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    Quote Originally Posted by BettyW View Post
    Why aren't you meant to wake them?
    The paediatric sleep psychologist told me that because they're actually asleep during night terrors so they would basically be waking up to concerned and stressed parents which would be distressing for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A-Squared View Post
    The paediatric sleep psychologist told me that because they're actually asleep during night terrors so they would basically be waking up to concerned and stressed parents which would be distressing for them.
    Thanks for that, I guess it makes sense but man... seems awful to make them keep experiencing whatever is happening - I know that when I'm having a bad dream it's such a relief to wake up! Our 2 year old has had a few (I think) and we tend to go in, gently reassure him and bring him out of his room, give him another cup of water and a nappy change and back to bed. The 'reset' seems to work here. The crying is so distressing I can't imagine listening to it for so long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BettyW View Post
    Thanks for that, I guess it makes sense but man... seems awful to make them keep experiencing whatever is happening - I know that when I'm having a bad dream it's such a relief to wake up! Our 2 year old has had a few (I think) and we tend to go in, gently reassure him and bring him out of his room, give him another cup of water and a nappy change and back to bed. The 'reset' seems to work here. The crying is so distressing I can't imagine listening to it for so long.
    It's more distressing for us than the child. In fact it's not meant to be a sign of distress, they essentially should be in the deepest part if the sleep cycle but overtiredness causes the 'terror' but they're not actually dreaming - I was told it's different from a nightmare when you have memory of a dream.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BettyW View Post
    Thanks for that, I guess it makes sense but man... seems awful to make them keep experiencing whatever is happening - I know that when I'm having a bad dream it's such a relief to wake up! Our 2 year old has had a few (I think) and we tend to go in, gently reassure him and bring him out of his room, give him another cup of water and a nappy change and back to bed. The 'reset' seems to work here. The crying is so distressing I can't imagine listening to it for so long.
    This sounds more like a bad dream than a night terror- the night terrors I've experienced with my kids, you cannot wake them up no matter how hard you try, there is no reasoning, no reassuring, no following directions. They are just hysterical and not at all present in the moment. I have literally been a stranger to my kids during night terrors ("get away from me I want my muuuuuuum!!").

    I hate night terrors!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CMF View Post
    This sounds more like a bad dream than a night terror- the night terrors I've experienced with my kids, you cannot wake them up no matter how hard you try, there is no reasoning, no reassuring, no following directions. They are just hysterical and not at all present in the moment. I have literally been a stranger to my kids during night terrors ("get away from me I want my muuuuuuum!!").

    I hate night terrors!
    Yeah. I agree. My daughter writhes and thrashes about. .. her eyes are open sometimes but she really has no idea what is there. I've never even really been able to wake her up during one.
    I've been kicked and punched.
    I hate them.
    When she was little I used to put her in my lap facing out... and bounce her like she was in the car. Lol. Sounds crazy but I think it used to help.
    Since we took her off melatonin they don't happen nearly as often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CMF View Post
    This sounds more like a bad dream than a night terror- the night terrors I've experienced with my kids, you cannot wake them up no matter how hard you try, there is no reasoning, no reassuring, no following directions. They are just hysterical and not at all present in the moment. I have literally been a stranger to my kids during night terrors ("get away from me I want my muuuuuuum!!").

    I hate night terrors!
    Yes this...you can't "wake-up" a child in a night terror...they just wear off and have no recollection in the morning, despite how crazy, distressed or loud they are behaving. It is totally different to a dream or nightmare. All you can do is keep them safe from the thrashing and hope it goes away fast! And reassure yourself they won't be upset or remember in the morning.
    The breaking of the sleep cycle, by gently disturbing half hour before the usual terror time works a treat..I have done it with huge success with all my children.

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    I guess I've taken bad dreams for night terrors then - had heard they start around age 2 and not long after he turned 2 DS1 started screaming and shrieking and sobbing hysterically in his sleep. But we can wake him and 'reset' him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BettyW View Post
    I guess I've taken bad dreams for night terrors then - had heard they start around age 2 and not long after he turned 2 DS1 started screaming and shrieking and sobbing hysterically in his sleep. But we can wake him and 'reset' him.
    My son has recently started crying out in his sleep every night (almost 2) and I have to quickly lie him down or give him a pat and then he's completely fine. When he's had night terrors there is no calming him down and he appears awake but isn't, he kind of has a blank stare that looks right through you and doesn't respond to any type of attempt to comfort, just throws himself around and screams in a way I have never seen him behave like before, it's genuinely crazy! Thank goodness it's only happened a couple times and there's an obvious trigger of him being unwell and exhausted.

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