night terrors in 29 month old

General Pediatrics Questions

Moderators: Radiodiagnosis Team, Primary Care Team, Cardiology Team

Forum rules
YOUR POST WILL REQUIRE APPROVAL - READ: Doctors Lounge Forum Rules and Regulations
• Use a precise title for your question otherwise it will NOT be approved.
• Do not post the same question more than once & maintain related posts in original thread.
• Do not use your real name or identifiable information - You can't edit/delete your post.
confusedmommyof2
Guest
Posts: 1
Joined: Wed Nov 05, 2008 1:57 pm
Gender: Female

night terrors in 29 month old

Postby confusedmommyof2 » Wed Nov 05, 2008 2:21 pm

my son wakes up everynight for about 6 to 7 months so far screaming frantically and about after twenty minutes he calms down and goes back to sleep. when he does he always gets in bed w/ me but never remebers having a bad dream when asked. He doesnt watch scary shows or anythingg. Is this night errors and if so what can i do for them? please help

inhomich
Guest
Posts: 2
Joined: Wed Nov 12, 2008 11:47 am
Gender: Male

Re: night terrors in 29 month old

Postby inhomich » Wed Nov 12, 2008 12:12 pm

The abnormal behavior you described would be classified as a "parasomnia," a term which broken down could be translated as "beside (normal) sleep." The episodes you describe may well be night terrors. Events such as this are most common in children; fortunately for you and the child, these episodes are usually outgrown. The best thing to do in such a case is simply to gently direct the child to a safe environment--back to his or her bed or into yours--and ensure that no harm is inadvertently realized upon the child by the behavior. If the child is awakened, confused or even combative behavior may be displayed, and so awakening the child is unadvised.

However, it is also important to note that other conditions may be present; while this forum may be informative, it is no subsitute for direct consultation. If uncoordinated tensing of the muscles or urination occurs with these eposodes, a nocturnal seizure disorder might also be suspected.

In all likelohood, it is most likely that this is a run-of-the-mill parasomnia (insomuch as they are so); however, if you do notice any particularly disturbing symptomatlogy (aside from the screaming, movement) such as difficulty breathing, for example, it would be best to seek medical attention.

One further note: daytime and nighttime are related, and some claim that this realtionship is quite strong. Hence, some might also suggest that any stressors or frustrations in the child's like be addressed; though this one is too young for individual psychotherapies, it is most commonly focused on the parents and the environment anyways. This is another point worth considering in your approach to dealing with these episodes; it may be more or less applicable.

User avatar
Debbie Miller, RN
Nurse
Posts: 4746
Joined: Mon Apr 16, 2007 2:41 pm
Gender: Female
Location: USA

Re: night terrors in 29 month old

Postby Debbie Miller, RN » Mon Dec 29, 2008 12:52 pm

Hello,
I would agree with this response. Good luck in dealing with this very disturbing condition. As he said, chances are excellent the child will outgrow this.

Best wishes.
The answers in online forums are for information only and are not intended to substitute for medical advice and care. Please see your personal health care provider for further evaluation of your individual case.

Debbie Miller, RN


Return to “Pediatric Topics”



Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests

advertisement.gif (61x7 -- 0 bytes)
 
 



We subscribe to the HONcode principles of the HON Foundation. Click to verify.
We subscribe to the HONcode principles. Verify here

Privacy Statement | Terms & Conditions | Editorial Board | About us
Copyright © 2001-2016 Doctors Lounge. All rights reserved.