflux or not?
Any advice is surely appreciated.
Sarah

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Daniel was having them consistently, and he'd definitely have them if he had ice cream within a few hours of bed. Actually, a dairy allergy can cause them, and I think gluten too.

I've significantly cut back his dairy and they've seem to have gone away.

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BTW, a dairy allergy can cause asthma and reflux, too.

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At this point anything is worth a try, although this kid loves his milk, maybe I'll start cutting it out before bed and see if anything changes. Thanks

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"sarah1010" wrote:

although this kid loves his milk

Mine, too. That's the only thing I have yet to be successful on. He's on lactose-free cause of his various diaper issues, but he WON'T drink soy or almond or coconut milk. I've even attempted "cutting" his regular milk with all of the above in minute amounts, but somehow, he KNOWS. *sigh*

But lately, he's been asking for it and carrying it around in the sippy cup all day like it's his security blanket, but he doesn't drink it. I just switched him to water because I'm worried he eventually WILL drink the milk and since he won't let me put it in the fridge, it's bad by then. :confused:

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Griffin occasionally has bad dreams and wakes up crying and calling for me, but not consistently and he usually calms down when I go in and comfort him. He'll tell me about a big spider or something scary he was dreaming about. Poor Jack!
Griffin also has breathing issues when he's asleep, he snores a little and will occasionally have seconds long stop-breathing episodes (not enough to wake him up, but he will suddenly breathe in quickly and loudly). DH is the same way and has a deviated septum (was born with it) so I wonder if Griffin does too. Doesn't seem to really cause any problems for either of them, they are just noisy sleepers! I still don't let Griffin have a pillow at night because having his head propped up even a little bit seems to make it worse.
Good luck! Maybe you can get a second opinion about the night terrors from another ped? I know, easier said than done.

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Jack doesn't remember, just screams, cries, says things like "knock it off", "get away me" and "stop it". They usually last about 30 minutes and he just lays back down. They are aweful.

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"sarah1010" wrote:

Jack doesn't remember, just screams, cries, says things like "knock it off", "get away me" and "stop it". They usually last about 30 minutes and he just lays back down. They are aweful.

this is the very definition of night terrors. It's like sleep walking. They don't even know they are screaming and yelling and hitting and whatever and they don't remember it. If you try to wake them, sometimes they hit at you because you become in the dream and you are an enemy.

it's scary and really hard and it's almost like they are possessed. I don't like them at all. Sad

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So for the first time since I can remember, no night terror last night, and he had no milk yesterday! THANK YOU Janelle!

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You are SOOOOOOOO very welcome, Sweetie! I'm so glad it worked well for you! Biggrin

It's so exciting when the secret code gets cracked so quickly!! Yahoo

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I haven't read this post in a while so not sure if it was mentioned, does sugar cause night terrors too? Last night Natalie was screaming in her sleep, the only thing different is that she was sucking on a lolly pop shortly before bed, given to her by her sister. *sigh* just glad it was before I went to sleep.

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I'm not sure, but I suppose it's possible, especially if she's sensitive to sugar (gets hyper on it easily).