January 2013 Moms

Baby Nightmares?

My LO woke last night at 11:30 totally crying and screaming. I grabbed him up and checked everything, he had recently been fed, etc. He was inconsolable until 3 in the morning!

We had been outside most of the day at the March for babies, so I checked to see if there was any hidden sunburn, but nothing wrong on his body. Tried some gas drops, etc. nothing helped. We were going to take him to the ER when he finally started to settle a little.

I was crying myself because he was so upset.

I know there were many things that can make babies upset and cry like that, but this was soo different.

He has no outward signs of teething, and has been fine all day so far, so probably not that.

We sorta think he may have had a nightmare or something, can babies have scary dreams? I haven't hit up Google or anything. Anyone else have an experience like this? I'm still a little shook up myself!

Re: Baby Nightmares?

  • I know night terrors can happen in toddlers... so...maybe?
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  • No, I don't think they have nightmares. They don't have the capacity to really have fears yet.  its mostly instinctual at this point.   It could be a lot of things. Maybe a painful gas bubble.
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  • Even though there are no outward signs of teething, it could have been that. Our little one does not have whitecaps yet but she has had 2 inconsolable episodes where we ended up giving her teething tabs and she settled right down.

  • I'm pretty sure DD has nightmares. Sometimes she wakes up from a dead sleep and just absolutely screams. Like you said, nothing is wrong and she calms down after a couple minutes and goes back to sleep. She's never screamed for hours like that, sounds like something might have been wrong. I don't know, that's scary.
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    My LO woke last night at 11:30 totally crying and screaming. I grabbed him up and checked everything, he had recently been fed, etc. He was inconsolable until 3 in the morning!

    We had been outside most of the day at the March for babies, so I checked to see if there was any hidden sunburn, but nothing wrong on his body. Tried some gas drops, etc. nothing helped. We were going to take him to the ER when he finally started to settle a little.

    I was crying myself because he was so upset.

    I know there were many things that can make babies upset and cry like that, but this was soo different.

    He has no outward signs of teething, and has been fine all day so far, so probably not that.

    We sorta think he may have had a nightmare or something, can babies have scary dreams? I haven't hit up Google or anything. Anyone else have an experience like this? I'm still a little shook up myself!


    Update: he slept for 4 hours straight today at daycare, otherwise he was a happy boy. Maybe it was bad gas... I still have momanxiety!
  • i am having a similar experience tonight!
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  • R had a super rough night last night we were up several times settling her down. She was fine when we were holding her but not when we put her down. I really think it was teething because she has been drooling, sucking, biting, gumming.....all of the above. If she continues to do so I am not hesitating giving her half a dose of Tylenol. Half of what the doc recs I mean.

    However I do believe they have nightmares. My landlord swears babies have nightmares of coming through the birth canel. I wouldn't go that far but I suppose one would never know either.
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