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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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Night Terrors (Definition)

Night terrors is a sleep condition that most often occurs in kids 3 to 12 years of age. Kids will often wake up suddenly terrified, screaming, and exhibiting signs of fight or flight such as rapid heart beat and sweating. Night terrors are different than nightmares or bad dreams in that night terrors are not dreams (which by definition occur in REM sleep) and kids will not remember ...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?

Head Injury: There is no such thing as a "mild concuson" the old grading scale has lost it's usefulness. We know a conclusion is a conclusion, and everyone recovers differently from each episode. Rest, avoidance of screens (tv, cel phone, video games, etc) and rest are the best ways to get over a conclusion. However, in you son's case, in think it it time to have a reevaluation of his condition. ...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?

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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Terror (Definition)

Terror is a feeling of extreme fear. Terror can occur with ...Read more