It looks like 2 yo DS is starting to have night terrors. Last Friday and last night, utterly inconsolable, sweating, screaming ... Just awful.
Does anyone have any real life advice?
Also, a couple of days before the clocks went forward, he started awakening at 6am. Despite the clock going forward, he still wakes then! Have tried gro clock ("goooooooo yellow!"), have tried cuddling him back in ... Nada.
Previously he was up between 7-7.30. Not a huge difference but enough poor DH is feeling it. We have a nearly 5mo ebf baby, so the deal is he gets up with DS as I am handling night wakenings with dd. due to her age, and the fact this started well after she arrived, I don't think it's to do with her.
We had these and the advice which worked for us was:
1. Don't say the child's name. The child won't know who you are and may become more scared. 2. Put them somewhere they can do themselves no damage, so lay them gently on the floor, away from corners. Sit quietly nearby but don't speak to them, or try and soothe them. 3. Take them into a different room. We found that a trigger word to end the episode was "downstairs". We didn't actually have to take her downstairs but it somehow helped.
They really are terrifying aren't they? I can understand why some ignorant people might think their child was possessed because that was how it looked at times. Thankfully it only lasted a few weeks before she grew out of it.