Attn: Mothers of Toddlers

  1. Ok..this is my own daughter that this is happening with. She's just short of 2 1/2

    My daughter is waking up in the middle of the night, every night, once, sometimes twice, crying, crying, crying...sometimes screaming...saying, "No! No!"...her verbal skills are obviously not helping me assess what is wrong.

    I go upstairs, and sometimes I realize she is doing this fully asleep, if I can get her calmed down, she just collapses in a heap and returns to sleep. I hate to think of her nights are this stressful, and it's so sad to pick her up and tears are streaming down her face.

    I know what some must be thinking, "someone is doing something to that child" if I wasn't the only person taking care of her I would agree.

    During the day she is a normal child, going through the terrible two's.

    Do they all do this?

    I can't remember from my child psch classes when they start having "night terrors" etc.
  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   babynurselsa
    THis is a common age for night terrors. Just big bad dreams.
    I noticed with my first 2 that it seemed to stem from some event earlier in the same day. I also would notice that they would "fight" in their sleep. As if they didn't do enough of it while they were awake.
  4. by   BSNtobe2009
    Hey, I appreciate it. It's just a hard thing to watch.
  5. by   babynurselsa
    I agree, it can be terrifying to be roused from a sound sleep to your little one shrieking. ugh
    THose little minds are still working after they go to sleep. But what you are describibg sounds like what I have experienced with my own.
  6. by   Spidey's mom
    Yep, night terrors. My #2 son had them the worst.

    My youngest (age 5) hasn't had any but then he sleeps with his parents still . .. .yep, co-sleeper here.

    It is normal - but not fun. Hard to see them so scared.

    Good luck.

  7. by   RGN1
    My eldest boy had these - I really feel for you. Just keep in mind that, like many stages in growing up, it will pass.

    I just used to give him a cuddle until he settled again - of course that meant serious sleep deprivation for me because I'd be on tender hooks the rest of the night then!!

    Still he's 14 now & none the worse for wear so stay sane & know that there's many a mum who relates to you right now!!
  8. by   SouthernLPN2RN
    My son does it and he's 3. He sometimes just screams out without moving or waking up.