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Is my child having night terrors if he screams for me at nite ?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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In brief: It is a "nightmare"

Night terrors occur during "non-rem" sleep after approximately 90 min.
Of sleep. Children "awaken" screaming with fear, panic, & confusion. They are not consolable & unaware of a parent's presence. They usually don't talk and thrash about. +increased heart rates, fast breathing & sweating during episodes is noted. Nightmares occur in the last 1/3 of sleep with children easily awoken and comforted.

In brief: It is a "nightmare"

Night terrors occur during "non-rem" sleep after approximately 90 min.
Of sleep. Children "awaken" screaming with fear, panic, & confusion. They are not consolable & unaware of a parent's presence. They usually don't talk and thrash about. +increased heart rates, fast breathing & sweating during episodes is noted. Nightmares occur in the last 1/3 of sleep with children easily awoken and comforted.
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
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