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A 28-year-old female asked:

4yr old has been having"bad dreams"almost every night, wakes up screaming and crying. what could be causing this? should i take her to see pediatricia

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Marshall Seligmann
Pediatrics 15 years experience
Night Terrors: Night terrors are a parasomnia - like sleepwalking - that occur during deep sleep, but do not occur during REM (dreaming) sleep, and are not due to nightmares. Children with night terrors will appear to awaken screaming and crying, but they then go back to sleep and awaken in the morning with no recollection of the episode. Your pediatrician can help distinguish between these and nightmares.
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Dr. Nicholas Stratas
Psychiatry 62 years experience
Yes: Sorry, I am sure you are distressed - At 4 y old this may be a transitional sign - however in view of the skin and pain issues ought to be seen
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Last updated Mar 31, 2016

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