A night terror (or sleep terror) is when your child suddenly gets very agitated while in a state of deep sleep. Deep sleep is hard to wake up from.
If your child is having a night terror, she might look like she’s in a panic. Her heart might be racing, and she might be breathing fast and sweating.
She might also look like she’s awake – for example, her eyes might be open or she might be crying. She might even sit up or get out of bed and run around.
Your child is actually asleep during a night terror, so he won’t respond when you try to comfort him.
The episode happen suddenly and often start with a cry or scream. They usually settle down in 10-15 minutes, but they can last longer than this. They don’t usually happen more than once a night. Sometimes they happen every night and then go away for several weeks.
Examples May Include:
-Fever, especially in children
-Lack of Sleep
-Noisy or Well Lit Sleeping Environment
-Spending The Night at A Unfamiliar Place. (Sleep Over or Vacation)
-Headaches and Migraines
-Physical, Mental and Emotional Stress
Some Known Symptoms of Night Terrors.
-Screaming Hysterically and shouting
-Sitting upright in bed or sleepwalking
-Kicking, Punching, Shoving and Thrashing of limbs
-Heavy breathing, Heart Palpitations, and Excessive sweating
-Dilated pupils and increased muscle tone
-Unable to “snap out of it”
-Disorientated and Confuse upon waking up
-The victim may appear awake but not responsive
-Aggressive and Hostile behaviour
-Unable to recall what happened after the episode
Most children grow out of night terrors. But talk to your Family Doctor if they’re occurring several times a night and most nights. Your Family Doctor will be able to identify if there is more to it than only night terrors.
For example, your child may have a swollen tonsil which is affecting his/her sleep. Some children may need a further referral to a Specialist to help them with the Night Terrors.
-While it is hard to watch your child suffering from night terror episodes, it is also comforting to remember that it is not a permanent condition.
-Knowing some CAUSES of Night Terrors may provide added security in preventing the episodes from triggering.
-To be able to identify some known symptoms of night terrors and get further help from a doctor if needed.
-Understanding efforts which can prevent or minimize your child’s night terrors episodes.
-12 Tips On Handling Children with Night Terrors.