Anyone deal with Night Terrors and an update on me

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Mandie565's picture
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Anyone deal with Night Terrors and an update on me

Hi Ladies,

I lurk alot but I haven't had a chance to post to much. I love seeing all the new babies and the new BFP!!

We just recently got back from Joey's 1st trip to Disney. We had an amazing trip except for the fact that he had night terrors in during the first few days. I've never had to deal with it and we did EVERYTHING wrong in the begining. Thankfully it reversed it self but I'm constantly worried about them coming back. Anyone else deal with them? Any tips?

Disney was amazing. Joey had so much fun. We were able to take him on so many rides. It was a little tough to work in naptime while we were there but we got the hang of it. I took over a 1000 pics while we were there.

The minute we got home we had to start packing becaue we finally found a buyer for our house after 9 months on the market!! The buyer wants a June 3rd settlement. We are moving our stuff out the weekend before so I move in less than 2 weeks. Ahhh. Joey loves having all the boxes around. We are moving in with my parents for a few months while we look for a new house.

May and June are going to be crazy months with Disney, packing moving, 2nd birthday and starting to look for anew house but I'm looking forward to all of it!!!

babyJtime's picture
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I just got an email about night terrors starting around 2! Maria hasn't had any yet. I'm not sure what to do about them!

Glad you had a great time in Disney AND your house sold!!! Fantastic news!!! Biggrin

marymoonu's picture
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First - Congrats on selling your house!! I'm a little jealous... I'd love to sell ours, but it's not even on the market. There are a lot of houses around here that are for sale, listed dirt cheap for what they're really worth, and still not selling. So we know we'd never get close to what we paid for it, so we're not even trying right now, though I'd love to. So anyway, woohoo for that!!

Also, I'm glad you guys enjoyed your Disney trip!!! I would love to take the boys sometime, maybe when Cal is a little older.

Okay, on to the business at hand. Sean had night terrors for several months. Not every night, and not even necessarily most nights. But he would go through phases with it where it would happen several nights in a row, or even multiple times in one night. It's such a weird helpless feeling and I was often left with my own difficulty falling to sleep because I just had a "feeling" it was going to happen again (that was caused by the fact that it would often happen again within moments of him seemingly falling back into a good sleep).

I know the major recommendation is to keep them safe from hurting themselves, but to leave them alone. So make sure they won't fall out of bed, bash into a wall, etc. but don't wake them and just let them ride it out. They're supposed to have no recollection of it in the morning.

I will say however that this is not what worked for us. We tried leaving him alone, and he WOULD NOT stop screaming. He could go on like that for a very, VERY long time... So we gave up and went back to what worked for us... Waking him up. I know it TOTALLY goes against the recommendation, but it worked for us. There were times when it still took a long time for us to even be able to wake him up. DH would carry him into the bathroom and turn on this red heat light we have... We just inadvertently noticed that it seemed to help bring him out of it more gently than us trying to yell at him or shake him (gently of course) out of it. Something about the humming of the vent that is attached to the light and the light itself just helped him out of it. It still took a few minutes, but it was a little quicker and more gentle. So if leaving him alone and riding it out doesn't work, I would just go with whatever your gut reaction is and see if it works! It did in our case. :shrug: Good luck! Sean seems to have grown out of them now, so hopefully Joey will too. Smile

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Terrors and Nightmares are different. Terrors they just have to ride out until they wake up or calm back down. Terrors are often linked to full bladder. I'm not sure exactly how, but I read on it when Mia was ~1 1/2 and going through them constantly. As she's gotten older making sure she's gone to to the bathroom before she goes down, checking on her before we go to bed (getting her up 1/2 asleep to pee again) has really helped.

Nightmares are easier to deal with. At least they wake up and calm down(and let you cuddle them).

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"Mandie565" wrote:

Hi Ladies,

The minute we got home we had to start packing becaue we finally found a buyer for our house after 9 months on the market!! The buyer wants a June 3rd settlement. We are moving our stuff out the weekend before so I move in less than 2 weeks. Ahhh. Joey loves having all the boxes around. We are moving in with my parents for a few months while we look for a new house.

So crazy- we just sold our house too! Are you staying in WC? I think that's actually where we are looking to move.

Mandie565's picture
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"kristycoulter1" wrote:

So crazy- we just sold our house too! Are you staying in WC? I think that's actually where we are looking to move.

Congrats!!! We are temporarily moving up to Quakertown where I grew up and but we are looking to buy in the WC, Malvern area, maybe even Radnor. DH just got a new job in Radnor so we will at least look there but I highly doubt anything will be in our price range.

We should do a play date some time. Even if its just at a play ground.

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"Lina5781" wrote:

Terrors and Nightmares are different. Terrors they just have to ride out until they wake up or calm back down. Terrors are often linked to full bladder. I'm not sure exactly how, but I read on it when Mia was ~1 1/2 and going through them constantly. As she's gotten older making sure she's gone to to the bathroom before she goes down, checking on her before we go to bed (getting her up 1/2 asleep to pee again) has really helped.

Nightmares are easier to deal with. At least they wake up and calm down(and let you cuddle them).

Its definitely night terrors. He doesn't want to be cuddled and he screams more when we tried to wake him. There was no calming him down. The more we tried to wake him the more he screamed and cried. (That was before I knew what was going on, now that we know what it is we aren't trying to wake him.)

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Ours were definitely night terrors also. He was totally unable to be comforted, we could not calm him down, but he would not calm down on his own either. It was like he was in a strange level of sleep where he wasn't really asleep, but he was definitely NOT awake either. I know you're not supposed to wake them up, but we did. Once we realized what it was, we tried not to, but still sometimes did when it went on for excessive amounts of time. It didn't seem to hurt anything. BUT... It may have been responsible for it happening more than once in one night. If it happened again in the same night, it was almost always very shortly after he fell asleep again... So we might have shot ourselves in the foot a bit there by waking him.