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My 13mth old has had 3 night terrors since june. Tonight from overtired-missed nap. Crying loudly and unresponsive, even w/eyes open 2hrs into sleep.

My 13mth old has had 3 night terrors since june. Tonight from overtired-missed nap. Crying loudly and unresponsive, even w/eyes open 2hrs into sleep.

Night terrors: You are on target with a night terror label. These are common for kids with poor sleep habits and reflect a rapid entry into deep sleep triggered by that deficit.It is similar to sleep walking in older kids and adults. Improving the night ritual with some wind down time, reading or other comforting activity helps along with gaining as little as a half hour per night of sleep will usually end them. ...Read more

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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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How can I treat night terrors?

How can I treat night terrors?

Night terrors: Sleep terrors typically resolve on their own prior to the child reaching adolescence. Triggers to be minimized or avoided include acute stress, sleep deprivation, and certain medications, including sedatives, stimulants, neuroleptics, and antihistamines. ...Read more

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How can you control night terrors?

How can you control night terrors?

Not Easy: Night terrors are related to the deepest stages of sleep and most commonly occur in the preschool and early elementary school age range. They tend to be age related and usually disappear over time. They are not usually treated with medication, but occasionally antidepressant medicines will provide some benefit. They are not consistently helpful. Night terrors present no long term health risk. ...Read more

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What can be done for night terrors?

What can be done for night terrors?

It depends: There are medications that can be quite effective for helping treat sleep terrors. However, it is best to get evaluted by a qualified sleep specialist to determine the exact nature oof your problem. ...Read more

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Tell me about cures for night terrors.?

People outgrow it: Usually children with night terrors outgrow it, like sleep wallking it is an interruption in the usual sleep cycle and as the child matures so does there sleep cycles. In the meantime parent sshould be calm themselves and calm toward the child. Do not try to wake the child, the child will be confused and will not remember the event even if you do wake them up. ...Read more

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Night terrors while awake, what should I do?

Impossible: The definition of clinical night terrors requires that the individual be asleep. ...Read more

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What do I do to prevent night terrors?

Night Terror?: Talk with u physician about it and he can give u medication or refer u to another physician ...Read more

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Having night terrors combined with hallucinations, what is going on?

Having night terrors combined with hallucinations, what is going on?

See a sleep doc: Go to the american sleep association website and you can type in the word hallucinations for an excellent discussion of the topic. 25% of the population experiences sleep hallucinations, they are more common in women, and often pass with time. Night terrors are common in childhood but can continue on into adulthood. You can read more on them at www.Sleepassociation.Org i recommend a sleep disorders consultation with a sleep specialist. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between sleepwalking and having night terrors?

Is there a connection between sleepwalking and having night terrors?

Yes: Sleep walking is usually seen in older kids or adults but both are thought to represent a sleep entry disorder caused by sleep deficits. ...Read more

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Are night terrors linked to endocrine problem?

Are night terrors linked to endocrine problem?

No.: Children that have endocrine problems may have night terrors, but there is no known association between night terrors and endocrine problems. Night terrors are a parasomnia, like bed wetting, sleep walking, etc. ...Read more

Terror (Definition)

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