My son has a bone disease and one of his medications caused what I now know were night terrors – quite different from nightmares. I would wake during the night to hear him crying (a totally different cry to his normal) in different rooms in the house. One night I found him high on his window sill trying to climb up his window and another on top of his bed head trying to climb up the wall. The terrors would last until I could get him back to his bed and re-settle him. I tried to wake him during the terrors and reinforce that “Mummy was here” but as it turns out children generally are asleep when they have these events but their bodies are ‘awake’. No amount of effort to comfort or wake makes any difference – in some cases it made it worse. I learnt after the drug was ceased and the night terrors also ceased that the best thing to do is guide your child back to bed and tuck them in and sit with them until they fall off to sleep again. I had high locks installed in the house and bought an alarm that set off across his bedroom door when he passed through because I had found him in so many different parts of our house. It was a frightening time and one that I wish I had been able to talk to someone about whom had some knowledge. I am sharing this to assist anyone else who may be going through this frightening experience.
Posted by mundoo, 10th August 2013