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Does your child get Night Terrors? Dealing tips...

Debashree Bhattacharya
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Does your child get Night Terrors Dealing tips

As parents you must have experienced your toddler suddenly starts crying for no rhyme or reason? And when you look at them they are in deep sleep as well. However, he or she feels your touch he or she calms down and keep on sleeping peacefully. So what was it that your toddler just experienced? It was a Night Terror. So what is night terror is what our proparent blogger Debashree Bhattacharya will share in her blog. She will touch points like • What is night terror? • Difference between nightmare and night terror • Coping strategies for night terror Interested to know more? Click here to read more on night terrors – a sleep disorder in young children...


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DEBASHREE BHATTACHARYA

| Jul 24, 2017

Hello Sowjanya, you are absolutely correct, your baby cries for a hug and a swaddle from you. Is 1 o'clock your baby's feeding time also? lf the last feed was on 11 o'clock... the next feed can be expected at around 1 o'clock. PLEASE DEAR DON'T ADDRESS ME AS "MA'AM "...... I AM YOUR FRIEND..... SO CALL ME DEBASHREE..

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sowjanya yalamanchili

| Jul 24, 2017

Hello Debashree mam, My son usually gets up crying at around 1am, but also during daytime sometimes. He stops crying only after lifting him and walk for sometime. May be he wants to be pampered and wants attention?

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DEBASHREE BHATTACHARYA

| Jul 22, 2017

Hello Sowjanya, it is very uncommon among below 1 yr children... And tell me the time when it generally happens. Are you sure that.. the temperature fluctuation in room, colic pain, need for a burp ...not the reasons?

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sowjanya yalamanchili

| Jul 19, 2017

My 5 months old son gets up from sleep crying everytime very loudly without opening his eyes. Not because he is hungry or did sussu, but he gets up crying even though there is no disturbance at home.. Such a small baby also will have night terror?

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Dhanya Satheesan

| Jul 08, 2017

thanks

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Sreeya Padhya

| Jul 07, 2017

Thank you....

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DEBASHREE BHATTACHARYA

| Jul 07, 2017

l don't think so dear... there are some factors that can be behind her crying... temperature fluctuation in the room, hunger,thirst, gas, colic pain, acid reflux, or a wish to get a hug from you... Please maintain at least 45 minutes gap between her dinner and bedtime. Sometimes undigested food causes lot of sleeping disturbances... try to make her burp before putting her into the bed.

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Sreeya Padhya

| Jul 07, 2017

Thanks lot..... But why she wake up every one hour with crying?? Is it night mare too??

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DEBASHREE BHATTACHARYA

| Jul 07, 2017

Hello Sreeya... night terrors are not very common below one year old children. Moreover, the time you are mentioning... it matches with nightmare not night terror. Nightmares are bad dreams that scared a child in their sleep. Your child calm down in your lap... it means she reciprocates to you... so it is 100% a nightmare. Sreeya, just try to wake her up as soon as possible if you find out she is showing some restlessness in her bed. Take her immediately in your lap and start singing her favourite rhymes patting her back softly. Your voice and touch will give her comfort immediately. Don't worry.. if you need any clarification.. feel free to post again.

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Sreeya Padhya

| Jul 07, 2017

My 7 month baby suffer night terror between 4am to 6am she extremely cry with close eyes. And she use to wake up every one hour not to feed just getting touch with me when I rest her in my lap she sleeps. Please help me out

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Shailaja Navale Kapure

| Jul 07, 2017

thanx dear

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Hiral Desai

| Jul 07, 2017

thank you Debashree

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DEBASHREE BHATTACHARYA

| Jul 07, 2017

Shailaja, then it can be some other reasons... moreover we don't imagine how small things upset young children. My son once under the attack of night terror after seeing a picture of a goat with long horns in his alphabet book... !and that night he experienced 4 night terror attacks... ! l never showed that book to him. Your child's behaviour pattern matches with night terror only. Please read the coping up strategy section from the blog... it will help you dear.

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Swati Porwal

| Jul 07, 2017

Well Explained .....

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Shailaja Navale Kapure

| Jul 07, 2017

actually in day time she doesnt seem to be stressed and the distance between my house and my inlaws house is just. 2hrs the only thing that v feel is my inlaws house is very small and bit unclean it matters only for me and my husband but my kids r ok there

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DEBASHREE BHATTACHARYA

| Jul 07, 2017

Hello Shailaja, night terrors can occur 3/4 times in a night. Just tell me one thing.. do you have to travel a long distance to reached your in-law's house resulting your child's sleep deprivation? According to my opinion the two major reasons behind a night terror attack is sleep deprivation and the experience of any kind of stress, anxiety or discomfort that a child experienced throughout in a day. Does your child reciprocate to you or calm down when you try to comfort her? If 'no' ...then it is night terror. Before sending her to bed, give a nice massage... it is very effective. It may be that the change of the location creates some kind of stress that triggers a night terror. Shailaja, as per my knowledge... your baby is under night terror attack... that's why she looks fresh the very next morning as if nothing happened.... because she can't recall anything from the previous night.

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Shailaja Navale Kapure

| Jul 07, 2017

hey nice and helpful information but i hv a doubt my lit one (2yrs) cries a lot only at my inlaws place and she cries for long say abt 3 to 5 mins and nothing consoles wat can the matter be and this happens 3 or 4 times at nite but she wakes up fresh and is also very playful the whole day wat can this be

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sheetal loonker

| Jul 05, 2017

thank you for this information..

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Jilu Thomas

| Jul 05, 2017

thanks for the information

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Shikha Batra

| Jul 04, 2017

thanks Debashree! I believe so too.

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DEBASHREE BHATTACHARYA

| Jul 04, 2017

Hello Shikha, No doubt it is night terror that's why she can't recall anything and behaves as if nothing happened in the previous night. Moreover,it may be that she feels some discomfort because of the urine pressure.. which triggers the situation but she tells you about it after the effect of the night terror as she then starts feeling her normal biological calls.

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Shikha Batra

| Jul 04, 2017

quite an insightful one Debashree. I too have noticed the same with my lil one. she would wake up once at night occasionally, make some incoherent speech and cry inconsolably . usually its time for her to pee . once she answers nature's call she would sleep again and wake up fresh the next morning. when asked about the previous night she is not be able to recall anything . what do u think it's the night terror which wakes her up or the urge to urinate?

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DEBASHREE BHATTACHARYA

| Jul 04, 2017

Hello Komal, does your child look upset the next day? Actually a child under night terror cannot remember anything the next day. The main feature of a night terror is the child doesn't reciprocate to the comforting words of his/her parents and do not utter a single word to communicate during that time. After the effect of the night terror is over the child behaves very normal right then... asking for water.. requesting for playing cartoons etc. And your child is asking for urination as he has already overcome the attack of the night terror and feeling normal and responding his nature's call.

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Komal B

| Jul 04, 2017

Hii. nicely explained.. I guess my child who is 2. 8yrs old nw experiencing night terror. till date. As a parent i feel helpless wen i see my baby crying out loud and cannot do anything.. wat i do that time is just i hold him take him to open calm place.. balcony n just start chanting waheguru waheguru.. (as he is growing up listening these)'aftr some time he sleeps.. But at times he wakes up a says Mumma i want to pee.. so dont know is this night terror or because of urination he does that..

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DEBASHREE BHATTACHARYA

| Jul 04, 2017

Puloma, l really appreciate your valuable feedback. Thanks a lot dear..

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puloma pandey

| Jul 04, 2017

Thanx Debashree its really useful. I was not aware of difference between two , thanks for the detailed explanation.

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