Dealing With Night Terrors


PSA for toddlers!
I had never heard of night terrors. My oldest developed them when she was about 2 years old. A lady asked about them in one of  my mom groups the other day and that inspired this post. Night terrors are very different from nightmares. When Izzie had hers, she would scream and shriek in her sleep for about half an hour and I was not able to wake her up. Scared the devil outta me, Of course, I took her to the dr the next day and they said there's nothing to do. The child has to grow out of it. So, for a few weeks, a few nights a week, we would  be found walking her up and down the hallway until she stopped screaming. Then as suddenly as it started, they went away.
The main thing with night terrors, is to remain calm. Your baby is fine. They are not in pain. Some drs believe it is just a phase they go through, some believe that it can be caused by stress, (Izzie's started when I was pregnant with her sister), medications, and even sleep deprivation. Whatever the cause, just rock them through it and soon  it will be over. I always made sure that she wasn't wet or anything like that first and then went to rocking. She went on to be a champion sleeper!

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