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Feb. 2nd, 2009

For the last three nights, the boy had been having night terrors. Initially, I thought he was just having a bad dream but his reaction really alarmed me as it was the first time I'd witnessed it. The first night, I was awoken by his loud scream and when I dashed into his room, he was trashing around the bed, kicking his legs about and rolling about non-stop. He had a look of intense fear on his face and his tongue was lolling about. I really panicked when I saw him behaving like that and when my reassurance and hugs couldn't calm him down at all, I really felt so helpless. It was only after about 20 minutes or so that he finally calmed down and fell asleep. The day after, he had totally no memory of what had happened. I only realised that he was suffering from this sleep terror disorder after I googled about it when it happened the second night in a row.

Night terrors are a common sleep problem among children. By some estimates, about 15% of younger children have occasional night terrors.Although most common in children between the ages of 2 and 6 years,they can occur at almost any age.

Although usually considered to be normal or benign, they are often very scary and distressing to parents who often overreact, especially during a child's first night terror.

When you hear how most experts describe night terrors, it is easy to see why parents find them distressing. Children who have night terrors are usually described as 'bolting upright' with their eyes wide open,with a look of fear and panic, and letting out a 'blood curdlingscream'. These kids will usually also be sweating, breathing fast andhave a rapid heart rate (autonomic signs). And although it will seem like they are awake, during a night terror, children will appearconfused, will not be consolable and won't recognize you.Typical night terrors last about 5 to 30 minutes and afterwards,children usually return to a regular sleep. If you are able to wake your child up during a night terror, he is likely to become scared and agitated, mostly because of your own reaction to the night terror,especially if you were shaking or yelling at him to wake up. Instead oftrying to wake up a child having a night terror, it is usually betterto just make sure he is safe, comfort him if you can, and help him return to sleep once it is over.
Info from here : http://pediatrics.about.com/cs/sleep/a/night_terrors.htm

Realised that I'd made the mistake of trying to wake him up which may have agitated him more. Also, I'd thought initially that he was having kind of seizure because he was convulsing quite badly during the episodes but based on the info on the net, it does seem like night terrors do appear similar to epileptic seizures. Am somewhat relieved after reading all this info because I was really quite affected after seeing him like that for 3 nights in a row. The cause of this could be due to fatigue, stress or illness...my guess is that he'd been really on the 'high' after all the CNY visiting and various activities I'd involved him in.. Made a conscious effort to wind him down when I put him into bed earlier on..Hopefully, there won't be any occurrence tonight.

Any of you or your kids suffered from this before?

Took some pics of us earlier on..
He had his first spelling test today and he got it all correct so he was in a very jovial mood..

He's started his golf lesson in ACSJ already..I'm also retaking golf lessons again so that hopefully, we can play together in the future. Went to the Executive Golf Course at Mandai on Sunday to swing at the balls abit and let him have a go at it. He may look as if he knows what he's doing but he was playing golf hockey most of the time :)


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Feb. 2nd, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
hes looking darn pro la!! ;)
Feb. 2nd, 2009 02:21 pm (UTC)
ya..LOOK only :)
at least he enjoyed 'hitting' the ball lah!
(no subject) - tiffanyx - Feb. 2nd, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 2nd, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
gee, sounds scary!! you must have been terrified! Maybe that's why old folks used to tell us not to overplay with kiddos, else they will become "hum bin"...
Feb. 2nd, 2009 02:26 pm (UTC)
yeah..i was really terrified to be honest. The first night, I thought it was just a nightmare but when it happened during the 2nd night, i was really alarmed. thanks to the internet i have my answers.

strange is that aidan had always been so hyper and active and it is only now that he's getting this night terror..oh well, just have to make sure he calms down before he goes to sleep and like what you said, not to let him 'overplay'.
Feb. 2nd, 2009 02:24 pm (UTC)
He sure looks like a pro here!

Anyway, my boys had these night terrors before but never 3 times in a row. Just once in a blue moon when they were younger.
Feb. 2nd, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
oh..any idea if i should be concerned that it is happening back to back? i wanted to bring him to the doc initially but was wondering whether i was over-reacting..*sigh*

(no subject) - timroy - Feb. 3rd, 2009 05:57 am (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 2nd, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
last picture his stance salah :P but he'll get the hang of it. Mandai one needs membership?
Feb. 2nd, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
heh i know his stance is salah..but we were just letting him hit the ball. will let his instructor coach him.
Nope..you don't need to have any membership. It is a public course. Don't need handicap to play..no dress code required either.
Feb. 2nd, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
alex has this kind of night terror once in a while too. it's like he's in a nightmare and he just kept crying and crying. in the end it's my croaking that calmed him down.

aidan looks girlish in the first pic! just focus on the face and dun look at his short hair and boys clothes.
Feb. 2nd, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
yeah i guess all we can do is just be at their side to comfort them. i just hope it will go away soon..

it is his eyes i think that makes him look girlish! alex has very nice eyes too!
Feb. 2nd, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
ahh, the sleep terror!!!

You ask Jin whether she has the sermon to share with you. Ps shared something about that, just a few weeks ago!

Feb. 2nd, 2009 02:41 pm (UTC)
okay..will ask her. you mean jin's kids suffer from night terrors too? don't recall her telling me about it before..did she blog abt it?
(no subject) - l1sh - Feb. 2nd, 2009 03:04 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - jinsiew - Feb. 2nd, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 2nd, 2009 02:41 pm (UTC)
i had it when i was younger....my parents said i was damn scary all...cry la...scream la. and i do remember the recurring dream...it was being stuck in a enclosed placed and everything had no depth, like 2 d yet i was 3d...anyway, hen scary de la
Feb. 2nd, 2009 02:44 pm (UTC)
apparently, some do remember what the dream was about later..but most do not have any recollection after it has happened. u mean u had the same dream everytime..scary siah.

eh..i got soap to pass u leh :P
(no subject) - ikepod - Feb. 3rd, 2009 02:02 am (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 2nd, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC)
Did it start the night we played Lips at your house?
Feb. 2nd, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
in a way, yes but i didn't counted that night because his behavior was somewhat different. he vomited that night but then again, he couldn't remember it happening the day after. but for the next three nights, he started having the night terrors.
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Feb. 2nd, 2009 03:09 pm (UTC)
i hope the night terrors have gone...pray...Angie...it could be due to a number of reasons...he just started school etc. *hugz* to Aidan...
Feb. 2nd, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
thanks jinsiew...

aidan misses gabe alot. he's been asking when he can play with him. can we arrange a playdate soon? I haven't seen u guys for a while too!
(no subject) - jinsiew - Feb. 3rd, 2009 12:12 am (UTC) - Expand
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Feb. 2nd, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
Gillian has night terrors once in a while. It's inconsolable.
Just hug and hope that it will go away soon. Makes us feel totally helpless!!
Feb. 3rd, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)
yeah..hate the feeling of helplessness..
but it does help knowing that it is quite a common occurrence amongst kids.
Feb. 2nd, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
Say a bedtime prayer with him, for sweet dreams and a good night's rest. Works for us - in fact, when Alison *doesn't* say her prayers, that's when she gets nightmares.
Feb. 3rd, 2009 02:56 am (UTC)
will do..thanks. have to admit, i had been pretty lax with his bedtime prayers.
Feb. 2nd, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
Future Tiger Woods in the making! Heeheehee...

Night Terror sounds so scary. Perhaps light some lavender scents in his room for better sleep?
Feb. 3rd, 2009 02:57 am (UTC)
heh..if only man. then i don't need to worry abt his and my future kekeke..

don't think the scents will help with the night terror. aidan has no problem falling asleep though.
Feb. 2nd, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
My #2 does not really have the kind of night terror that Aidan experienced but he will wake up and cry if he did not get enough rest in the day, like missing his nap. So I try to force him to nap but it is increasingly difficult to do so as he gets older. When he has one of his episodes, the only way to solve it is to actually wake him up. The thing is that he may look like he is awake but he is not. Sometimes I resort to slapping him awake. :-/ He also does not remember the next day. So I am not sure if it is the same thing but I am quite sure being super hyped up in the day probably contributes to the night terror.

Also, like what Lish and Jin shared, checked what he has been watching on tv or reading or playing. Not that we are religious and superstitious but this kind of thing, there is some truth in it. A young friend of mine who has a lot of friends, including her ex-bf, who are really into this kind of gaming stuff and she herself said that she won't let her kid play some of these things. I can't remember her exact description but something to the effect of her friends being a bit "off" or glazed or something like that.
Feb. 2nd, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
Well,during the first night..he was slightly more coherent and he was mumbling about caves, doors and a key and i remember that he was watching a li' einstein dvd and the story had all of the above. Aidan loves Little Einstein and of coz i don't mind him watching it because it is quite educational but he does get scared of some of the stuff in it eg.the creepy crawlies, the ogres and the caves and dark forests. I did think that the dvd may caused his 'nightmare'. The games he plays on his psp/xbox aren't of the fantasy/role playing nature so it doesn't seem to 'influence' him that much..

thanks for sharing..
Feb. 2nd, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
Now I understand why my mum always stop our boys from playing too "rough" or high at night. I thot my mum referring those normal nightmare, which Jarrett had once or twice. I went to calm him down which last only a few seconds and he stopped.
Indeed, Night Terror sound scary. I hope Aidan will sleep better now... rest well!
Feb. 3rd, 2009 02:55 am (UTC)
he was fine yesterday but then again, i went all out to make sure the night terror won't happen. i guess i just have to ensure he winds down before he sleeps and to be mindful of the shows he watches before bedtime.
Feb. 2nd, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
hope he won't get night terrors again! must be really horrifying for you!

maybe you could play some soothing music for him to listen to at bedtime?
Feb. 3rd, 2009 02:53 am (UTC)
thankfully, it didn't occur yesterday nite but i did everything in the books to prevent it from happening..
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