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    Default Night terrors or something else?

    DD is 3.5yo and has recently started to wake up crying at night. It's usually somewhere between 10pm-midnight and it last maybe 10-15mins. It starts as a whimper and then becomes a more intense cry. When we go in she thrashes around, scratches herself (bottom, belly, legs), pulls her legs up and gets a sort of angry frustrated cry. Trying to calm her makes it worse, I can't get her to tell me if something hurts as she's crying too much. After 10-15mins she calms down and either goes back to sleep or wants cuddles. Tonight she started chatting happily to me once she was calm.

    Does this sound like night terrors? I'm worried she's in pain because it really looks like she is the way she thrashes and curls up. She had an intussusception when she was younger, when that happened she woke up screaming in agony so I'm always worried about that happening again.

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    Anyone?

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    Sounds like growing pains to me. Poor little girl 😞

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    Maybe I should dose her up with Nurofen before bed tonight and see if it helps.

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    My DD used to do this too. She is now 4.5 and it hasn't happened for at least 6 months that I can recall. I used to take note of when it happened and what we had done during the day. I found it was worse when she was hot/dehydrated or very tired after a busy day. We sometimes gave panadol just to rule out pain - I didn't notice a huge difference with/without medication though.

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    DS1 who is 3.5 went through a stage of doing something very similar about 6 months ago. He would wake up early in the night inconsolable thrashing about the bed. There was very little I could do to settle him he didn't want to be cuddled or anything. It would last 10-15 mins like your DD.

    It has now passed. I put it down to night terrors. Don't blame you about being concerned about intussusception but wouldn't the pain continue. Also they're more common in younger children from my experience ( nurse). Trying some neurofen couldn't hurt though, it would rule out pain. It's horrible watching them so distressed and you can do nothing to comfort them.

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    My dd is only 2 and we've just been too a sleep specialist. After describing some of the things she does the specialist doctor suggested it might be night terrors. She explained that they usually
    Happen early in the night (about 3-4 hours after going to bed)
    Distressed... screaming like a banshee crying
    Waking them will make it worse
    Usually go back to sleep after.
    She told me to watch some videos on YouTube to compare.
    I actually don't have any real answers or solutions though! She did say that I should not try to wake DD though.
    Last edited by Tamtam; 31-12-2014 at 14:32.

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    Dd7 used to do something similar, it turned out to be a sore tummy and itches from food intolerances. I would suspect that if she's pulling up her legs like that, then her tummy is uncomfortable. Does she have any tummy trouble like loud rumbles, bloating, constipation or diarrhoea etc? If it's not very hot where you live, moisturise her skin before bed and give her a wheat pack to cuddle when she wakes and see if that helps. Dd7 was unable to tell us at that age that her tummy was sore but it haapened seriously every night for months on end, a couple of hours after bedtime, regular as clockwork!

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    Are her eyes open during these episodes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MummyBic View Post
    DS1 who is 3.5 went through a stage of doing something very similar about 6 months ago. He would wake up early in the night inconsolable thrashing about the bed. There was very little I could do to settle him he didn't want to be cuddled or anything. It would last 10-15 mins like your DD.

    It has now passed. I put it down to night terrors. Don't blame you about being concerned about intussusception but wouldn't the pain continue. Also they're more common in younger children from my experience ( nurse). Trying some neurofen couldn't hurt though, it would rule out pain. It's horrible watching them so distressed and you can do nothing to comfort them.
    When DD had an intussusception she screamed for about an hour and then just passed out. I took her to hospital and they said it popped out on it's own, so the pain subsided. So sometimes I worry that it's kind of popping in and out if that makes sense. I don't think it is, but when she's screaming I can't help but worry!


 

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