Night Terrors: When to Talk with a Doctor
Tue, 04/02/2019 – 17:09
Your child’s first night terror is disconcerting to say the least. It likely involves screaming and flailing about while asleep, and as a parent you want to do whatever it takes to provide comfort. You may even wonder if it’s worth taking a trip to the pediatrician to get to the bottom of the issue. Read on for the answer to this question and more. What A Night Terror Looks Like Night terrors and nightmares may seem similar, but there is one important difference: Unlike a nightmare, children typically don’t wake up from night terrors. During the episode, they may scream, shout, flail and kick, sit up in bed, and appear terrorized. But it is very difficult to wake or communicate with a child during a night terror; most often, they are inconsolable. While the night terrors—which can last from a few seconds to a few minutes—seem traumatizing, children will usually return to normal sleep after the incident and have no memory of the night terror the next morning. Multiple Triggers Night terrors occur during the deepest stage of non-rapid eye movement sleep and are most common between midnight and 2am. There are several possible causes: They can be triggered by extreme tiredness or a
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