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Can babies have nightmares?

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Sherida Fri 01-Aug-08 08:42:23

My 6 month old DD has woken twice this week with screams. And I don't mean the "I'm bored come see me" screams, it's totally terrified. Last night my DH actually thought she'd hurt herself. I went in there, and she was panicking, so I held her and she was breathing heavily, staring over my shoulder. I culddled her for a while then put her back down and she was fully awake, but went back to sleep ok.

I don't want her to think that waking up = hugs, but I don't want to leave her to scream either. What's the right thing to do , and do babies have nightmares?

Lomond Fri 01-Aug-08 08:45:53

She is only wee, give her the hugs!

This happened to my 1 year old the other day (nap time) she was screaming for about half an hour, it was horrible sad

I thought it must have been a nightmare or possibly a cramp or something.

You know it wasn't just an attention cry so give her the cuddles, oh I said that already wink

pudding25 Fri 01-Aug-08 09:10:27

Definitely give her hugs. I have no idea about whether they get nightmares or not but if she is screaming and it is out of the ordinary, give her a big hug!

Sherida Fri 01-Aug-08 09:49:15

hehe so the consensus is HUGS ALL ROUND!!!! Hooray!

TheGabster Fri 01-Aug-08 11:42:42

Definitely huggs.

My DS (DC1) is nearly 6 months and DH and I are sure had nightmare last week too. Watched him in bed once realised was still asleep and we were sure of it. He did not wake so no huggs our end sad. But waited around for a while just incase - making the most of the huggs whilst he is young enough to want them wink!!

LearningDad Sat 23-Aug-08 04:46:18

My 6 month old woke-up twice in back-to-back nights screaming like I had never seen before. After holding him for 5 minutes he calmed down and went back to sleep. I was really worried, I had never seen him like that.He looked like he had just seen a ghost and for those first 5 minutes he was unconsolable. I have to come to the conclusion that he had nightmares, or that he bumped his head on one of the bars. But I have to say that those first two nights are the same two first days he started drinking formula. I don't know if the two are related. Try to make a note of that and check if it's also the case for you. Hope he'll sleep better tomorrow night.

babyOcho Sat 23-Aug-08 05:30:10

DD (almost 6mo) woke up screaming as well tonight and we were convinced that she had a bad dream.

Poor thing, we gave her lots of hugs and then I felt sad. What can give such a little person bad dreams

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