Night terrors or something like that...

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Night terrors or something like that...

So the last few nights have been nothing short of HORRIBLE! McKenzie is waking up every 5 minutes or less and just crying. It appears that she is still sleeping, but won't soothe herself back to sleep. I get up (she is in our room again because I can't hear her in her room) and giver a binky, she quiets down but then wakes back up crying a few minutes later. I have even taken her out of her bed, brought her into the living room and make sure she is fully awake, to see if its a bad dream. She says she's ok, and tired and wants to go back to bed...only to wake up crying a few more minutes later. I am at wits end...exhausted and frustrated. Need advice...please!
And I have tried to let her CIO, but it doesn't work either.

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I'm wondering if Maria is doing the same thing.

She was a sleeping superstar for about 2 weeks and then the last few days she has been back to her old self. Wink

She will sit up and have what is like a temper tantrum. She will refuse to be touched/held/sung to/nursed. I just have to wait it out. I think she's awake but I'm not sure, so maybe it is night terrors too?

Finally one of her canine teeth came in though too so not sure if it has to do with pain in the middle of the night either.

These children were created to confuse us!! Smile

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2yr molars?

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My first thought while reading this was teeth or ears? If she's waaking up that often, maybe she has some sort of pain that she feels while laying down, and when she sits up with you, she doesn't feel it so she says she's ok. (My kids daycare lady said that's the only way she knew her daughter had an ear infection was waking up frequently crying, no fever or eating trouble, and no sign of it during the day while awake).

On the note of night terrors - my sister had them up until about 3 years old. It wasn't an every night thing, but we couldn't even go in and console her. She would sit or lay there for about 5 minutes, screaming and throwing a fit. It seemed if we tried to hug her or hold her, it made it worse and last longer. Now, I don't know if that's how it is for everyone, but that's my experience with them. Sometimes she would wake up after and other times she would whimper herself back to a calm sleep without ever waking up.

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"babyJtime" wrote:

I'm wondering if Maria is doing the same thing.

She was a sleeping superstar for about 2 weeks and then the last few days she has been back to her old self. Wink

She will sit up and have what is like a temper tantrum. She will refuse to be touched/held/sung to/nursed. I just have to wait it out. I think she's awake but I'm not sure, so maybe it is night terrors too?

Finally one of her canine teeth came in though too so not sure if it has to do with pain in the middle of the night either.

These children were created to confuse us!! Smile

Yep, we've been having nighttime temper tantrums for 2 weeks now. A hits, kicks, scratches, pulls hair, and screams so loud she's almost certainly giving herself a sore throat. I wish I had a solution, but we're about at our wits' end, too. I was actually just about to post something about this, asking for advice!

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"MichiGal23" wrote:

On the note of night terrors - my sister had them up until about 3 years old. It wasn't an every night thing, but we couldn't even go in and console her. She would sit or lay there for about 5 minutes, screaming and throwing a fit. It seemed if we tried to hug her or hold her, it made it worse and last longer. Now, I don't know if that's how it is for everyone, but that's my experience with them. Sometimes she would wake up after and other times she would whimper herself back to a calm sleep without ever waking up.

This is more like what I understand a night terror to be than what the rest are describing. Miriam and I both have them. When Miriam has one it's usually a couple hours into the night, and she'll be screaming and thrashing with her eyes wide open, sometimes yelling out unintelligible vocalizations. I can't touch her, or talk to her without making it worse, though DH can usually pick her up to get her out of the bed and away from the side rails so she won't hurt herself. Then when it has passed she'll wake up briefly for a hug, or just settle back to sleep and doesn't even remember it the next day.
McKenzie might be having scary dreams while she's transitioning to sleep, or that odd sensation of falling that some people have. It would be scary, and would happen right as she was going to sleep, so about 5 minutes in or so.

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That would be frustrating and exhausting for sure. It would be worth a trip to the doctor to rule out any physical causes, like an ear infection.

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Miles has been doing something like that lately too! He's a great sleeper, he's always slept through the night since he was 6mo. But lately, he'll still be sleeping, but he will whine and whimper and call out mommy..but the minute I walk into his room, he's already asleep! and the nights I actually get to him his eyes are closed like he's dreaming.

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My nephew had bad dreams/night terrors at about this age, for a few months. My SIL said that you'd swear up and down he was awake - he'd even acknowledge and respond to her - but they realized after this went on for a while that he was sleeping through the whole episode and never had any memory of it the next day. IMO it would be worth checking with the doctor to make sure there's nothing physical going on first, but if it helps at all I've heard that night terrors tend to be short-lived. You must be exhausted. (((HUGS)))