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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

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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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?

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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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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What is the youngest age usually seen for night terrors ?

I've seen it @ 2y: More often described in 5-7yo kids, I have seen this occur in kids as young as 2. I't may occur in some form at an earlier age but discussing the event with the child is a large part of separating nightmares from night terrors. In younger kids they cannot report what they remember. ...Read more

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My child has night terrors at age four. What could it be?

My child has night terrors at age four. What could it be?

More sleep: Night terrors, sleep walking & sleep talking are events that tend to occur more in kids that have sleep deficits. Kids with poor sleep habits, irregular evening routines or who fight to stay awake are more likely to have these events. Developing a good evening routine & adequate nap time will often see this problem fade away. ...Read more

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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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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.

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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When does a child start to dream? And at what age do nightmares or night terrors begin?

When does a child start to dream? And at what age do nightmares or night terrors begin?

Before birth: Rem (rapid eye movement) sleep, the stage of sleep when most dreaming takes place, is present before birth, and at birth comprises about half the sleep cycle, declining gradually to about 25% into teenage and adulthood. Nightmares occur during rem sleep, but night terrors occur during deep non-rem sleep. Both can start during infancy. ...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?

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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