01-21-2014 01:54 PM
01-21-2014 04:29 PM
A liitle change in his sleeping posture could help. Analyse his sleeping posture and try to adjust his postion in east west direction as they are scientificlly proven to be good for body as well. Try shifting your child according to this and it would definitely work.
01-28-2014 07:32 PM
01-28-2014 10:09 PM
I would talk to your pedi about this. We have dealt with our fair share of terrors with DD1 (note: what you are describing though is nightmares and they are very different than night terrors). We found that they were mainly linked with certain types of visual stimulation (ie DH would watch Adventure Time with her *stomps foot with arms crossed*) or she was getting to bed too late. We have only had 1 night terror in about 3-4 months since making sure that naps were strictly adhered to and bedtime is rarely ever pushed back now. We were having one every three days or so before making the schedule tighter and banning Adventure Time during kid awake hours (don't ask me why it's this one show in particular, but DH figured she hadn't had a terror in awhile and watched it with her a few days ago because he didn't believe me and that's the night she had her first one in several months *eye roll*).
The reason night terrors and nightmares are so different- night terrors are basically sleep walking/ talking through a nightmare. The kid looks and sounds like they are awake but they really aren't- they are asleep through the whole thing. All you can really do is make sure they don't get hurt on something, and trying to wake them up can actually make it worse. Nightmares the child IS awake after the dream and can remember it and why it was scary. The night terrors the kid won't remember or recall at all.
A detailed visit with your pedi about it should help give you some ideas of stimulation/ routine/ etc that could be contributing. The other thing too is that it could even just simply be his night time routine. If he's too sleepy or even just flat out asleep before going into bed, he may be half awake when he suddenly realizes mom isn't right there with him anymore and isn't necessarily suffering nightmares but extreme sleep/ seperation anxiety.