In response to the Coping with Toddler Sleep Issues post from yesterday, Lorri contacted me, looking for help from parents who have issues with night terrors in young children. As this is not something we have had to deal with just yet, I am turning it over to you – the wonderful, experienced mothers (and fathers) who read Childhood 101. This is what Lorri had to say…
Our daughter is now 3.5 years old and has had night terrors since she was 18 months. It took us a while to work out what was going on. She’d appear to “wake” but had her eyes mostly closed, would scream and roar, throw her arms or legs around and get more agitated when touched.
At first, we tried to wake her or distract her with the cold night air, bringing her to see our dog, anything out of the ordinary to wake her from her terrors. Come the morning, she wouldn’t remember them at all. They happened mostly when she was over stimulated by her energetic grandmother or coming down with a cold. As we co-sleep, she moves from her cot to our bed through the night. I am also sure that she occasionally wakes because of our snoring or stirring.
These days, when she wakes, we try to keep her calm and talk to her. Sometimes she’d run down the corridor, we’d follow her to keep her safe and keep her company, talk to her, sometimes changing our tone completely so she’d break the state…something like “OHHHHHH, EMMMAA, our little baby,…what’s going on? OOOHHHHH come here let me hold you like a baby…..” (or something to that effect). She’d come running, get a cuddle, some milk (yes, we still have bottles or milk) and eventually calm down and fall asleep.
We are a close family, we practice attachment, co-sleep with our girls in our room and conscious parenting. I am a SAHM and do not leave her with anyone, so I know what her days and experiences are like.
I guess I’m interested to know the experiences of other parents with night terrors. What they did to help their child through an incident, their child’s triggers and at what age they subsided?
Do you have experience with night terrors? Can you help? Please leave a comment below if you have any suggestions for Lorri.