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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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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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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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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?

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?

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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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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Terror (Definition)

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