A 18-year-old female asked:
when my 16 month old is sleeping she suddenly starts crying and wakes up.?
1 doctor answer
Dr. James Ferguson answered
45 years experience Pediatrics
Terror vs nightmare: Night wakings of this nature are generally due to one of two issues. If a kid wakes up crying or seems to be struggling & whimpering & wakens immediately to light touch, they are having a nightmare. If they don't wake with light touch, but continue to struggle it is a night terror.This is a deep sleep issue common to kids with sleep deficits. Increasing nap/sleep periods over time can resolve it.
Answered on Aug 11, 2016
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