I have a loving, vibrant, outgoing soon-to-be three-year-old daughter who has alwasy been an excellent sleeper.
About two weeks ago my husband and I found ourselves woken up by a blood curdling scream coming from my daughter’s bedroom. We walked in her room, and she was sitting up in her bed, eyes open, blood dripping from her lip (must have bit her lip?) screaming like mad. And when I say screaming, I mean a scream I have never heard before; nails on a chalkboard, ears ringing, blood-curdling scream.
When I went to pick her up, she started tossing her arms in the air, scratching her own legs, just a complete wreck. She wanted nothing to do with me and was screaming words we couldn’t understand. We were horrified. After about 10 minutes of the torture, she “woke up”, and was suddenly calm, submissive, and seemed very drained.
Her only request then was to sleep with us which we never usually allow, but the experience left us with no other choice but to take her under our wings and give her much love. We swooped her up and tucked her in our bed. In our bed, she snuggled so close, like a little girl scared of life. The experience was just aweful, and I don’t wish it on anyone, nor did I EVER want to experience that again.
Fast forward two weeks, and we have had about five more night terrors since the first one and they are just as awful as the first one.
Someone once told me the difference between nightmares and night terrors was: nightmares scare the child, night terrors scare the parents. This couldn’t be any closer than the truth.
I need advice from those of who have delt with this difficult this situation, and specifically how you managed your child during a night terror and what preventative measures did you do that helped with this craziness in the dark.
I have tried banning all potential “scary” television from her viewing, letting her get lots of sleep, and doing bedtime rituals…but what else can I try?
This SMB mom needs a full night sleep, please HELP!