My 3.5 year old has started having what I'm confident are night terrors over the last few nights at the same time each night, an hour and a half or so after she falls asleep.. She's always had episodes of restlessness in her sleep, some talking and sitting up, crying or whining. Usually we would just put out hands on her, tell her it's ok and to go back to sleep. Four nights ago she had this same thing happen. Flip flopped in bed for awhile till my husband could get her to sleep. The next night she woke up screaming, had gotten down from her bed, was shaking, crying, and talking nonsense. We picked her up and layer her back down and calmed her and she eventually just calmed down and went back to sleep. Two nights ago she woke up screaming bloody murder, eyes wide open but couldn't focus on anything, flailing and slapping my husband as he held her.
She could slightly respond when we asked it she could hear us, but them would talk incoherently, practically hyperventilate because she was breathing so fast.
Finally husband put her down on the couch and sang to her and covered her up and she drifted back to sleep. She woke up again that night vomiting and having diahrhea which my husband and I have subsequently gotten as well. Last night husband slept with her in the other bedroom (I cosleep with our youngest son) because she didnt want to sleep in her room because she said she was scared. (I think she might have caught on to me asking her if she remembers waking up the previous night which she said she didn't.- that or she woke up partially from the worst episode and remembers us being scared). She didnt have one last night as husband woke her up about 15 minutes before we thought she was going to have another one. Same thing tonight - so far no night terror. Does this sound familiar to anyone? Anyone else have as child afraid to go to bed after picking up on this? I feel responsible for her fear of her room at this point. I had a friend even go so far as to suggest to me that she was being attacked by some evil presence! This comment doesn't help me as this is probably my worst fear as a parent and I already have anxiety problems. I feel like my world is turned upside down. Any info, your stories, input, reassurance would be great appreciated.