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Night Terrors

In my last post, I talked about some weird episodes we were having with Will.  It was something very odd that we had happening and I was worried.  This was the 3rd time it happened, and I was stressing over it.

What happens is is that Will would wake up from a nap and scream.  This was no normal scream either.  Instead, he would scream for around 45 – 60 minutes, and nothing would call him down.  He didn't want to be held.  If you tried to give him a sippy up or something to eat, he would throw it at you.  Now, this is not Will at all.  While he was screaming, he would constantly be arching his back and getting all rigid.  It is enough to scare the crap out of any parent.

It didn't happen often enough that I would even remember to ask the doctor at his regular visits.  It happened once in September, once in November, and then 2 weeks ago.  This last time I called his doctor, and we scheduled a visit.

Surprisingly, they think it is “night terrors”.  Now, this was not something I knew a whole lot about nor did I know that this can actually happen at night time!  It is very similar to sleepwalking and sleeptalking.  Night terrors are considered to be a disorder of arousal and are a partial arousal from non-REM sleep.  When (aff) Will naps, he goes into a deep enough sleep that this is occurring.   They most commonly happen  in children between the ages of 2 and 6 years.   However, they can occur at any age (so adults can get them too).  They often happen in times of stress and when (aff) they are overtired.  There is nothing that can really be done regarding them either.  Basically, I need to keep Will on a sleeping schedule (good luck with that since Madison's preschool schedule throws that out the window) and make sure he doesn't get overtired.  Eventually, he should outgrow this.

I am hoping that me writing this will help someone else going through this.  These episodes are scary, but at least now I know what I am dealing with.

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7 thoughts on “Night Terrors”

  1. Lisa,

    My Nephew experienced night terrors for approx. 2 yrs. He had one episode while spending the night at our house and it is quite terrifying for the adult as well. he just turned 8 and I have not heard of him having another episode since about the 7 yr mark.

    They attributed his to two different factors. he had major head trauma in a car wreck when he was less than a year old. And video games! When they cut out the video games his rate of occurrences dropped significantly. At 8, even with playing video games he has largely outgrown them.

  2. That does sound frightening! If only kids had any idea how many years they trim off our lives. I guess it is payback from when we did the same to our parents.


  3. My son had these several times a month from about 18 months to four years. They were -horrible-. I couldn't comfort him, couldn't even touch him because it would just make them worse. He'd almost always crawl underneath my chair and huddle there screaming until he screamed himself out and started sobbing. At that point, I could coax him out and rock him back to sleep. I promise you that most kids don't have them as long or as often as my Jid did – and that they do no lasting harm.

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Lisa Martin

Lisa Martin

In April 2006, Lisa began blogging to stay connected with distant relatives and friends. As she delved into blogging, she discovered the potential to assist others by sharing her experiences. Lisa has actively engaged in numerous exclusive media ventures. Notable among these are her participation in events such as the Sony Mommy Bloggers Event, the Pampers Mommy Bloggers Event, the Epson Event in Chicago, the Stouffers Event, a memorable yacht excursion with Lands End, collaborations with 1-800-Baskets, an exclusive tour for bloggers by Mrs. Prindable’s, partnerships with Hallmark, PopCap games, Chicago Cubs Mastercard Priceless Events, and Rug Doctor. In addition, she has collaborated with Nutrisystem on a weight loss initiative, teamed up with Buick and Chevy, and served as a brand ambassador for Sprint. Lisa's collaboration portfolio also extends to Disney, where she has participated in press trips for significant movies such as Frozen, Guardians of the Galaxy, McFarland USA, The Good Dinosaur, The BFG, and Cars 3. Notably, for projects like Frozen, The BFG, and Cars 3, she was granted the privilege of walking the red carpet and conducting interviews with celebrities. The impact of Lisa's blog has gained recognition, with The New York Times referencing her content. Moreover, she has been featured in interviews by respected publications such as the Southtown Star, The Chicago Sun Times, and inside.View Author posts