Sleep disruption is parents' most frequent concern during the first years of a child's life. Half of all children develop a disrupted Sleep pattern serious enough to warrant physician assistance.
If your child seems to be experiencing night terrors, an evaluation by the child's pediatrician may be useful. During this evaluation, the pediatrician may also be able to exclude other possible disorders that might cause night terrors.
Parents might take the following precautions at home:
Frequent follow-up care with the family to provide support and reassurance helps alleviate their anxieties.
If your child has several night terrors, you can try to interrupt his/her Sleep in order to prevent the night terror.
Continue this routine for a week
Night terror episodes are short-lived and usually occur over several weeks. Nearly all children outgrow night terrors by adolescence.
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