I have a going on 4 year old who used to have sleep terrors. Well, in the past 6 months he's started laughing hysterically in his sleep. The first time, he sat straight up and was maniacally laughing while staring at the wall. He was physcially and verbally unresponsive and after 20 mins fell back over asleep. I wondered if we should call a priest (I may not be totally jiking) it was really creepy. So we did some more research and decided it's a type of night terror. Well, the 'episodes' are getting more frequent and now he's started walking.
It happened last night, this isn't cute little kid giggling, when he starts we always go running to him b/c at first you can't tell if it's screaming or not. last night he woke up outside his bed and absolutely panicked. He threw a huge tantrum, and had a horrid time sleeping again, we were awake from 2-4 and then he still got up at 6 something.
Tonight dh actually found him at the head of the stairs flapping his hands and doing 'the laugh'. dh carried him back to bed and stayed with him until it was over.
I'm wondering if he's started sleep walking if this is something we should call the ped about? He never remembers the incident, the way he does with a bad dream but it makes me concerned that he's started wondering and that in the past 2 weeks he's had four episodes, in the the previous months it happened 1-2x's a month.
What do you think? Would you guys be worried? Anyone had experiance with this or heard of it?
Edited by faithsstuff - 8/15/12 at 4:19pm