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2 year old is having night terrors. Help!
has night terrors on occasion, too, so I know how scary they are for us as
parents. It's so hard to see your child seemingly so upset without knowing
what's going on in his little mind or how to help. First, here's how you know
these are night terrors (also called sleep terrors):
Your child screams, cries, or makes disturbed
sounds, sits up and moves around in bed
He's not responsive to you, you can't calm him
down and he won't answer you when you talk
Night terrors usually happen in the first few
hours of the night (whereas nightmares happen usually in the second half of the
Your child doesn't remember what happened in the
Night terrors are nothing to worry about, and we can't
really keep them from happening (just like with nightmares). They are a strange
little phenomenon that occurs when children are trapped between awake and
The thing you can do as a parent is to stay calm and ensure
that your child doesn't hurt himself if he's flipping around in bed. It's next
to impossible to calm, rationalize or talk down a child in the midst of a night
terror, but usually, if you give it a few minutes, your child will move out of
it and he'll naturally calm down and go back to sleep.
After he's through the
night terror, there's no reason to stay in the room. Just re-tuck your child,
give him a kiss and leave. Most likely, he won't even remember
what happened the next day.
Sometimes night terrors are exacerbated by sleep loss and
also by anything that disturbs your child's sleep, like needing to pee. Certain
kids are predisposed to having night terrors, and they seem to run in families.
Try not to worry too much and just make sure anyone babysitting knows to expect
it and what to do (since they tend to happen in those early hours of the night
when babysitters would be there).