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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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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 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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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 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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I believe my 3 yo son is havin night terrors. Not sure how to treat this? He is combative and delerious during episodes. Any tips?

I believe my 3 yo son is havin night terrors. Not sure how to treat this? He is combative and delerious during episodes. Any tips?

Sleep disorder: If your kid does not awaken immediately when you touch him it is a nt.Most events last < 5 min and the kid should be left alone and the kid will not remember.Night terrors are considered a sleep entry disorder, often seen in those with irregular or inconsistent sleep patterns ; reflects an accumulated sleep deficit.Improving the sleep habits ; increasing hours/day of sleep can help this naturally. ...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