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How do I help someone with night terrors? What should I do?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Leave them alone

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 a light touch does not waken the kid, leave them alone.

In brief: Leave them alone

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 a light touch does not waken the kid, leave them alone.
Dr. James Ferguson
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