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How do you treat night terrors in 3 year olds?

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How do you treat night terrors in 3 year olds?

Night terrors: Establish bedtime routine, make sure the child gets enough rest, no staying up too late, be patient, do not wake the child up during the attack, make sure the child does not get hurt, and if the attacks occur frequently, consult the Pediatrician for possible sleep studies. ...Read more

Nightmares (Definition)

Also known as "dream anxiety disorder, " this is a sleep disorder characterized by frequent nightmares. The nightmares, which often portray the individual in a situation that jeopardizes their life or personal safety, usually occur during the ...Read more


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9 year old boy snores very loudly and has night terrors what can we do to reduce his snoring and nightterrors?

9 year old boy snores very loudly and has night terrors what can we do to reduce his snoring and nightterrors?

Consider ENT: Tonsillar and adenoidal hypertrophy can cause snoring in a nine year old child. Snoring in any child is not an acceptable situation as it suggests airway obstructive breathing and/or OSA at night which leads to non-restorative and restless sleep, excessive daytime sleepiness, behavioral symptoms resembling ADHD and nightmares or night terrors. It can contribute to fatigue and excessive weight. ...Read more

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I'm a 17 year old girl and I have been having night terrors more often in the last 2 months. Used to have them when I was younger. Why r they back?

Adolescent: In adolescence many psychological problem may worsen. Please see your primary care and may need counseling and psychological evaluation ...Read more

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Is it normal for a 2 year old to have "night terrors" at everynap/bed time within 30 minutes of sleep and throughout the whole sleep time? The baby sleeps for 30 minutes, wakesup screaming, goes back to sleep for 30 minutes and wakes up again. It has been

Is it normal for a 2 year old to have "night terrors" at everynap/bed time within 30 minutes of sleep and throughout the whole sleep time? The baby sleeps for 30 minutes, wakesup screaming, goes back to sleep for 30 minutes and wakes up again. It has been

Maybe not: It is not really common or normal for a child to have such frequent episodes as you describe. What does the pediatrician say? You may want to seek out further evaluation with a pediatric neurologist, a child psychiatrist or a developmental pediatrician who can perform some tests just to make sure it's nothing serious. ...Read more

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My 5 year old daughter has night terrors a couple times a week, and screams in her sleep. Any ideas as to why?

My 5 year old daughter has night terrors a couple times a week, and screams in her sleep. Any ideas as to why?

Speak to doctor: Some children have night terrors which pass with time. Obviously, a more detailed history of your daughter would be necessary in order to determine if there could be anything triggering these or if they are likely to pass. Have to spoken to her pediatrician about the problem? ...Read more

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My 6 year old was diagnosed with a mild concussion a month ago he now complains that parts of his head hurt and is now waking with night terrors which?

My 6 year old was diagnosed with a mild concussion a month ago he now complains that parts of his head hurt and is now waking with night terrors which?

Mild?: Kids do occasionally have headaches associated with even modest head trauma up to a month after the event. Whether this represents that event or something else would require an evaluation. Night terrors are more likely a reflection of sleep habits that have suffered leading to a deficit of effective sleep. Worth a re-check. ...Read more

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My son is having night terrors every night. He is 6 years old. What can I do to help? He doesn't remember anything in the morning.

Every night?: Most children outgrow their night terrors but it can take 1 to 2 years. Some children have them 2-3 times per week. If this is happening on a nightly basis, it may be best to follow with the pediatrician as there can be medicines or behavior techniques which help. ...Read more

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Night terrors? My daughter is 2 years old she is constantly having night terrors. She cries sometimes and kicks and is constantly all over the bed? What can I do, because I really feel like she is getting the necessay sleep for a child? Where do night ter

Night terrors? My daughter is 2 years old she is constantly having night terrors. She cries sometimes and kicks and is constantly all over the bed? What can I do, because I really feel like she is getting the necessay sleep for a child? Where do night ter

If: If she is consistently waking around 2-3 hours after falling asleep, try going into her room around 1 hour after falling asleep and gently touching her to bring her out of a deep sleep without fully awakening her. This may alter her sleep cycle and help to alleviate the night terrors. Do this for several nights. It may help prevent the night terrors. ...Read more

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I am 18 years old (female) and have bad night terrors and wake up with racing heart. No traumatic experience/medication. What's the problem? Help?

Night terrors: Possible panic attacks during sleep, or a sleep disorder. Recommend first evaluation by neurologist for sleep studies, then if all normal, referral to psychiatry to explore tx for anxiety issues. ...Read more

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What can I take to stop night terrors from occurring, I've been having them for several years?

What can I take to stop night terrors from occurring, I've been having them for several years?

You'll need. Rx: For my patients, I often have success in curbing night terrors with the medication- nortriptyline. You will need a prescription. I always start with the lowest possible dose which is ten milligrams about eight pm. That dose seems to work about half the time, if not; I will try 25 mgs at bedtime. You need a prescription, it's $4.00 at walmart. Good luck. ...Read more

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My 15 month old son appears to be having night terrors occasionally. What is the best way to handle night terrors? Is there any prevention techniques?

My 15 month old son appears to be having night terrors occasionally. What is the best way to handle night terrors? Is there any prevention techniques?

See Your Doctor: Sleep Terrors=intense arousal state of confusion, fear, agitation, sweating, rapid HR/breathing, & more. Common in pre-school/school ages. (3 yr olds & up). Child is unresponsive to comforting, may not recognize parent, has no recollection after awakens. Attempts to wake child can prolong event. Precipitated by stress, inadequate sleep, & more. Due to child's age, see doctor for correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is my one yr old having night terrors? My one yr old wakes up screaming when I try to pick him up he will usualy throw himself back down onto the bed and doesn't want me to pick him up when I do finaly pick him up he pushes and kicks screaming louder we

Common in children: Most night terrors, children has no recall when they wake up. Suggest looking at what he eats prior to bedtime. May have allergy to certain foods. Try switching his food and use something different if this helps then avoid that certain food. ...Read more

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My 2 yrs old hardly sleeps maybe avg. 6 hrs/night wakes up often. He does not take naps. When he sleeps he has night terrors. Will Melatonin help him?

My 2 yrs old hardly sleeps maybe avg. 6 hrs/night wakes up often. He does not take naps. When he sleeps he has night terrors. Will Melatonin help him?

Don't medicate him: I would advise against medicating kids that young unless absolutely necessary. Welcome to the terrible 2s. Can you elaborate on night terrors? Maybe he just needs a night light or to sleep next to his parents? ...Read more

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My 4yr old has been having night terrors. If I hear her screaming / crying in her sleep should I wake her up when this is happening?

My 4yr old has been having night terrors. If I hear her screaming / crying in her sleep should I wake her up when this is happening?

Observe: The kids with night terrors are often sleep deficient and enter deep sleep state like sleep walkers. Kids with nightmares will waken immediately to light touch, night terrors do not and you should let it run its course. Most last 5-10 min. If you shake to wake it frightens them. Nt are not remembered. A change in sleep routine that permits as little as 15 min more sleep/night will often end these. ...Read more

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My 13mth old has had 3 night terrors since june. Tonight from overtired-missed nap. Crying loudly and unresponsive, even w/eyes open 2hrs into sleep.

My 13mth old has had 3 night terrors since june. Tonight from overtired-missed nap. Crying loudly and unresponsive, even w/eyes open 2hrs into sleep.

Night terrors: You are on target with a night terror label. These are common for kids with poor sleep habits and reflect a rapid entry into deep sleep triggered by that deficit. It is similar to sleep walking in older kids and adults. Improving the night ritual with some wind down time, reading or other comforting activity helps along with gaining as little as a half hour per night of sleep will usually end them. ...Read more

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8 yr old boy. Bedwetting, periodic night terrors, deep sleeper. Catheterized as toddler in er. On 1/2-1 ddavp (desmopressin). 2 nightly for 2 mos. What is next step to help him? Long trm effects of ddavp (desmopressin)?

8 yr old boy. Bedwetting, periodic night terrors, deep sleeper. Catheterized as toddler in er. On 1/2-1 ddavp (desmopressin). 2 nightly for 2 mos. What is next step to help him? Long trm effects of ddavp (desmopressin)?

Nocturnal enuresis: Sounds like enuresis is nocturnal only. Is he a dysfunctional voider? Is he constipated? You should consult with a pediatric urologist. Somtimes anti-cholinergic agents help.
Ddavp used long term really have not much effect. It is a hormone secreted naturally by kidneys to concentrate urine. ...Read more

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My son has been taking 2mg of Kolonopin 3 times per day for several years for severe anxiety, depression and night terrors. Due to circumstances beyond his control he has been without medication for 8 days. My fear is the possibility of seizures. He is p

My son has been taking 2mg of Kolonopin 3 times per day for several years for severe anxiety, depression and night terrors. Due to circumstances beyond his control he has been without medication for 8 days. My fear is the possibility of seizures. He is p

Seizures may occur: From abrupt withdrawal of Klonopin (clonazepam) after chronic use. A list of withdrawal symptoms is on www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/m/pubmed/7841856/. If your son has a severe mental illness refractory to multiple treatment regimens, he may be eligible for SSI & Medicaid. Take him to hospital-based ER if he's symptomatic, then to a psychiatrist on his insurance provider list or your state adult mental health clinic. ...Read more

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What can be done for an adult with night terrors?

What can be done for an adult with night terrors?

Confirm Diagnosis: I don't know the background, but it would first be important to make sure that this really is a case of night terrors. Problems with night terrors are much more likely to occur in early childhood and are relatively rare in adults. If in fact night terrors are occurring, antidepressant medications are sometimes helpful. It would also be important to pay attention to good sleep hygiene. ...Read more

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What can I do to stop having extreme night terrors?

Many answers: You may be experiencing panic attacks, and could be of value to track down etiology. Many medications can help, such as xanax, (alprazolam) but you would be best served by having your doctor evaluate all of this and designing a treatment program. Success is readily available with appropriate interventions. ...Read more

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Night terrors look horrific. Are they haunted or mentally ill?

Night terrors look horrific. Are they haunted or mentally ill?

They are common: Night terrors are common and most all kids grow out of them. They usually occur before midnight, whereas night mares occur after midnight. They do seem horrific but often the child doesn't remember having one. The main thing is just to make sure the child doesn't accidently become injured during the spell. For severe cases, I have given low dose of nortriptyline liquid, like 2.5-5 mg at bedtime. ...Read more

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When I was a kid, I had frequent night terrors - I think this is not uncommon.?

When I was a kid, I had frequent night terrors - I think this is not uncommon.?

Normal phase: Many toddlers and preschoolers have a period of time when they experience night terrors. Although they are very alarming to watch as a parent, children don't typically remember them and are not permanently affected by having them. With time, the phase should pass on its own and everyone will be able to get back to their regular sleep schedules. ...Read more

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What do I do to prevent night terrors?

Night Terror?: Talk with u physician about it and he can give u medication or refer u to another physician ...Read more

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How do you prevent night terrors in family member?

No True Prevention: Night terrors most commonly occur in younger children and are usually associated with younger developmental stages. There is no consistent way to prevent them, and they usually disappear over time. Sometimes there are connected to other sleep related disturbances, and medications to help with sleep may improve the night terrors. ...Read more

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What can I do about my nightmares and night terrors?

What can I do about my nightmares and night terrors?

Therapy: Therapy can help learn to deal with past trauma. Some antidepressant meds and some blood pressure meds can help with night terrors which are different from nightmares. People don't recall night terrors which occur in a different phase of sleep. See a psychiatrist for evaluation. ...Read more

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What stage of sleep is associated with night terrors?

What stage of sleep is associated with night terrors?

Initial Stages: Typically, night terrors are associated with the earlier phases if sleep and commonly occur before midnight. That is in contrast to night mares, which are associated with later stages of sleep and with rem sleep. Night mares more commonly occur after midnight, although there are exceptions. While an unpleasant nuisance, both night terrors and night mares are normal. Most kids "grow out of" them. ...Read more

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Adult with night terrors, no past trauma, what to do?

Adult with night terrors, no past trauma, what to do?

Night terrors: There is some evidence that night terrors can result from being overtired, hence creating a bedtime schedule can help. Also, if chronic, waking you up around the time they may occur (first few hours of sleep) can also help. Medications are rarely needed, and one old remedy some still use is valium for short period of time. ...Read more

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