Posted in Sleep, Toddlers

Nightmares in toddlers

Has anyone had experience with a toddler having nightmares? Our little one seems to be but we aren’t sure of course.

  • anonymous mom
    Jan 17

    My daughter gets them. I mean, like you I think she does. She’s 17 months and will periodically wake up screaming and will be inconsolable. Usually it will take me up to 30 minutes but she will end up falling back to sleep. Sometimes (rare but it happens) I do have to fully wake her up and do something soothing like listen to music or something in order to calm her before she can settle and fall asleep again.

  • PK
    Jan 17

    Took a class about 12-23 month development - it wasn’t super thorough but we did discuss sleep. This is one of the articles we read. It’s a long one but I took a screenshot of what is applicable here - http://www.med.umich.edu/yourchild/topics/sleep.htm#wake

  • PK
    Jan 17

    My son gets night terrors and nightmares every once in a while. I always give him at least 10 min before I go in. I watch him the entire time. He will usually freak out for 5 min at most and then is passed out cold by 10. If he isn’t settled down by 10 min I go in... which unfortunately always results in us hanging out for 2-3 hrs before he is willing to go back into his crib. Don’t read to them, don’t play, don’t bring them to your bed... be as boring as possible - was what I was told to do. However my son is perfectly content to just sit with me for hours 🙄 luckily those nights, he will sleep in and make up for the sleep lost

  • Toni
    Jan 19

    Our daughter did, night terrors. Eventually we found out that she had sleep apnea and adenoids as big as grapes. So really she was was waking up and have terrors because she wasn’t really sleep or getting deep sleep. She had night terrors almost daily. Removed the adenoids and tonsils and night terrors disappeared.