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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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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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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 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

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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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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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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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I have been having night terrors the last couple. Nights. I used to have them as a child. They are now causing me to be exhausted. What can I do?

I have been having night terrors the last couple. Nights. I used to have them as a child. They are now causing me to be exhausted. What can I do?

Night Terrors: Recurrence of night terrors may be due to certain factors.It can be from improper nutrition, hypoglycemia, sleep deprivation and sleep apnea.Yoy have to think about these causes.And some time it can also be due to some one going through stressful situation in life.Once you deyermine if any of these are causing terrors then you can be treatedtherapy and night time meds like Valium or Xanax (alprazolam) may help. ...Read more

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Can i tell me how i can stop night terrors?

Can i tell me how i can stop night terrors?

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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Is it bad to wake a baby having night terrors?

Is it bad to wake a baby having night terrors?

Yes: True night terrors will self limit in minutes (up to 15) & the kid will never remember the event.They will be frightened if a scared looking parent wakens them for no apparent reason. Nightmares tend to occur early in the morning & the kid will awaken as soon as the sense a light touch on their skin. If it takes more than that, let them be. ...Read more

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Help! what does it mean if i'm having night terrors?

Help! what does it mean if i'm having night terrors?

Night Terrors?: It means you are 30 years younger than you stated. Night terrors are self limiting and occur in young chidren. Nightmares are more likely. Thereare lots of reasons for nightmares. Probaby being anxious about something is the most common cause, . ...Read more

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Please help, i've been having night terrors nonstop?

Please help, i've been having night terrors nonstop?

Night terrors: Please see the accompanying article on night terrors. Treatments consist of psychotherapy and occasionally medications, especially klonopin (clonazepam). The article is an excellent review of night terrors in adults. Sleep.Lovetoknow.Com/night_terrors_in_adults includes: night terror episodes, causes of night terrors in adults, diagnosing night terrors, and treating night terrors. ...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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Boyfriend having violent night terrors. What should we do?

See a sleep doctor: You need to see a sleep specialist so he/she can take a more thorough intake history to try and better figure out what may be going on. One thing to make sure he is doing is getting enough sleep. At least 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Chronic sleep deprivation is a common trigger for these night-time parasomnias. Good luck! ...Read more

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How do I help someone with night terrors? What should I do?

Leave them alone: By definition, a kid will not awake easily during a night terror and will not remember having one. If you grab, hold, shake etc. You will likely scare them if they wake. Most nt are brief, lasting 5+/- min & the kid settles, awakes later refreshed with no recollection of the event. If a light touch does not waken the kid, leave them alone. ...Read more

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How do you treat night terrors in 3 year olds?

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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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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's theq difference between nightmares and night terrors?

What's theq difference between nightmares and night terrors?

Distinct Differences: Nightmares, dreams that evoke feelings of fear and horror, are considered normal. Night terrors, evoking feelings of dread or terror are considered a sleep disorder. Nightmares are much more common than night terrors. Subjects can usually recall the content of nightmares but not night terrors. Each occurs at different stages of sleep. Night terrors often cause more physical symptoms. ...Read more

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Night Terrors (Definition)

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