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    Default night terror?

    I read couple of threads about night terror. It seems to me that this happens to the toddlers. Is it possible for babies?

    DS is ~6 months old. Recently, he had started the night terror (?). This is very different than the scream that he had when he was few weeks old with silent reflux. He just had another episode last night. He would set out a big scream and cry in full. I would go in, try to talk to him, pat him etc. He wouldn't calm down. Basically, not responsive. I picked him up. He would grab onto my cloth tightly with both hands. I would rock, pat and shoosh. He might seem to calm down for a second but set out the full scream again the next. Most of the time his eyes were close. I noticed that he opened the eyes a few times last night. When i tried to put him down to the mattress (knowing nothing i do would calm him), he would kick, fuss and grab onto me even tighter. I pick him up and put him down with a few attempts. This went on for a few minutes. Then, he would fall right back to sleep like nothing had happened. Coincidently, both times I had turned on the night light and let him grab onto the blanket or comforter (in replace grabbing my cloth). DH dealt with this differently and he was very frustrated at the beginning thinking DS being ridiculous. I commented that he might just have a nightmare.......i don't recall all the timing but the last two times happened before midnight (10pm, 11pm).

    It did get me wonder if it is separation anxiety because he wouldn't let me let go of him??!? BUT how comes it happened so dramatically? Note: he falls asleep on his own every evening.

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    PS: if it is night terror, what can you do to calm him down quickly? Why does it happen?

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    Poor little guy, 6 months is so young to be having night terrors. From what I've read and heard, you aren't meant to try and wake them during one, instead you let them wait until they are settled. I don't know if this applies for a baby too. We have done it with our now 4 year old it can take some time, she soon settles and goes straight back to sleep.

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    Default night terror?

    Grr.....DS has a lot of sleep problems. Only until recently that he is able to nap longer than 30 mins and in his cot. In the past, it just seems like anxiety. Cried when I tried to put him down in the cot. He was sleeping the bouncer for nap for a long time and within my sight. Whatever made him happy.

    However he learned to sleep in the cot at night from young age. Like 9w.

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    Ok, my girl had them last year. She was 1.5 yrs old at the time.
    They went on for a week until the last episode where for 20min she was screaming and shaking, it was quiet traumatic to watch, we even called an ambulance. She was admitted to hospital and Drs were happy to say it was a night terror and they can last up to the age of 5. Yes... 5 years old.

    If you can record it (I was told too) don't wake the child up and the baby will settle on his/her own.

    There's a couple threads on this topic.

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    I didn't think about recording it. Most of the time i didn't know it was happening until I went in to soothe him without success.

    I was being stupid and was trying to wake him up last night. I didn't think he did, though. I thought that would get him to stop.

    BTW, isn't he too young to have this?
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    The paramedics and Drs at the hospital told me to record it.

    No its not a young age. Don't wake, he will put himself to sleep. I no its stressful and hard to watch.

    However if your concerned speak to,your paed

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    I would record it if your worried as suggested because that way they can rule out a seizure

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    Seizure? Wow. Now I am very worried. I hope it doesn't happen anytime soon.


 

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