Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Night terrors again

Another bout of night terrors last night. This one lasted 15 minutes. We were able to eventually get him to wake up enough to nurse himself back to sleep. This is actually something I haven't seen in any of the research I've done on the subject - typically you cannot wake the child and they go right back to sleep when the episode is over. For JJ, it seems like you can eventually bring him to a slightly higher level of awareness and provide him with a comfort (nursing), then he can go back to sleep. Otherwise it just goes on and on until he wakes up. I don't know if this is because he is so young - most night terrors are reported in children over the age of 2 and he started having them when he was only 3 months old - or for some other reason. I wish I knew what his triggers were - my heart breaks every time he goes through these bouts, which seem to come about once a month. Poor little guy.

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