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Is it normal for a 2 year old to have "night terrors" at everynap/bed time within 30 minutes of sleep and throughout the whole sleep time? The baby sleeps for 30 minutes, wakesup screaming, goes back to sleep for 30 minutes and wakes up again. It has been

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Dr. Kevin Passer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
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In brief: Maybe not

It is not really common or normal for a child to have such frequent episodes as you describe.
What does the pediatrician say? You may want to seek out further evaluation with a pediatric neurologist, a child psychiatrist or a developmental pediatrician who can perform some tests just to make sure it's nothing serious.

In brief: Maybe not

It is not really common or normal for a child to have such frequent episodes as you describe.
What does the pediatrician say? You may want to seek out further evaluation with a pediatric neurologist, a child psychiatrist or a developmental pediatrician who can perform some tests just to make sure it's nothing serious.
Dr. Kevin Passer
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Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics

In brief: Not unusual

I wouldn't call night terrors normal, but her pattern is not unusual for someone who has night terrors.
They occur at a very specific point in the sleep cycle, so she has the pattern one would expect. You can sometimes break the cycle by gently distupting the cycle about 5 minutes before she would normally have one. If it's at 30 minutes, then at 25 minutes gently reposition, slightly awaken.

In brief: Not unusual

I wouldn't call night terrors normal, but her pattern is not unusual for someone who has night terrors.
They occur at a very specific point in the sleep cycle, so she has the pattern one would expect. You can sometimes break the cycle by gently distupting the cycle about 5 minutes before she would normally have one. If it's at 30 minutes, then at 25 minutes gently reposition, slightly awaken.
Dr. Holly Maes
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Unusual pattern

Night terrors are seldom as persistent as described.
If you can touch the kid lightly during an "event" and they awake & acknowledge you immediately, it is not a night terror, it's a nightmare. If your kid is indeed hard to arouse during these events & they are this frequent, i would want the kid evaluated at a sleep study center. A continuous eeg reading during events could define their origin.

In brief: Unusual pattern

Night terrors are seldom as persistent as described.
If you can touch the kid lightly during an "event" and they awake & acknowledge you immediately, it is not a night terror, it's a nightmare. If your kid is indeed hard to arouse during these events & they are this frequent, i would want the kid evaluated at a sleep study center. A continuous eeg reading during events could define their origin.
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