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Is it bad to wake a baby having night terrors?
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Agree with above; but, rarely, night terrors can last much longer than 15 minutes or occur multiple times a night. Waking is not the answer, but seeking professional help then is highly advisable.
Dr. Sarah Helfand
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends
You may want to talk to your pediatrician, because i need more information.
Is it really night terrors or nightmares or pain or something else? How old is your baby? Night terrors usually occur 2 or 3 hours after going to sleep in young children. They are typically in a deep stage of sleep, so it is hard to get them to wake up. Also, they usually don't remember the episode the next A.M.

In brief: Depends
You may want to talk to your pediatrician, because i need more information.
Is it really night terrors or nightmares or pain or something else? How old is your baby? Night terrors usually occur 2 or 3 hours after going to sleep in young children. They are typically in a deep stage of sleep, so it is hard to get them to wake up. Also, they usually don't remember the episode the next A.M.
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