A week or so ago he had the same sort of behavior but upon picking him up he let loose with a loud burp and we thought we had found the culprit. It still took him a while for his cries to subside and for Luke to go back to sleep so the symptoms seemed the same but less severe in comparison.
A night terror, sleep terror, or pavor nocturnus is a sleep disruption similar to a nightmare however a terror occurs later in the sleep cycle when making the transition from REM sleep to non REM sleep. Unlike nightmares (which occur during REM sleep), a night terror is not technically a dream, but more like a sudden reaction of fear that happens during the transition from one sleep phase to another (KidsHealth.org). The following are symptoms of a night terror.
- Not aware of their surroundings
- Unable to talk to, comfort, or fully awaken the child
- Sweating, breathing fast, fast heart rate, and dilated pupils.
If Luke wasn't going to have a checkup this coming Wednesday Mom and I would be taking him to the doctor to make sure our diagnosis was correct. Once we hear from the doctor about what this is / could be I think Mom and I will be less panicked if / when we have a repeat of last night.