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How do I deal with the aftermath of night terrors? Scary stuff!
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Aftermath ?
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 you waken them, you will confuse them & must explain why you woke them to a kid who doesn't understand why.

In brief: Aftermath ?
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 you waken them, you will confuse them & must explain why you woke them to a kid who doesn't understand why.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Cornelia Franz
There is no aftermath for the child because they do not remember it. The parents are disturbed though. Know that it is common and has no long term repercussions. Great answer from Dr Ferguson!
Dr. Glen Elliott
Generally agree with above comments. Have had a few very rare cases where NTs occurred multiple times a night disturbing the entire family. Should that happen, professional evaluation is indicated.
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