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2.4 yr old dd having 'odd' nights

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nailpolish Fri 04-Feb-05 12:44:40

dd has always loved her bed - she goes no prob at night and is a right lazy bones in the morning.

over the past week between the hours of 11pm and 1am we hear her making noises such as 'ow' and 'no' and little cries.

my dh will go in, ask her whats wrong and snuggle her down. he says she keeps her eyes closed but he knows she is awake, she cuddles her rabbit and turns over, she doesnt speak to him.

i ask her about it in the morning, like 'why were you sad in your bed last night?' she just says 'nothing, happy now mummy'

she doesnt sound particularly distressed, or upset, or even crying (not really proper crying)

i asked dh but he is 100% sure she is awake

i dont know what to do

nailpolish Fri 04-Feb-05 12:46:47

sometimes he goes in 4 or 5 times, he just tucks her in and comes out of the room, she doesnt cry or ask him to stay, but the little noises will start 10-15 mins later

dh says he would stay and ask her whats wrong etc but she wont talk or open her eyes, so he just shuts the door

its all very strange

Blu Fri 04-Feb-05 12:51:32

DS does this and lots more night time activity, too. I think the sleep / waking thing is a very fine line in these little ones - if she progresses to a complete 'night terror' you will be 100% sure that she is awake - but she will be in a really strange state. Re-acting to certain things and not to others.
I think they start to be quite disturbed at night at this age, talking in sleep, dreaming, lots of wriggling etc.
Don't worry.

nailpolish Fri 04-Feb-05 12:53:21

but i am really worried about the night terror thing - my dh has huge problems with terrible nightmares - i have to watch him like a hawk and ive been in some terrifying situations with him. he doesnt remember a thing and thinks its actually funny.

im frightened dd will be the same

nailpolish Fri 04-Feb-05 13:22:43

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Blu Fri 04-Feb-05 13:34:54

The thing about night terrors is that they only seem to be distressing for onlookers! DS has had some really spectacular episodes, where he runs round the house shouting, or screaming stuff that makes you feel he must have terrible psychological disturbance - but he can never remember any of it, and always seems fresh and happy the next morning. We have learned to leave him alon as much as possible in bight terrors because any intervention just seems to provoke him more.
Night terrors are far more common in boys, apparantly, and DS only gets them when he is feverish, very over-tired or undergoing a big change in his life.
And he seeems a very happy child, honest!

nailpolish Fri 04-Feb-05 13:39:18

thanks blu, thats a bit reassurance. so should dh just carry on with what hes doing then?

and should i speak to her about it in the morning or just forget it if she seems ok

Aimsmum Fri 04-Feb-05 13:39:45

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nailpolish Fri 04-Feb-05 13:41:59

oh no aimsmum that sounds awful.

i get that with dh - but he is a big heavy strong man, with dd i would be so upset for her

its good to read that they dont remember it

Aimsmum Fri 04-Feb-05 13:47:23

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Blu Fri 04-Feb-05 13:47:49

I don't talk to DS about it in the morning - a couple of times I asked if he had had a dream, but mostly he can't remember, and I just think it confuses him to talk about him doing things when he has no knowledge or memory of it.

nailpolish Fri 04-Feb-05 13:50:51

so just now dh goes in and snuggles her down - she doesnt open her eyes, just turns over. ill say to him not to speak to her

i wont mention it in the morning thanks girls

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