Toddler talking/calling/crying in sleep

(7 Posts)
Tartanstatin Tue 06-Sep-16 00:43:27

Please be gentle with me on this one as I feel quite emotional and anxious about it.

DD is 22 months and during her sleep we often hear her calling us on the monitor in a really forlorn way, but she is asleep. Or we hear her crying but we go into her room and she is crying in her sleep.

This really upsets me as it makes me feel that she is sad or suffering.

Is this quite normal for toddlers?

Littlelostdinosaur Fri 09-Sep-16 03:01:10

Hi tartan. My 2.9 year old started this recently. He will be writhing and whining/crying but is actually asleep. The first time I was terrified and almost dragged him to hospital! It seems he is having night terrors. Having read about it t seems they are normal and the best thing is not to rouse them and just keep them safe until they calm down. He is far more likely to have one when he is overly tired and when he has eaten a lot of sugar (eg after a party etc) so I've started trying to be better abut what he is eating, especially at the back end of the day, and ensure he isn't too tired by bedtime. So far he hasn't had another since I started (only this week mind!). If you are concerned maybe speak to your doctor or hv if they are any good? X

Highlove Fri 09-Sep-16 09:28:26

My 2.6 yo has done this for a while. I agree its v upsetting, though she's fine by day. Agree with a PP that it's exacerbated by being tired, an over-exciting day, whatever. Oh - and we've got a new baby which seems to have made it worse lately.

I also think it's probably night terrors. DH has then when he's very stressed. I don't think it's anything significant to worry about, just upsetting to watch.

Witchend Fri 09-Sep-16 09:31:49

Dd2 used to have temper tantrums in her sleep.

Ds laughs in his sleep and occasionally sleepwalks.

Dh occasionally talks long conversations and does things in his sleep when stressed.

None of them have any memory in the morning.

isthistoonosy Fri 09-Sep-16 09:34:18

Mine started with this around 18months but I have noticed now he is closer to three they are less often and when he talks in his sleep it sounds more like normal dreams than nightmares/ terrors.
Mine use to get up and flail around, screaming, shouting, trying to get out his room etc but generally a bear hug to calm him down and laying him back in bed could be done without waking him and mostly worked well to get him down to sleep for the rest if the night. didn't help for dc2 who he had woken up, mind you

AntiHop Fri 09-Sep-16 09:34:52

My 24 month old shouts out in her sleep, sounding annoyed. It's never concerned me.

Littlelostdinosaur Fri 09-Sep-16 10:23:57

Also from what I read, as they wont remember in the Morning it's best not to mention it. If it's a nightmare it's likely they will remember and will talk to you at the time. Hope it settles soon x

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