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Are some kids more prone to getting night terrors?

Are some kids more prone to getting night terrors?

Yes: There is genetic component to night terrors and also certain ages you will have more of the sleep where night terrors are common. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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What causes night terrors in children?

What causes night terrors in children?

Poor sleep patterns: Night terrors/sleep walking and sleep talking are all forms of a sleep disturbance commonly linked to sleep deficits. A short term (days) or long term period where the kid is not getting enough efficient sleep may set it off. Other factors can contribute to the process. Adding as little as a half hour of sleep/24hrs can sometimes decrease or end the events. ...Read more

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How common are night terrors as a child?

How common are night terrors as a child?

Fairly common: Night terrors are common deep sleep phenomena that are developmentally normal and can occur between 1-3 years of age. ...Read more

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What must I do if my child has night terrors often?

What must I do if my child has night terrors often?

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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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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Is my child having night terrors if he screams for me at nite ?

Is my child having night terrors if he screams for me at nite ?

Specific pattern: Calling out for you at night is unlikely to be a night terror. Night terrors are events that occur in deep sleep like sleep walking, and the child has no memory of the event. If you touch a kid in a night terror, they do not awaken but contine for a time & then relax back into sleep if you let them. Touch a kid in a nightmare & they aleart immediately & know you. If they're just lonely they call. ...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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I was wondering what do I need to do to get rid of these night terrors?

I was wondering what do I need to do to get rid of these night terrors?

Night terrors?: Nightmares more likely in a 36 year old. Night terrors typically occur for a short period in young children. My starting point would be to dicuss this with a trusted primary caregiver first, . ...Read more

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Is there anything a child can do to prevent night terrors?

Is there anything a child can do to prevent night terrors?

Sleep deprivation: Sleep issues like sleep walking or night terrors are often found in kids with poor sleep habits. The average teen needs 8-9 hrs/night & occasionally more during growth spurts.If the kid is pushing the limit & developing a sleep deficit these issues come out. Discuss you kids case with doctor & see if other issues need to be assessed with a sleep study, but improving sleep habits may help. ...Read more

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What are the causes of a child's night terrors when it doesn't run in the family?

What are the causes of a child's night terrors when it doesn't run in the family?

Sleep entry disorder: Night terrors are often a sign of decreased effective sleep in childhood, with the deficit causing a rapid drop off into the deep sleep state when the problem occurs. Sleep walking and sleep talking are similar in their origin & expression.More predictable & longer sleep periods &/or short naps during the day will often improve sleeping patterns and end the night terrors. ...Read more

Terror (Definition)

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