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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

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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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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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Night Terrors (Definition)

Night terrors = parasomnia in which a person experiences extreme fear during sleep & ...Read more


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