So theBABY has night terrors.
Not familiar with night terrors? Well, the bottom line is that they’ve been the single most terrifying part of being a mom to date.
The typical night terror episode usually begins approximately 90 minutes after falling asleep. The child sits up in bed and screams, appearing awake but is confused, disoriented, and unresponsive to stimuli. Although the child seems to be awake, the child does not seem to be aware of the parents’ presence and usually does not talk. The child may thrash around in bed and does not respond to comforting by the parents.
Did you catch that last part?
….the child does not respond to comforting by the parents.
theBABY actually screams louder and cries harder when I go in to get her. She acts like she’s in pain or like I might be trying to hurt her.
The pediatrician said to make sure she’s safe and let her go through it. Easier said than done, Doc.
All the websites say this happens in 1-6% of all children. Lucky us, huh?
And what’s even worse? Some of the possible causes include sleep deprivation, stress (about what exactly at 15 months?!) and having a parent who had them as a child or who sleepwalks.
Guess who was a sleepwalker as a child? Yep. Me.
So basically, it’s all my fault. Thanks for asking.
I’m praying her central nervous system develops past this stage quickly!!
And now I’m wondering, what did you pass on to your kids that you wish you hadn’t?