Posted in Behavior, Sleep, Toddlers

I think my 20 month old is having night terrors. What can I do to help?

She wakes up screaming at 3-4am and will only go back to sleep in our bed. I’m a let them cry it out type of person but she starts shaking, crying, and kicking when I just walk towards her crib to put her down again.

  • Julie
    May 08

    Sometimes it can be night terrors but whenever my daughter is going through this (especially the kicking and screaming when I go to put her down) it’s almost always teething, and once it was an ear infection....if you have an otoscope at home, take a peek and see if it looks like an ear infection (if so, have her seen so she can start antibiotics), otherwise try giving some Motrin before bed (as long as your pediatrician has okayed it). Good luck!!

  • Katherine
    May 08

    Thank you! She is getting her canines. I didn’t even think of that.

  • Skyler
    May 09

    My son had night terrors around that time and there’s not a whole lot you can do. If you try to wake or sooth them it often makes it worse. It may be best to let them stay in their bed and cry it out.

  • Vonda
    May 09

    Ferber’s book goes into night terrors and nightmares. How to handle them and what they mean. Really good details.