Although night terrors typically occur in children ages 3-12, they can happen to anyone of any age.
Night terrors are not like nightmares, most children do not recall the event while some adults may remember a fragment of a dream.
Some of the symptoms of a night terror include increase heart rate and breathing, and sweating. It typically begins approximately 90 minutes after falling asleep. The child sits up in bed and screams, appearing awake but is confused, disoriented, and un-responsive to stimuli. The child may have recurrent episodes of intense crying and fear. They may get up out of bed and sleepwalk. The child seems unresponsive to the parents trying to comfort or wake them. Although most episodes last 1-2 minutes, they may last up to 30 minutes before the child relaxes and returns to normal sleep.
Night Terrors may be caused by the following:
- Stressful life events
Medications that affect the central nervous system
Recent anesthesia given for surgery
Home Remedies for Night Terrors:
- Make sure child’s room is safe to try to prevent injury during episode.
Eliminate all sources of sleep disturbances.
Maintain consistent bedtime routine and wake-up time.
Night Terror Prevention:
- First, note how many minutes the night terror occurs from your child’s
Then, awaken your child 15 minutes before the expected night
terror, and keep her awake and out of bed for 5 minutes. You
may want to see if she will urinate.
Continue this routine for a week.
Night terrors are typically short lived and usually occur over several weeks. Nearly all children will outgrow night terrors by adolescence. If night terrors persist, seeking the advice of your physician may ease your mind. They may be able to help by doing a complete history and physical examination.
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